Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Published by: Corgi Childrens
Release Date: 3rd September 2015
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Everything, Everything was a spectacular book. It was funny, poignant, sad at times, and adorably romantic. And completely absorbing – I flew through it in a day!
Madeline Whittier knows she’s sick, that she can’t leave the house and never will be able to. And life outside of her protective bubble was never something she thought about much, until she gets a taste of the outside world. Madeline develops quite a lot as a character throughout the book. We see her grow and develop to become more independent and stronger as a whole. She was such a fun character, too; witty, funny and relatable – especially when she was talking about her love of books!
Olly moves in next door, and Madeline is instantly interested. Olly was equally a great character. He was funny (and adorable and gorgeous 😉 ) and full of energy and life. Their relationship grows gradually – through IMs and Emails – and they go from friends to something more. I loved how their relationship developed, perfectly paced, and they were the most adorable couple!
I loved how visual this book was. Nicola Yoon’s writing style is so fun and upbeat – it flowed perfectly. I would sit down to read for 10 minutes, and would resurface to find myself having read 100+ pages an hour or so later. I was completely hooked. I think another reason why I loved this book so much was the illustrations on some pages – little drawings and graphs of things that were just spoken about in the book so that we can not only imagine them in our heads, but actually see how they were intended. And the emails – we saw those too, and it was these touches that made this amazing book even greater. I hadn’t ever read a book quite like this before!
Everything, Everything was one of my favourite books of 2015, and I can’t recommend it enough! 🙂 ★★★★★