Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary: 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 by Nicola Yoon is everything! I was in the worst reading slump that I have ever encountered before I began reading Everything, Everything, but the second I opened this incredible novel, I could not put it down. Nicola Yoon has created a remarkable story that is certain to captivate the hearts of many!
As you begin the story you are convinced that Maddy is content with the fact that she has SCID, a disease in which she is allergic to everything. Maddy does not show any signs of dissatisfaction towards the reality that she can never be like normal humans and experience the outside world. Of course, it was not the most horrendous thing that could happen to her since Maddy has some form of connection with life outside of her house. Maddy does not crave to be outside and normal until a boy moves in next door.
When Maddy first sees Olly, the next door neighbor who wears all black and has a dark burden in his life as well, she is captivated by him and his family. Maddy begins to study their lives by taking note of what they do on a regular basis. Just like Maddy is doing that to Olly, he is doing the same to her. As Olly notices that Maddy never leaves the house, he thinks that she is just grounded. When Olly learns about her illness, he does not pity or avoid her. Instead, Olly and Maddy become even closer and try to meet in person. Maddy begins to break out of her comfort zone and even put her life at risk.
Nicola Yoon has created a heartwarming story filled with beauty and excitement. The novel keeps you on the edge of your seat with its intriguing and creative plot. Filled with humor and enjoyment, you will be fangirling while watching Olly and Maddy’s relationship development. Everything, Everything is a story you can read in one sitting because it features a fast-paced writing style and a few shocking plot twists.
The characters in this story were phenomenal. The characters Nicola created were extremely realistic because of the personality traits she had provided. I felt that even though she gave the characters flaws, she did not destroy how we felt about them unless it was necessary for the story.
The illustrations in this books are another bonus to this novel. The illustrations were creative and added more life to the story. While I am on the subject of illustrations, I want to compliment the cover designer because the cover is beautiful!
Overall, Everything, Everything is an amazing story and a definite must-read!