This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
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. (via Goodreads)
Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Published: September 1, 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Note: I received an early copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 stars
Review: This book was so cute! I liked the idea of this book and I knew from the synopsis that it would be interesting. I’ve never read a book where the main character was allergic to the outside world. How interesting.
I really liked the characters in Everything, Everything. I liked the innocence of Maddy; I thought the author did a good job with her character. I liked Olly, too, but I wish I could have gotten a little more background information on him. You get some but I felt myself wanting more. Carla was an amazing character. I liked Maddy’s mom, and then I didn’t like Maddy’s mom, and then I felt bad for Maddy’s mom. She goes through some serious grief and I felt bad for the way that projected onto Maddy.
I thought the writing was great. I liked that the book has graphs and pictures, I think it’s really neat when books do that. At times I did think the writing was a little rushed though, and a little hard to believe. You’re telling me that Madeline was able to obtain a credit card and plane tickets without her mother knowing? And what about Olly’s family? His mom and sister didn’t care that he took off for two days? A little unbelievable if you ask me. But I pushed that aside for the sake of the story.
Even thought I had those slight issues with the story I was able to look passed them and see the story for what it is, which is a cute YA romance novel.