Saturday, June 6, 2015

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Rating: 4.5 Cups of Coffee

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.

Alex's Experience: 

At first glance, this novel seems like it's going to be incredibly sad. A story about a girl who has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency and can never leave her house? That must be sad. Well, I'm here to tell you that it's not. "Everything, Everything" is a sweet and heartfelt story that, while sad at times, will ultimately leave you feeling hopeful and fulfilled. 

Maddy is a character who will teach you a thing or two on how to take risks and live fully, and I absolutely adored her. After being stuck in her house for practically her whole life with nobody to talk to besides her mom and her nurse, Carla, she meets Olly, a mysterious boy with a penchant for climbing things, who moves in next door, and her life is completely changed. 

What I loved most about Maddy besides the fact that she's half Japanese, half black (yay, diversity!) is that her years of solitude have made her wise and witty beyond her years. If you take Olly out of the picture, she's still a full and beautiful character all on her own. While the story is mainly about their relationship, Nicola Yoon doesn't rely on cliches or tropes to tell it. Her beautiful writing makes Maddy's voice front and center and goes beyond sweet romance to intense themes such as how to be comfortable being alone, gathering the courage to take risks, learning to trust yourself and facing death without fear. 

Told through IM's, lists, drawings, dictionary entries and other creative means, "Everything, Everything" truly encompasses what it's like to fall in love as a teenager: recklessly and head first, totally submerged in something you don't quite understand. Throw in Maddy's unfortunate circumstances and you have a story unlike any other. 

"Everything, Everything" will take you through a wide range of emotions, but will ultimately leave you with the understanding that life is a gift, and it's worth living fully and completely. Congratulations to Nicola Yoon on a beautiful debut novel. "Everything, Everything" will be out on shelves September 1. You'll definitely want to get your hands on this one! 

Links: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo 

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