I read Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon because the movie is about to be released (exactly on the 19th of May, 2017) and I really wanted to read the book before I saw the movie.
Its a book about a girl (Madeleine, Maddy) who is so sick that she literally cannot leave her house. She breathes filtered air, eats filtered food and sees filtered and decontaminated people. Maddy is fairly content with her life until Oliver (also Olly, majorly Olly) and his family move in next door. She falls in love fairly quickly and kisses him within the first few months of them knowing each other. She also travels out of her house with him at a point in the book.
The book started really well for me. Maddy narrates the book and she starts with books (apparently, she has read more books than you have, no matter how many you have read), which I really loved. After the first few lines, she starts to explain her disease and her life with her family and all of that. I mostly finished it because I wanted to see how it ended. I have to admit though, I loved the romance, I love romance!
I liked how the first half of the book progressed, how Nicola Yoon explains everything from Maddy’s perspective. I loved the fact that Madeleine was someone who took chances and stood for what she believed in. I loved the strong relationship she had with her mother, some of us have a thing or two to learn from their relationship, and Carla. I also loved the illustrations in the book as you can see from My Instagram.
One thing I didn’t really like was the incredibly speedy way she fell in love with Olly (I don’t believe love at first sight exists). I found it really funny that someone who was literally allergic to the world would repeatedly exchange kisses with someone and even risk their lives at the drop of a hat because of said person. There is this really huge plot twist at the end that I felt was poorly handled, it could have gone a bit better and there are so many patched up parts at the end 🙁
The book also has some things to say about domestic violence, so that’s good. I hope the movie actually comes out better than the book. Overall, I rate it a 3/5.
If you feel differently about the book, please let me know in the comments section below, lets chat!
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.
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September, 2015)
Genre: Young Adult Fiction