04 November 2016

Review - Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: September 1, 2015
Book Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 310
Synopsis: 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.

My Review:
I borrowed Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon from work and this is my honest review.

The thought of being so sick that you cannot even go outside for fear that you’ll die of an allergic reaction to anything, is scary. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon is about 18 year old Madeline who has been sick since she was a newborn. Anything could trigger an allergic reaction for her and because of this, she is only allowed in her air locked house, and nowhere else. Maddy is fine with her life; she's used to it, until she meets Oliver.

I have heard of these types of sickness’ before but I have never been able to read a book that centers around that sort of thing. But boy am I glad I picked this one up. I can honestly say I read this book in almost one sitting, less than 24 hours. There are so many things I just adore about this book. I love how it was set up, there were drawings, diagrams, IM’s, etc. There was so much to hold my interest along with the exciting story.

For a girl who had been locked up pretty much her entire life, and had not seen any of the real world or had the chance to have any outside of her house real world experiences, Maddy is extremely mature. Most of her thoughts were witty and made a lot of sense. I feel that if I was in her shoes I would not have been able to live life as happily as she was living hers. But then again, she grew up with this from infancy so I guess it's easier if it's all she's ever known.

Many people do not enjoy love at first sight books, and I can tell you this is not one. The way Madeline and Oliver meet is totally normal but not at the same time. He moves in next door, must notice that she's always watching for some sort of entertainment. After some persistence they start emailing and IMing and the rest is history. I was able to connect a lot with Maddy my first relationship was a long distance one so much of my time was spent texting and up all night talking because of the time distance. This may not be the same situation, but because nothing could contaminate her house, her relationship with Olly was long distance even though he was just next door.

The end was a shock, but I was severely satisfied. I had to keep reading from page 1 to the end. Everything kept getting increasingly more interesting and I could not stop. All the characters were very real to me, I was able to picture everything I read in my head and that's the kind of book I love to read. I could honestly see this book turning into a 5 star movie, from one person to another. I would recommend this to anyone just looking to check out of reality for almost 24 hours.  

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