REVIEW – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title  – Everything, Everything
Author – Nicola Yoon
Publication Date – September 1, 2015

Risk everything . . . for love.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.

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 will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It’s an innovative,  inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

I’ve been aching to read Everything, Everything from the moment I heard buzz about it, but especially once they announced the movie deal. I expected a gut-wrenching story that would tear me to pieces, but Nicola Yoon delivered something entirely different for her debut novel. Everything, Everything delivers such a beautifully poignant message that I took to heart and have a feeling other readers will do the same.

“Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.”

I tend to fall into the category of a romance reader, so I loved seeing Madeline come alive with the introduction of Olly. You could slowly see life being breathed into her through each of their interactions as well as the ability to seeing life through his eyes. However, I also loved that the story didn’t just center around their growing relationship. There was something about the message of being alive and living that hit really close to home, and left my heart a mess in a completely unexpected manner. Further, one of my favorite things about Everything, Everything was the accompanied illustrations as well as the texting conversations. Traditionally, I’m not one for these extra bells and whistles because the connection I feel to the characters can get lost. However it actually enhanced how I felt about both Madeline and Olly, allowing me to feel more deeply the emotions they were experiencing.

“But it’s never just one moment. It’s a series of them. And your life can branch out from each one in a thousand different ways. Maybe there’s a version of your life for all the choices you make and all the choices you don’t.”

Everything, Everything is the debut novel from Nicola Yoon, but it felt anything but. With strong characters and deep emotional ties, the standalone novel felt like something delivered from a woman who was born to write. It was innovative and filled with intent to deliver a message that every person should hear. Everything, Everything and it’s push to live certainly breathed life into this reader and I can’t wait to see what magic Yoon will put out into the world next.


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