Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press
Published on September 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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.
Before we get to the review, can we PLEASE talk about this cover:
Here’s the only thing you need to know: I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. [end review]
But seriously, I absolutely adored this story!
Here’s EVERYTHING EVERYTHING you need to know about my feels for this book:
1.) The characters made me fall in love with the story.
The story is told from the point of view of Madeline Whittier, who is a 17-year-old who is basically allergic to the world. As you can imagine, this made for an incredibly fascinating story. Learning how she lives day-to-day was interesting.
Needless to say, I really really loved Maddie. She was funny, quirky, and engaging, despite the fact she grew up confined to the inside of her home for most of her life.
I also have a SERIOUS crush on Olly, who is Maddie’s next-door neighbor, who ultimately becomes a friend and love interest.
He is HILARIOUS. There were some Olly/Maddie moments that had me laughing out loud, while swooning out of control.
TWO WORDS: FRUIT CAKE. (<–When you read this book, you’ll understand.)
You all know how much I FLOVE charts/illustrations/comics/etc in my books.
Here’s a little sample:
There are handwritten passages and diagrams which added another level of personality to this book. AND, I just loved how each thing tied into the text.
3.) The book’s dedication is EVERYTHING.
I mean, how unbelievably sweet is that?
How can you NOT read this now? THIS dedication is another reason I wanted to dive right into this story. If a book’s dedication can hit me right in the feels with only 21 words, it’s worth dedicating hours of my life reading the rest of the words this awesome author wrote.
4.) The plot.
There was happy.
There was sad.
There was romance.
There were twists.
There were tears.
But in the end, there was satisfaction.
This was a wonderfully well-rounded read; this was an original story, with interesting characters, and a compelling plot. And don’t forget, this is a DEBUT AUTHOR! *dies*
There you have it.
This was a spellbinding and gorgeously written debut; I adored everything (everything) about it.
Come September 1st, you’ll need to do yourself a favor and pick this baby up!
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