Everything, Everything: Review
Paging all fans of heartwarming, tear-jerking, fuzzy-feelings books! If you haven't read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon yet, what are you waiting for?! I'm so glad I finally had the chance to read this lovely novel, and now I can finally jump into the movie adaptation without regrets! Read on for a spoiler-free review on why I enjoyed this book so much.
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.
First and foremost, Everything, Everything is perfect for fans of John Green. Told in the first person perspective of Maddy, a girl who has grown up in the confines of her sanitized room, Yoon is whimsical with her storytelling devices. She includes Maddy's sketches, notes, emails, IMs, you name it. It adds color to Maddy's life, something that is sorely needed in her sheltered life. These little extras are visually creative and provide something tangible for us, the readers, to hold on to.
I was quickly hooked by the story, in part due to Yoon's easy writing style, and also because of Maddy's character. I really liked her, and I don't say that lightly because I'm usually annoyed by protagonists for one reason or another. I felt the emotions that Maddy felt. She's an intelligent and quirky young woman, and despite all that has missed out on, I admired her resilience and big heart.
Olly, the boy that moves in next door, was also a lovable character. But that's really what he is- a side character. He's clearly the romantic interest, but he doesn't take the story away from Maddy. We get some backstory into Olly's family and why he has suddenly moved next door, but certainly not his life's story. Everything, Everything is a standalone novel- and it's a novel about Maddy coming to terms with her existence. Olly is an important emotional hurdle for her to experience, but he does not define her, or the pacing of the book.
However, the one star that I take off from my rating has to do with the ending. Without going into too much detail, I just felt it was way too convenient. It was rushed, and could have used an extra chapter or two to develop.
I rate Everything, Everything 4/5 stars!