Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Genre: YA
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
Format: Kindle
Length: 311 pages
Description from Goodreads:

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.

I adored Everything Everything. It was a perfect mix of humor, love, sadness, and pain. I felt so many different emotions during this book, and fell so in love with Nicola Yoon’s writing.

One of my favorite things about this book were the little illustrations between chapters. They were hilarious and added so much to the character of Maddy.

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I also just really loved Maddy’s voice. There were a few lines here and there that were a bit over-the-top cheesy to me, but overall I loved her.

I loved the romance between Maddy and Olly. They were so cute together, and I was rooting for a happy ending the whole time.

I loved that they started falling for each other over IM. Even though most of us aren’t confined to our house, I think a lot of people can relate to the feeling of falling for someone via text messages or IM. It reminded me so much of the AIM days and first loves.

Apart from the romance, this book is also full of strong female relationships. It would have no problem passing the Bechdel Test. I was particularly fond of the relationship between Maddy and Carla. Maddy and her mom have a great relationship too, but it’s Maddy and Carla that really got to me. She was the perfect combination of loving and tough. Throughout the book you could really feel the love that Carla had for Maddy and that all of her decisions were based on how happy she could make Maddy.

If you like funny and witty main characters, fun interludes between chapters, short chapters, and first loves, this is the book for you.

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