September 8, 2015

ARC Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
Nicola Yoon
320 pages
Published: September 1st 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next door neighbors. I look out the 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. I want to learn everything about him, and I do. I learn that he is funny and fierce. I learn that his eyes are Atlantic Ocean-blue and that his vice is stealing silverware. I learn that when I talk to him, my whole world opens up, and I feel myself starting to change—starting to want things. To want out of my bubble. To want everything, everything the world has to offer.

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.

At first, I was very confused when reading because Maddie is not allergic to everything. She has SCID, which is very different from an allergy. Allergic reactions have to do with histamines, SCID has to do with T and B cells in the immune system. Anyways,  I realized I didn't read the passage about her disease close enough (silly me) and I misunderstood it. So, aside from my mistake that left me confused for a short while in the beginning, this book was ah-mazing. 

Maddie our main character has been kept in her house for almost 15 years. No one can see her without an intense decontamination process. Maddie is pretty content with her life though. But then she gets new neighbors, she begins wanting more. She wants to be friends with her neighbor Ollie, she wants to be more then friends. Her life seemed very tragic and upsetting to me. I liked seeing her start to want more. I liked seeing Maddie get tired of her rather monotonous lifestyle. This was one of those cases where the boy helps the girl find herself and the boy "changes" the girl, but it was so beautifully done and it was in a way that added to the story and Maddie's character development. 
Here's an example:
“If my life were a book and you read it backward, nothing would change. Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today. In the book of Maddy, all the chapters are the same.
Until Olly.”

Also, the book had these adorable documents and drawings scattered throughout and I really enjoyed them. 

I liked the ending but I also didn't really like the ending. I can't say why, because its a huge spoiler, but if you've read the book highlight the text inside the parentheses to see why. ( I *sort of* liked it because it was so shocking and allowed Maddie to be with Olly, but I didn't like it because it kind of took away from the diversity of the book. Maddie is suppose to have SCID and have to live with that for life, but since she didn't really have it she gets to live out the rest of her life as normal and I just feel that took away the meaningfulness of her struggles and her disease)


“Maybe we can't predict everything, 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”
― Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

“Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”
― Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything

2 comments:

  1. I had already spoiled myself the ending a looong way back, and for that reason alone I am going to skip this book. It's so sad to see that things could have ended in a more powerful way if it weren't for that. Great review, though.

    Vane at Books With Chemistry

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  2. YAY, so happy to see that you loved this book too! I saw the ending coming, but I can see why you kind of liked it and didn't. I agree with you, but I think the way Yoon wraps up the story is just so heart-warming and still totally worth the read. Loved the quotes you picked out! <3 Fab review, Sam!

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