Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Expected Publication: September 1, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary
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I read this as an Advanced Reader Copy ebook on my Kindle Paperwhite.  Thank you NetGalley and Random House for the ARC! 

“We watch the way the water pulls back and turns over and beats against the sand, trying to wear the earth away.  And even though it doesn’t succeed, it pulls back and pounds the shore again and again, as if there were no last time and there is no next time and this time is the time that counts.” ebook, Loc 2458

Madeleine has learned to deal with the unfortunate circumstances that come hand-in-hand with her disease, but when a new family moves in next door, she finds herself wanting so much more out of her fragile life.

For a full synopsis, visit Goodreads.

MGM has optioned the rights to this novel.  J. Mills Goodloe, who wrote the script for the Age of Adaline, will adapt the book for the big screen. (Source)

I haven’t stayed up to finish a book in a while and then came Everything, Everything.  I’ve had the ARC sitting in my Kindle for a couple of months now but decided to hold off until closer to the publication date.  So on a random night last week, I started this book at around 10PM…and didn’t sleep until I finished around 2AM.

The book followed an 18-year-old girl named Madeleine who was in constant house arrest due to being allergic to everything.  Extreme, right?  It was a sad situation and you as a reader couldn’t help but feel for her.

I was completely impressed with how she handled everything all those years.  Only seeing your nurse and your mom for years?  I don’t think I could do it.  But Madeleine was content.  And maybe it was because she didn’t know any better, but I felt like it took a strong character to not get brought down by the cards life dealt her.  But of course, everything changed when a new family moves next door.  She meets Olly and just when you thought you couldn’t feel any worse for Madeleine, you add falling in love for the first time, with the restrictions she has.

Everything, Everything was one of those books that I’d like to own a physical copy of because of all the extra artistic ways Nicola Yoon depicts the story.  From poetry to illustrations, the book was definitely engaging and reading it from the confines of my e-reader was limiting.

Olly and Maddy’s love story was cute, for the most part.  It reminded me of Eleanor & Park (see: review)–the way their romance unfolded slowly and beautifully.  Their situation made me feel so grateful for the experiences I typically took for granted.  Her yearning for him was so palpable that I ached for Olly for her.  I found myself tearing up on her behalf because it was just so angsty–but not in your regular, run-in-the-mill teenage romance kind of way.  Because it was deeper than that.

Because the story was told in Maddy’s perspective, I understood more of her situation and I was more compassionate to her character.  But Olly was almost like a stranger to me.  I think this story would have benefited more from having a dual perspective.  Honestly, I wasn’t entirely convinced of his feelings towards Maddy.  I guess, I kind of just wish I had more of the how and the why.  Because Maddy has such limited experience with people and the outside world, it would have been easy on her part, to be swept away by the new boy next door.

Also, some logistics just didn’t make any sense.  There was no way an 18-year-old with no previous credit and no income could get approved for a significant credit on a credit card.  And don’t get me started on the big reveal towards the end.  My brain flashed red flags when that happened.  And it was unfortunate because the author totally sold this whole “allergic to the world” thing to me for a greater part of the book and then she had to take it a bit over the edge.

I won’t say anymore for fear of spoilers.

Despite the qualms mentioned, I liked this book.  I was invested.  And I felt special that I read it before its publication because I have a feeling this one will be popular.

Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes, stated that Everything, Everything was the new title she was most excited to read this summer.  (Source)


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