Monday, August 24, 2015

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
By: Nicola Yoon
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Source: ARC from BEA
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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. (Goodreads)

Wow Everything, Everything was absolutely stunning. I read this book in under four hours because I just couldn't put it down.

Everything, Everything is the story of Madeline who has never left her house. She has a rare disease where she is basically allergic to the world. She spends her days with her mom and her nurse as her only company. She follows the same routine and has accepted that this is what her life will always be like. However, that all changes when she starts to get to know her new neighbor, Olly. She begins to want to be a part of the world outside.

Madeline was a really well developed character. She grows a lot as the story progresses. She has been isolated within her own home for seventeen years and missed out on so much. Reading about the world through Madeline's eyes just made me want to appreciate every single thing that much more.  

Olly was another great and well developed character. I quickly fell in love with him after the bundt cake joke. I also loved the way the relationship between Madeline and Olly developed. They both need each other to see the world differently.

As I mentioned above, I couldn't put this book down once I started it. The plot was funny, sweet, and heartbreaking. It also had a really great twist that I was not expecting at all. I loved how Yoon told this story through first person narrative, emails, drawings, and book reviews. I loved every single page of this book from the front cover to the back cover. Yoon's writing is beautiful and I wrote down so many quotes. 

Overall I loved Everything, Everything! This is definitely one of my top books of the year. I highly recommend picking up a copy because you won't want to miss out on Madeline's unforgettable story.     

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