Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Book Review

  

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 306

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: (Do not read this if you haven’t read Everything, Everything.) Contemporary is my favourite genre so in the summer when I heard about this book and heard what it was about I was so excited because it seemed right up my alley. Then when it came out on September 1st I was disappointed that I couldn’t get my hands on a copy right away. Now, November 8th 2015, I finally got my hands on a copy. As soon as I got home from the bookstore I read it front to back. All I have to say is that I am disappointed. It’s not like the book was bad, I actually really enjoyed the beginning a lot. I actually gave myself a few hours to think about what rating to give this book after reading it because I was a bit frusterated with the ending and didnn’t want to forget how much I liked the begining. To start off I am going to talk about Carla, the nurse. I really liked her, she was probably my favourite character from the whole book. Although I felt like Carla made some bad decisions considering she was an adult and Madeline’s nurse I really liked her viewpoint on life and how she talked with Maddy. Maddy on the other hand I felt very relatable… at the begining of the book. She reads a lot and has a Tumblr account where she reviews books but as the novel progressed she became less and less relatable in the sense that all she wanted was to go out into the world even though she knew she would die. I think anyone in that situation in real life wouldn’t want to go into the world because that would just be asking for death. Olly was very stereotypical. I wish the author would have made him a little more diverse instead of just making him the perfect looking, muscular, smart character that every other non-origional contemporary has. The two different types of family dynamics in this book were very interesting. You had Maddy’s mom who was very loving and overprotective and then you had Olly’s family with an abusive, alcoholic father and scared mother. As for the plot I very much enjoyed the begining of the novel. I loved reading the first conversations that Maddy and Olly had on IM it was all around adorable. But then as the story progressed and Carla allowed Maddy and Olly to meet things got more and more unrealistic as every page went on. It was like one second Maddy was wondering who the new boy next door was and the next second she was risking her life by running outside to save him. I felt as though the story progressed too fast especially the important parts, almost as if the author didn’t want to explain it in more detait. The whole part when Maddy was runing away was very confusing to me, I didn’t even know what was happening at first and suddenly her and Olly were in Hawaii. It got to the point where when Maddy’s heart stopped I didn’t even care if she died or lived because she knew what a risk going outside was and chose to go out there even though she knew that her life was at risk. The at the end it got a bit weird finding out that Maddy’s mom had just told her that she had SCID and that she was just still mentally damaged from losing Maddy’s father and brother. It all happened so fast, and I know that with a standalone contemporary it is hard to elaborate so much in one book but as a contemporary lover it just didn’t impress me.

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15 thoughts on “Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Book Review

  1. This is exactly how I feel about Everything, Everything. It started out so good, then went downhill halfway through. I do not like the twist and ending, I sort of feel cheated by it. It’s a shame though, this book was so promising and I really want to like it.

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      1. Yup, I said pretty much the same thing in my review. I get that she tried to make the book different from other doomed love story books, but by doing it, she essentially eliminate the single most unique thing about the book’s premise.

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  2. I also reviewed this book and has similar thoughts. This book seemed like everything I wanted. It could have been great if it was just executed better. There were too manu plot holes for me to ignore.

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  3. Ooh I totally agree with you. You echoed a lot of the same problems I had with the book — the pacing was really weird, and I was so frustrated with Maddie’s actions because they seemed so irresponsible!

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