Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Page count: 310
Date published: 1 September 2015
Genre: Contemporary romance
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 completely love this book. The writing flows perfectly. The romance is very cute and normal considering the circumstances. The conversations between Maddy and Olly are so funny, especially the IMs and emails. The setting is peaceful and both the main charcters have to go through their own mess of lives while trying to be in each other’s. The writing of Nicola is truly magical and suits the story. The end could have slowed down and I would have liked more after the last chapter,
I really enjoyed the conversation beteen Olly and Maddy. Olly tries to be as funny as the situation allows and Maddy tries to act normal around him, even though she doesn’t know even what she’s doing. I especially liked the email Maddy sent to Olly about the Bundt cake recipe, I couldn’t stop laughing. I also was trying to figure out how Olly came up with his email address, it doesn’t make any sense. I appreciate that Olly doesn’t have a normal life either. His father is abusive and it gives his character some complexity instead of the typical ‘completely normal, perfect boy’ we find very often in YA literature. I also really like Carla, she was easy to warm up to, although Maddy’s mother had been suspicious from the start. As soon as Maddy left the house to run away, I knew it was the right decision. She should find out for herself where she wants to be, not her mother making all her decisions. I enjoyed the diving part in Hawaii and how she sees the colours of the different exotic fish. I almost thought (for a few seconds) that Maddy might never speak to Olly again, right at the end because of how she was acting (which I did not agree with, she shouldn’t have shut him out, he was nothing but good for her and didn’t deserve it). But luckily that was not the case. The ending, for me, should have had a little more, though I am satisfied with it.
This book was so lovely. I read it at the right time and always looked forward to when I could turn another page. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had such a great experience with it. I highly recommend it and you should go and check it out.