Publication Date: September 1st 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Number of Pages: 310 pages
My Rating: ★★★✩✩
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.
Everything, Everything is one of those books that I expected to love because most of my friends do, and one that I’ve heard nothing but good things about. The disease is something I’m not familiar with, the protagonist is Afro-Asian, and the plot got me wondering how the story would turn out. Unfortunately for me, it didn’t turn out to be as remarkable as I thought it would be.
It is the story of Madeline who has a disease called SCID, also known as “bubble baby disease”, which makes her allergic to the world and unable to leave her house.
“Having a visitor is a big deal because they have to agree to a medical background check and a thorough physical. Also they have to be decontaminated, which is basically like getting a high-speed air bath for about an hour. It’s a pain to come see me.”
Imagine the romance in this book. Lol.
Anyway, one day, a new family moved next door. She meets (well, not really meet meet) Olly, and she found a friend in him, and you know how things go when an 18 year old who is a prisoner of her own house meets an incredibly looking guy, so I’ll leave the rest to you.
What I love most in this book is the relationship between Maddy and her mom! I think on this day and age, it’s so rare for teenage girls to have the same bond that Maddy and her mom shares, so those moments were really refreshing! I also love how the author just straight up tells it how it is without making it seem rushed. The short chapters don’t seem short, and the illustrations are enough to tell a story. Nicola Yoon is such a good writer, I tell you that. I can’t wait to read more of her works.
However, the romance became too much and I honestly couldn’t handle that much cheesiness, hence giving it a lower rating instead of 4.
The ending was also a big disappointment. All that build up for… nothing. It’s difficult to write this review without telling more than I should! But overall, despite it not being something I loved, I really really enjoyed reading it and I’d still recommend it to those who needs more cheesiness in their life.