Title: Everything Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Summary from Goodreads:
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 amcertainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
If I’m being honest, I didn’t have high hopes for Everything Everything. I remember being excited when I first added it to my TBR 2 years ago. But now, the blurb just didn’t draw me in. So I think the main reason I didn’t like it is because it’s not really my kind of book.
Then a movie got made! My sister liked it ( at first but not after a re-read). I saw it at my library and I just had to read it !
I loved the writing style. Nicola Yoon captured the voice of a teenager perfectly. I loved Maddie (she deserved a better story).
The novel format was pretty cool. There were some journal chapters, appeared to be scribbled by Maddie herself.
My main problem with Everything Everything was the insta love. Like I said, I loved Maddie. I loved Olly. I just didn’t understand how they were in LOVE. It felt random. I didn’t get the butterflies.
Going into this, I thought SCID would be a major part of the plot. It didn’t play much of a role. It’s a shame really. There were so many wonderful directions the story could have taken.
Now here’s the thing that confused me greatly.
So Maddie and Olly decide to run away to Hawaii (or somewhere, I don’t remember). Now Maddie hasn’t been outside her bacteria free home in her life. Obviously she has dangerously low immunity and should not going outside. But nobody was concerned. Olly and Carla ( her nurse) acted as if she wasn’t asking to go to Hawaii ( or someplace) but just staying past her curfew.
Then they visited beaches. Beaches! Do you know how unhygienic beaches are? Broken glasses, dirty water, probably dead sea animals. Nobody batted an eye. What about her SCID? it was conveniently forgotten.
After that I just couldn’t take the story seriously. I kept reading just for the sake of finishing it.
Everything Everything was such a huge disappointment. It had great characters, a great setting and some really good writing. It had potential that failed to deliver.
Do I recommend it?
No, not really. It’s definitely not worth the hype. I think Everything Everything is a hit or miss book. So if you are curious, maybe borrow it from a library ( like I did!).