Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Original Publication Date: September 01, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Pages: 322 [Kindle Edition]
Risk everything . . . for love.
What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.
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 Mini Review:
I am in love with Olly. I love his character, everything about him. He always knew the right thing to say to Maddy at all of the right times. I enjoyed their IM conversations and e-mails but, I thought Maddy’s illustrations were a little bit distracting and honestly, I could have done without them. Don’t get me wrong, they were cute, just pointless.
There were plenty of peak points where I found myself physically gasping for air. I was able to predict the ending after a little more than 50% through the book but, Nicola Yoon kept me a little unsure of it enough to keep reading.
You can feel yourself inside Maddy’s shoes the entire time, you’ll be able to remember vividly your first love, and you’ll recall your strong teenage emotions/insecurities. I was connected to each and every one of the characters and hurt for all of them on cue. I found myself tearing up at one point, just as I thought this one wasn’t gonna make me cry. I am so happy with the way things wrapped up in the end.
My Favorite Quotes:
“Life is hard, honey. Everyone finds a way.”
“Most people are good with their bodies or their minds but not both.”
“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”
“Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.”
“Doomed love is a part of life.”
“Wanting just leads to more wanting. There’s no end to desire.”
“I’ve read many, many books involving heartache. Not one has ever described it as little. Soul-shattering and world-destroying, yes. Little, no.”
“Trying not to smile only makes you smile more.”
“Time is precious, she says and it’s rude to waste someone else’s.”
“This is why people touch. Sometimes words are just not enough.”
“He says your world can change in a single moment.”
“It means you can do every goddamn thing right, and your life can still turn to shit.”
“It’s a strange thing to realize that you’re willing to die.”
“Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.”
“He wants it to be true more than he wants the truth.”
“I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.”
“Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.”
“Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.”
“Can you reach the end of tears? I wonder. I answer my own question by crying some more.”
“Safety is not everything. There’s more to life than being alive.”
“Maybe there’s a version of your life for all the choices you make and all the choices you don’t.”
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Dates Read: August 18-August 21, 2018