Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon
‘Love is worth everything. Everything’
Everything, Everything was an beautiful easy read, with love, laughter and unexpected twists!
Since this is a review, below is spoiler central, if you haven’t read the book, don’t read any further. You have been warned.
Our story follows Maddy, who has a rare disease which basically means she is allergic to the world. She has not left her house in 17 years or it may kill her, and she hasn’t experienced life, or love. That is until a family move in next door and then enter stage right teenage heartthrob Olly! It is then we follow the connection between the pair, and the risks she is willing to take for the love of her life.
I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Nicola Yoon has written such lovable characters in her debut novel Everything, Everything. Maddy is a sick girl who want’s to explore the world, but can’t. Then there is Olly who wants to see Maddy, but can’t. This relationship was absolutely delightful, and I loved every second of reading this pairing. It was a cute young relationship, that we saw develop and that makes you look back on young love with a massive smile, even if they did have their challenges.
Don’t get me wrong, I like other elements of stories but give me a good ship and I am sold, and I was definitely sold on this one!
Then don’t even get me started on the joy that is Carla! Every character had different elements to them which made them lovable.
I thought it was very fitting that Carla wasn’t just Maddy’s nurse, she was more of a friend, urging her to life her life and take risks and love because love isn’t going to kill you. There was everything to love about Carla, and since Maddy wasn’t able to have friends it was beautiful that the relationships were adapted because there were only two people in her life.
Ultimately, the realness made Everything, Everything more lovable and relatable in my opinion. The plot really pulled the heart-strings because the reality is people do suffer such breakdowns, and the story to me just felt so genuine. I liked the length of the book, it wasn’t drawn out, there was no insta-love. You saw the characters relationship development and I really think it was just a beautiful enjoyable read, which is why I have given it the rating I have.
Now let’s talk about the one thing everyone is thinking about. Mum… Doctor Overprotective, overcautious, and overbearing… I don’t have any other words for her, she was great to read about at the start, and then she wasn’t great to read about and she just broke my heart instead. I am glad she ended up seeking help.
Now let’s talk about that plot twist. I did not see the plot twist coming, it was only when I was reading maybe the page before it was revealed and I was like no, surely not…. Yet again, at the last minute I was baffled, even though I have seen this story line before somewhere. I didn’t pick it, I didn’t know it was coming, and my heart broke for Maddy. She pushed Olly away, the first person she actually connected with outside her Mum and Carla, because she was sick and thought she was going to die if she stayed.
The diversity in this book was also great to read, because the main character wasn’t the typical main character for YA contemporary books. Maddy was multicultural being African American and Japanese and we get to read this book from her perspective. Nicola is also a diverse author so it was wonderful to join the two and delve into more diverse reads.
I know what your thinking, why 4 and not 5 stars when you raved about this book. One star was deducted because of some discrepancy in the book around page 155-ish (can’t remember exactly). The sticky notes were confusing because it had Carla’s name on it… but then the new nurse was writing on them… but had the same last name? I don’t know but it confused me, but I tried to move past it.
I will end with, for someone who doesn’t like book that has contemporary genre elements, I loved this book. It was fun read, that I managed to get through in two sittings. The bright and bubbly nature was beautiful, but that twist though! I can’t wait to read Nicola’s next book The Sun Is Also A Star.
Favourite Moment: Exploring Hawaii and actually being free!
Favourite Quote: “In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. 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.”