Friday 19 May 2017

Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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.

Review: I don't know why I waited so long to read this book. I actually ended up reading Nicola Yoon's second novel first, fell in love with that and then returned back to this book, which I already owned! I have to admit, I do prefer to her second novel over this one, but as a debut novel, this is truly a beautiful read. This book has everything you could want from a contemporary novel. There is romance, there is tragedy and there is definitely an aspect of finding oneself!

I was a little cautious of how much this book would be able having a disease and whether it would be bogged down with medical terminology. But the medical parts of the book are actually told through illustrations and diagrams, Venn diagrams and amusing charts which really breaks up the text of the book and actually makes it more fast-paced rather than bogging it down with medical jargon, so if you're worried about picking up this book because of that-don't be!

Of course there is romance in this book, you can't get away from it and it is magical. First loves are always great to read about and both Maddy and Olly learn a lot about themselves through their illicit communication. I loved them both as characters, finding them easy to like and easy to relate to. Their families are secondary characters in this novel and both families are less than perfect, adding a little more conflict to the novel and definitely giving it another layer of complication. 

I would say that this is a fairly predictable read but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. It is interesting because it seems like there is only going to be one setting and that is Maddy's confinement but actually, thanks to Yoon's beautiful description, there is much more to read about. I really enjoyed this read and would encourage anyone to add it to their TBR and don't wait as long as I did to read it!

I can't wait for the film to come out now!

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