Published by Random House Children's Books on 9/1/15
Genres: Young Adult
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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.
This book was so amazing that I wrote poetry about it – and I hate poetry. I give props to Nicola Yoon for being inspirational. Bear with me:
More than what I thought wanted
I must repeat it
Heartwarming, romantic, inspirational, and eye-opening. Nicola Yoon’s debut novel (and my favorite book of the year!) is everything I want in a book. It is truly unique with a story that captured my heart from the very beginning with its cleverness, emotionality, brilliance and simplicity. Everything, Everything is a story about first love, but more importantly, it’s a story about all the wonderful possibilities that the world can become once you take a risk on love and life.
Freckles and curls dream
Of blue seas under wild sun
Her heart beats the truth
Madeline Whittier is a girl with a rare disease that has prevented her from living a ‘normal’ life. She’s never felt the warmth of the sun, never breathed unfiltered air, and never seen past her bedroom window. She dreams of the wetness of rain, and what it would feel like to have someone other than her mother or her nurse touch her. She’s inexperienced but she’s smart and witty. See, she’s learned about life from books and with her wild imagination, she’s able to take herself to places she can’t go.
I loved Maddy from the first page.
I loved her energy. I also loved her strength. She had every right to be bitter and depressed but her optimism and innocence was refreshing and inspirational. I learned a lot from her. I loved her spirit and I loved that she didn’t let fear control her, even if it meant that she might lose everything.
Maddy and Olly
A first touch, first kiss
Freedom, love, truth, life’s poetry
Take a leap of faith
This book is special in many ways, one of which is the connection between Maddy and Olly. I felt the rush of first love because of Nicola Yoon’s sweet writing as well as the layout of the book. It’s beautiful and pure. I loved that the writing was so simple but still powerful. This isn’t a long book, but every word matters. Every word was perfect. I read this one slowly because I’d stop and just revel in it. Plus, I didn’t want it to end. I mean that. I really didn’t want it to end. I might’ve cried some when it ended, but then I downloaded the audiobook and started listening and everything was okay.
This book was such a surprise to me because although I expected it to be good, I just didn’t expect to have such a strong reaction to it. It made me feel like I was in another world, even though the characters were people I’d recognize in my world. It had a fantastical feel to it. Something mystical. It almost felt tangible. I think that had something to do with the formatting. Oh my G, let me tell you about the formatting! Stunning. This is a book you’ll need to have a hard copy of because you’re going to want to cuddle with it. You’ll experience Maddy’s world through her journal entries, IMs, doodles (done by the talented, David Yoon) as well as introspection. I felt that Maddy’s personally shone through even more brightly this way, and in a short amount of time I was obsessed with her.
Wide open doors, seas, skies, space
Feet on the ground move
What I loved most about this book was its message. It might seem like traditional YA fare, but Everything, Everything is a book anyone can read, and everyone should read. It’s wonderfully simple, but truly profound. This book is about bravery and hope. Everything, Everything shows you that to dream is to be alive, and feel alive is the only way to live. This book captivated me in a way that’s hard to describe, but I’m trying because I want you to experience that feeling too. I swear, the feeling was almost electric. It’s a unique feeling and it’s still with me, and I think it’ll stay with me for a while. I love this book and plan on reading it many many times more. You should read it too.