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Book Review: Everything, Everything





Publisher's description: This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.




This novel has been on my TBR list for quite some time and I made a goal to dive in during the Bout of Books readathon I participated in last week. Although I've seen this book as a fan favorite, I made it a point NOT to read any reviews on it because I wanted to experience it authentically for myself. I was a bit nervous reading it because so many people loved it and there was always that chance I'd think it was a total flop. 


And alas... Everything, Everything proved to be... 

EVERYTHING!

The story is about Maddy (a nickname she inherits later in the story). She is a typical teenager except for the fact that there is nothing typical about her life. She has lived a life with SCID--severe combined immunodeficiency and has never stepped outside of her home. The only people that she sees are her mother, her nurse and a tutor. Although Maddy's life would be unusual to most of us, I found myself relating to her easily. She is an avid reader, has a great relationship with her mom (perhaps by default) and is very bright. 

And can we give two claps for diversity in YA lit? Maddy is biracial! 

Then in steps Olly. Olly is her new neighbor and is everything she isn't--rugged, unpredictable and dark. His family is dysfunctional and dealing with the hurt of an abusive and alcoholic father. Immediately, Maddy is intrigued and as the story unfolds, the two begin to exchange emails (and seriously, their emails are swoon worthy and just adorable!), then IM's and eventually get to meet in person. 

But wait Jenn?! How could she see him if she's allergic to the world? Well, anyone who comes to visit Maddy has to go through an extensive decontamination process to ensure her safety. As time goes on, the inevitable happens...they fall for one another. Initially, I was conflicted by this. Maddy has never interacted with anyone her age and I was a bit skeptical about the authenticity of their "love." She didn't have anything to compare it to. But I digress and honestly... I loved the purity of their budding relationship <3 

I don't want to give anything away but the TWIST the novel takes near the end is pump your brakes worthy! I did not see the novel taking the turn it took. The emotions were so beautifully and realistically described and the simplicity of Yoon's writing was as savory as it was bite size. This isn't a difficult read and honestly it was a refreshing coming of age love story that didn't seem forced. 

The ending left me with my mouth open and was followed with a stupid smirk at how perfect it was. 


“Everything's a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It's up to you.” 

“Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.”

“Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.” 

“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.”







PS: Can we take a moment just to appreciate the cover art? And the fact that this was Nicola Yoon's DEBUT novel and it was amaaaaaazing!? And the fact that she sent me kissy faces on Twitter?! *fist pump* 







Have you read Everything, Everything? What were your thoughts? 







23 comments

  1. This sounds very interesting and the fact that the lead character is biracial has added the book to my TBR pile. Thanks for the review and the recommendation.

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  2. I didn't know the lead was biracial! Now I've learned something. I've had this one on my TBR for awhile as well and need to get to it. Good point about how authentic their love is considering that she has no one to compare him too, but if it's cute enough it'll still work I suppose.

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    1. Yeah girl! And the book includes sketches (drawn by Yoon's real life partner *swoon*) and I loved seeing her skin colored in :)

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  3. Oh, my. This looks fantabulous! I'm usually more one for Sci Fi or fantasy but, come on, who isn't a sucker for a well written, squishy, romance? I also love that she's biracial. I've found I have a habit of writing biracial characters (probably because I have a mixed family). But it's amazing to me how little representation they get in books.

    And yes, the cover art is so beautiful I think I'm foaming at the mouth. Definitely bookstagram worthy!

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    1. LOL!! Yes Katherine! I completely agree :) Let me know if you do pick it up and what you think about it!

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  4. Yay! Glad you enjoyed it. This was one of my top YA contemporaries last year, and I can't wait to read her newest one when it releases.

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    1. Same! I'm looking forward to her next novel :)

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  5. Oooh I'm so glad you loved this one! I've heard it's really good and I seriously need to read it soon! Gorgeous review, ♥

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  6. I'm so glad you liked this one! I made a list at the beginning of the year of books that were a little out of my comfort zone and this one is on it. I don't read much YA at all but I've heard such good things about this one I wanted to read it and now I'm even more excited! Great review!

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    1. Yay!!! Let me know what you think once you read it :)

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  7. I keep seeing this book everywhere but had no idea what it's about - BUT IT SOUNDS AMAZING! Your review has convinced me that I need to read this ASAP! *swoons*

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    1. LOL! It was a quick and refreshing read. Not too heavy and just overall good :)

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  8. I've heard so much praise for this one, and I'm so happy to hear it echoed in this review! The characters' love does sound a bit questionable, like you said, especially because I'm highly critical of insta-love, but it sounds like I'll be able to forgive it. And a twist at the end? I'm so excited to see what it is. I'll be getting my hands on a copy of that beautiful cover that contains what is sure to be a beautiful story ASAP.

    P.S. - as a side note, I'd also like to say that I like your reviewing style! You break it up into pieces that make your thoughts so easy to follow, and I'm a fan of the quotes section.

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    1. We're on the same page Emily :) But even with that minor 'con' I enjoyed it. Hope you do as well!

      And thanks!! That makes me so happy :)
      xoxo

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  9. I didn't like this quite as much as you did, but I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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    1. Aww sorry it didn't do it for you, Zoe. Thanks for stopping by xoxo!

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  10. This book sounds amazing. I've had it my shelf for awhile.. You inspired me to read it soon! :)
    I'm new and I'm loving you blog!

    www.letmecrossover.blogspot.com

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  11. I love the cover of this book & her new book also. Nicola Yoon definitely has the good cover vibes going for her. I've heard so much good about this book, I'm almost afraid to read it. Glad you liked it so much, it does sound pretty fantastic!

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    1. I really enjoyed it! Let me know what you think if you check it out :)

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  12. Well you make want to go out and pick this up today. I love books and stories that are told through emails, im's, or diary entries. Makes them a little more intriguing and mysterious.

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