Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Family, Contemporary Romance, Illness
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.
I can see how this book might be offensive to some people (if you’ve read it, you know exactly what I’m talking about), but the author absolutely didn’t mean it to be and it is just fiction. Plus, if we want to be mad at someone, we should be mad at a specific character. Just sayin’.
When I first saw this book and read its synopsis, I mentally took a step back. ‘‘Hey, didn’t I read this one already?’’ A big déjà vu moment occurred. I, of course, was thinking of Magonia, which features a character with a similar disease…
Except, in Magonia, the heroine is slowly dying but able to wander outside, whereas Maddy can’t leave her own house. As long as she doesn’t and isn’t exposed to the outside world, everything inside her functions normally.
In fact, it reads so, so well. I started it thinking I would like to finish it sometime this week, but turns out I read it in less than three hours and I’m a slow reader. (Incidentally, uni is kicking my ass b/c of that.)
I’m not gonna go ahead and say that the romance is a never-seen-before one, because let’s face it. It’s the usual boy-next-door story, but with a twist, seeing that the girl can’t leave her house… I SO love that the heroine is Black and the love interest White. Interracial romances happen ALL THE TIME, and yet, they aren’t as frequent in books and movies and I’m even going to go as far as to say songs.
The writing is mesmerizing. TRY to resist it. And hey, there are cute little pictures. How often do you see those in YA? Try never.
I have to watch the movie now… Do not disappoint me…
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