Monday, October 24, 2016

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - Review


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Madeline has SCID and that means she's pretty much allergic to everything and hasn't left her own home in forever. Aside from her mom, her primary doctor, the only person she can interact with in person is Carla, her nurse. Otherwise, she goes to school and lives her life online (she's a book blogger!) - until a new family moves in next door. Their teenage son, Olly, is super cute, and the more she gets to know him the more she realizes that she would be willing to do anything for him.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is an intriguing debut novel yet predictable story of young (and stupid, in a well-meaning way) love. Madeline has SCID, aka "bubble boy syndrome", and can't leave her own home for her own safety. When Olly, the cute boy next door, moves in, she also begins to suffer pretty heavily from instalove. That said I really enjoyed getting into Madeline and Olly's heads as they get to know one another online and seeing just how much they push each other to do more with the lives they've been given.


Maybe I'm just getting old, but (at least at first) I kind of agreed more with her mother more. She's just trying to keep her daughter safe, and still happy, but Madeline wants to do things and go places with Olly that will obviously endanger her life. His influence really has an effect on her mental faculties. That's not to say that Olly isn't a good guy, he isn't really pushing her into anything and he always tries to keep her well-being in mind. Like I said, the story is quite predictable until the plot twist at the end which made me do a complete 180 on my opinions of Madeline's mother. (view spoiler) That plot twist alone made me bump this up from a two star read to a three star read. Also, I listened to this novel on audiobook and the two person narration is excellently done.


Overall, Nicola Yoon's debut, Everything, Everything, is a well-written yet predictable contemporary right up until the roller coaster of an ending. If you like The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, you may also like this novel. I'm definitely interested in trying Nicola Yoon's newest release, The Sun Is Also A Star.


I listened to this audiobook from September 24 - 28, 2016 and my review is also on Goodreads.

4 comments:

  1. I've seen this one around, but I think you've convinced me to pick it up... eventually. Maybe over the summer when I need something light and fluffy, though I do try to avoid instalove in general.

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    1. I'll definitely want to know what you think of the plot twist. Thanks for coming over, Sam.

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  2. I loved this book and I can't believe you didn't :( I agree with what her mother did however did she have to drag her daughter down with her instead of getting help? It's understandable what she is going through but she needs to know where to draw the line. I adore Yoon's writing and the relationship between Maddie and Olly is so adorable <3 Great Review and have a nice day!

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    1. I liked it, but it just didn't quite live up to the hype for me...

      Yoon's writing is very good, and I'll definitely admit that Olly is pretty great! :)

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