Author: Nicola Yoon
Release Date: 1st September 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Finished Copy from Publisher
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.
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.
I rate this one a 3.5. I am debating with myself weather I liked the story or not. Don't get me wrong but the writing style was immaculate. I would still recommend this book to every readers I meet (well, yes).
While writing this review, I stopped for a minute to search what SCID really is because I think it sounded familiar only to discover that this is actually the Glanzmann-Riniker Syndrome, which we actually studied in Immunology back in college. Now it's clear to me.
This story is about a girl with an illness and this illness weakens her when she has contact with the outside world. She sees a family move next door and next thing she knew she was making eye contact with the boy from that family. She realizes that she'll somehow fall in love with him. And God knows what, maybe they'll both be happy, maybe it'll be a disaster.
Fifty percent of me didn't like the book. I know it was so hyped back when it was yet to be published and my friends loved it so I went for it. But it didn't do me justice. I'm a fan of love but not a great fan of insta-love. I just didn't connect with this part. I'm not yet done half of the book and their love story was already weaved right then and there. I'd still recommend this, though, despite my lack of like for it. It's a good story with lots of inspiration.
The plot just went flat to me. I mean, I was happy for Maddy but dang, I've watched this plot happen so many times on TV drama series. I just had enough of it. I thought her mom was losing it too. Imagine the chills it got me.
I liked the bunch where there were drawings and art. It's so fun to look at. Through this drawings, I vividly imagined what Maddy was probably doing or what she's up to. It's like watching a movie. Yeah, I liked that part. And her reviews. Oh my God! I never smiled this wide because of those. Nicola Yoon's hubby has great artistic hands *applauds* The art is one of my favorite part of this book. Seriously, I could browse it all day. And let's not forget the happy-sad IM's and emails these two exchanged.
I also liked Maddy. She's full of life despite her knowing that she's ill. And she never loses hope. I once giggled because of her silly tactics. Her need to connect with the world, I definitely feel her. She was a living person in front of me. Full of antics just to experience what it is to feel like normal. But then as mentioned in the book, she was also the Big Bang Theory in reverse. While the pages of what I'm reading thins, the fall of the plot, she begins to be the hopeless person you never want her to be. She just stopped existing. She's this nihilistic creature. In the end, she picks up herself again and the end.
I hope you guys would read this book to. Not because it's not my type doesn't mean you don't have to read it too. Go broaden up your reading capabilities ❤️
Labels: Book Review, Contemporary, Everything Everything, Nicola Yoon, Penguin Random House, Romance, Young Adult