Friday, January 6, 2017

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Star Rating : 4 out of 5

Content Rating : MODERATE  

Back Cover :
" 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.”

My Thoughts :

I picked up this book because I was (and still am) waiting to read Nicola Yoon’s second book The Sun is Also a Star. I heard this book was also great, and it definitely is! It’s interesting and intriguing without being overly complicated. All I wanted was to sit in one spot and read this book. Everything, Everything is an easy read while still being entertaining and engaging. You actually care about these characters.

Content is moderate because these are teenagers and there is one small “sex scene.” I hesitate to call it a sex scene because it’s not explicit but it is still in there. I would rate this 16 and up.  

What I liked :

  • The plot: Ok, so I have actually avoided reading this book for a while because I thought it sounded stupid. A girl is allergic to the outside world and of course she falls in love with the neighbor. It sounded kind of typical and predictable to me. But it wasn’t. There were enough plot twists and different events that help my attention.
  • The characters: All of the character’s personalities seemed real to me. They each had quirks that I enjoyed. Olly wears black and does parkour and loves math. Maddy, of course, doesn’t care about fashion because she’s inside all day. She loves to read and is imaginative without being angry at the world. They’re great kids and great characters.
  • The relationships: I like the relationships here at lot. The one between Maddy and her mom was sweet. I was happy to see a mother-daughter relationship that wasn’t awful like in other YA books. I also love how her nurse, Carla, loves Maddy so much and wants her to have a life. And, I really really like how Maddy and Olly’s relationship develops. Sometimes I hate the slow burn of YA relationships; but, this was more of a “we know we’re attracted to each other what are we going to do about it” as opposed to them both ignoring their feelings.  

What I didn’t like :

  • Nothing much.  I liked the book a lot!

What Others Are Saying :

"Everything, Everything is wonderful, wonderful." -- SLJ, Starred Review

I give all the stars in the sky to Nicola Yoon's sparkling debut. Everything, Everything is everything, everything—powerful, lovely, heart-wrenching, and so absorbing I devoured it in one sitting. It’s a wonder. The rare novel that lifts and shatters and fills you all at once.” -- Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

 “With her stunning debut, Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon has constructed an entirely unique and beautiful reading experience. Gorgeous writing meshes with original artwork to tell a love story like no other. You’ve never read a book like this.” -- David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland

Reviewed by Lydia Jones 

Note : This Young Adult book has been picked up by MGM and is scheduled to be released in 2017! The script is written by J. Mills Goodloe, who wrote the script for Age of Adaline. Can't wait to see this one! 

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