Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

WHERE TO BUY IT: QBD the Bookshop, paperback $15.99 (on sale for a limited time!)

WHEN CAN I GET MY HANDS ON IT: NOW!

WHAT CAN I EXPECT: teen love, teen rebellion, bookish protagonist, over-protective parent, long fish names, spoilers for Lord of the Flies, The Little Prince and Flowers for Algernon, quirky cute boy comedy.

I finished this in a matter of hours, though I spread my reading out over a day and a bit.

Filled with illustrations and diagrams and IM logs, this was a good read that I absolutely powered through. It had a lot of positives but also a bunch of negatives.

PLUS:
-I felt like the development of Olly and Maddy’s relationship was normal, and relatable considering their almost unrelatable situation.
-Maddy is a great bookish character and I feel like YA books need more bookish girls
-Maddy’s nurse is AWESOME.

MINUS:
-Maddy says she isn’t reckless: gets a credit card, buys 2 lots of flights, a hotel room and I assume a whole bunch of other practical stuff like food and taxi fare, as well as clothes and nearly $300 worth of clothes on her mother’s credit card… not reckless?
-Olly seems to give up pretty easily
-The whole running off to Hawaii thing was a bit much for me.

I disliked Maddy’s mum from the start, but I loved pretty much everyone else. Olly is a complex character and a great romantic interest.

Though this was an incredibly easy read, it has reignited my passion for reading. It wasn’t a substantial book, but it definitely gave me those butterflies that a good YA romance does.

I am looking forward to reading Nicola Yoon’s other book The Sun Is Also a Star as it sounds just as interesting and light as this one does. Normally, that would be something that I would put a book back on the shelf for, but I guess it was just what I needed right now.

Final rating: 3.5/5 stars

-Sam, xxoo

 

 

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