REVIEW: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
306 pages. Released Sept.1st
rating: 3.5ish stars
(Like the picture of Kota? What a cutie)
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.
Okay, so I just got this book this morning (thursday morning) and finished it within five hours. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing considering the rating that I gave it..
Things I liked:
If there was one thing I can say that I loved about this book, it was the illustrations. Each chapter has a drawing of something that pertains to the life of the main character Maddy. For instance, there was a cell phone drawing of her text messages or a picture of the inside of her heart. It really made me feel connected to Maddy on a deeper level, like I was inside her brain. I think without those illustrations I probably wouldn’t have felt so close to her. You saw all these hopes and dreams, which were realistic given that she has never set foot outside.
I also thought that the relationship within the book was cute. Just cute. I wasn’t swooning over it, I didn’t jump up and down every time they interacted, but I did see the appeal in it. Maddy has never had a boyfriend (or even a friend) before & it the interactions that she and with Olly were filled with this childlike wonder (mixed with some major bottled up teenage hormones).
I won’t say too much about the ending, but the one thing I DID like was how you understood where Maddy was coming from. You could feel right along side with her and it didn’t feel forced or fake. Honestly, I almost shed a few tears for her.
Things I didn’t like so much:
Okay, so this is where I am going to get real with you. I think i’ve mentioned this book before in a few posts. I was excited. So excited in fact that I went out and actually bought myself a hardcover edition of this book. Which honestly, it really means a lot that I did that considering I am broke as joke & have been only buying on my Kindle ( cheap books in an instant, sometimes you can’t say no to that). Which is why I am so disappointed that after reading this book I just went, “really?” NOT the reaction I was looking for.So I’m going to break it down as to why I wasn’t such a fan:
The basis of this book was about this girls disease that prevented her from going out of the house. SO INTERESTING, right?! Honestly, I just felt like that was a little downgraded in comparison to this relationship with Olly. I wanted to delve deeper into this disease, it was such a great basis for a book…instead it was just this side conflict. Instead it felt like her Mother was the biggest set back, not the actual disease. SO much potential guys.
I don’t do the whole instalove thing, I really don’t. I love the relationships that blossom from hate or disinterest or friendship, then near the end move into feelings/love. We didn’t exactly get instalove, it was close enough and I didn’t really get the connection. I could see them being friends, but not once did I feel that build up or chemistry that would make them THE love story. In fact Maddy kind of reminded me of this little kid in love, willing to risk everything *which is usually a good thing*, but here this girl was REALLY not thinking sometimes and it was like…really. You’re going to do that, all that, for a boy across the street that you’ve known 3.5 seconds. How bout just doing it FOR YOURSELF. Which honestly they tried to make it seem like she was risking a lot for herself near the end, but honestly it all led back to Olly. Which I just wasn’t feeling. Therefore I just wasn’t feeling Maddys intentions or story.
Also, the ending just didn’t do it for me. I felt like I was reading this entire book that really had no direction and then there were just so many questions at the end. I really wanted to know just so much MORE. Maybe I just had high expectations for this book & I just had a different picture on what was going to happen.
That doesn’t mean this was a bad book, I didn’t regret reading it at all. It was a quick read, a little sad, a little heartwarming, and a cute romance. However, is it a new favorite? Sadly, no. It will go back on my shelves and maybe one day when it’s raining I will pull it back out.
Have YOU read this book? What did you think? Let’s chat!
BTW– I’m headed out of town this weekend *very excited to see my best friend, she moved away and I have missed her terribly. Plus she gets to hang out with the boyfriend & I am super excited for them to also become friends, because let’s face it…it has to happen* So I won’t be posting any reviews until Monday, enjoy your time off!!