Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher by: Delacorte Press, Random House Books for Young Readers
Published on: September 1, 2015
Genres: Humor, Romance, Mature YA
Page Count: 320
If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.
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.
Love is worth everything. Everything.
There is something about Everything, Everything, that was uniquely different. It wasn’t just one particular moment that made me fall in love with this book, it was an culmination of a perfect story, fantastic characters, and romance. The writing flowed so effortlessly and it was infused with such whit and emotion, that it had me eager to escape into the story.
The story centers Madeline Whittier. She’s eighteen and she just happens to be allergic to the world. Her disease has prevented her from ever leaving her house, so Madeline has never had the chance to have the normal teen-aged experiences. Other than her mom, her nurse, Carla, and her tutors via Skype, she has very little interaction with the outside world.
“Wanting just leads to more wanting. There’s no end to desire.”
Maddy is usually ok with the life she lives. Yes, she sometimes imagines what it would be like to be “normal”, but for the most part she’s accepted her circumstances…. until Oliver “Olly” Bright. When Olly moves in next door, she becomes intrigued by him. She fascinated with all of his quirks and moods and the two form an unlikely friendship. Their electronic interactions become the highlight of her day. They are her one piece of normality. The more she interacts with Olly, the more Maddy begins to question all the what ifs, and for the first time she wants so much more than what she has.
“Do you ever wonder what your life would be like if you could just change one thing?”
Honestly there were so many things I loved about this book. Madeline! God this girl, I love her. She was bookworm (score!!) and she had kept these amusing diaries and journals. Maddy was hilariously funny without even trying, not to mention smart, cool, and I loved her honest whit. It was also awesome to see a multi-ethnic character (Maddy was half Japanese/half black.) Now, Olly he made my hear go pitter patter. Seriously, he was a great mix of being smart, athletic, sweet, funny, and oh how I loved his quick sarcasm. He was a perfect balance to Maddy and he CARED, truly cared about her.
“Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today. In the Book of Maddy, all the chapters are the same. Until Olly.”
This book stole a little piece of my heart. There was an overall feeling that I got from this story and it crept up on me and consumed by attention. This book made me laugh out loud more than once but it also made me tear up. There was such sweet romance, a plot twist, and experienced so many different emotions. Hats off to Mrs. Yoon. This was a fantastic debut novel and I’m anxious to read more from this author.
“Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.”