Sunday, August 23, 2015

Book Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon/Teens-YA/NETGALLEY ARC/Published in 2015

Hello dear Readers,

Below, my book review of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. 

Title: Everything Everything
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: Teens-YA
Author: Nicola Yoon 
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Language: English
Hardcover: 320 pages

Book Description

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.

My thoughts
This year I have read a few books with plot twists that blew my mind and this one. I'm still in shock about the ending because I was not expecting it at all. However, I think that is what makes this book so different and a unique story. I do not want to spoil the book, I will just say, wow.

Everything Everything is the story of Madeline who is half Japanese, half black. She lives with her mom who is a doctor. Her dad and brother died in a car accident when she was a baby. She has SCID, a disease that basically means she is allergic to everything and because of this she can never leave the house, which makes her routine at home very strict and finds herself being constantly over protected by her mom and her nurse, Carla. But when Olly and his family move in next door, Madeline felt in love with Olly and her life changes forever. She knows meeting Olly can put her life at risk but with the help of her nurse, she arranges everything so that Olly can visit Madeline for short periods of time. 

Things I like about this book: the way it is told. The Author uses e-mails, doctor reports, notes, chat or instant messages to tell some parts of the book. I like Madeline and Olly's love story. It is a sweet, cute and fun one. Seems like everything happens so fast, especially for Madeline, at one point Olly is all she thinks about. She wants to spend all her time with him, she cannot stop thinking about him. I like how well they connect and the dynamics between the two of them. I like how honest and believable these characters felt to me. I like this is a fast paced story. The Author's writing style is great and the characters, well developed and complex, very interesting characters. 

Things I did not like about this books: there were a couple of things I did not like. One, I felt Madeline was very selfish at times, specially with her mom. I tried hard to understand her motives while reading these passages but could not sympathize with her. Despite of this, Madeline is my favorite character. The other thing I did not like is, even I think the plot twist at the end is what makes this book unique and different but I wish the Author could have spend a few more pages trying to add a little more explanation on this ending that like I said at the beginning of this review, I'm still in shock, I feel like I need more answers.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. A cute and sweet love story, very complex characters, an unexpected plot twist. A story about first love, loss, growing up, family, parent's love for their children, and taking risks in life. I highly recommend it.

Thank you Random House Children's- Delacorte Press and Netgalley for sending the ARC copy, in exchange for an honest review.

My Favorite Quote

"He's the biggest risk I've ever taken".


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