Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: "Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, 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.



 *takes a deep breath*

After reading, AND watching "The Fault in our Stars", I promised that I would never EVER, read or watch a story where the couple dies or one of them will die. It was too much for me and from personal experience with a family member, the book/movie made me cry too much for my liking.

BUT, everything changed when the blog "Once Upon a Twilight" announced that this book was going to become a movie. Then, I read many reviews in which all bloggers commented the writing and the funny moments and even the way both characters were described.

So I decided to take the leap. I am still smacking my head and I am not going to be influenced by John Green ever AGAIN!

Nicola Yoon's debut novel is about Madeline, a part Japanese part American girl (cue in diversity, which i love in YA) who lived all her life secluded in her house. She was diagnosed with a very rare disease, which make her literally allergic to the world. Living with her mother and her nurse, Madeline spends her time reading books and imagining how life Outside is.

Until Olly arrives in the house next door and they get to know each other, though mails and messages. And from there Madeline aches to know and live more.

I did Google Madeline's disease. It's very, very rare, which makes me think that Mother Nature can be very unfair to some people who happen to be born like this, thanks to a tiny bastard (scuse my language) named chromosome.

But through Madeline's POV, you find a heroine who does takes risks, wants to fall in love and doesn't fear to experience, everything her disease has taken from her.

What I didn't expect was the ending. I stared, jaw dropped, the pages realising the change in the plot and I loved every part of it. With the right cast this book will make a freaking amazing movie!

About the author:

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.