I’ve tried shying away from reading only young adult set in high school since I find it harder and harder to relate to the characters (and so that I make sure that I have more diverse reading habits), but Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon definitely reignited the want to read young adult.
I’m not really sure I can pinpoint why this book did that, but the premise intrigued me from the first time I read the blurb on Goodreads.
The greatest risk is not taking one.
The plot, for the most part, was unique to me. A girl, Madeline, who has lived her life inside her house, never leaving because she’s essentially allergic to the outside (SCID Syndrome), starts to yearn for bigger things and the world beyond her front door when a new family moves in next door which includes Olly.
Madeline and Olly first start a friendship over email/ messaging which soon turns to Madeline breaking rules to hang out with Olly. And of course their wonderful friendship turns to wonderful young adult romance.
Madeline is great! She’s a mixture between quirky and spunky, something you might not imagine from a girl who really only interacts with her day nurse and mother, taking school classes through Skype. She’s smart and and has a big heart, but she’s also willing to give a few white lies to get what she wants: moments beyond the front door.
Olly is constantly moving and full of energy. He’s bold, has his own spunk and just as big of a heart. He has a tough exterior, but is willing to show his softer interior, especially to Madeline. Madeline wants to see the world and Olly wants to do whatever he can to give it to her.
Carla, Madeline’s nurse, and her mother are great side characters. Carla is like a second mother, but sometimes an older sister, whichever the situation calls for with Madeline.
I really enjoyed Yoon’s writing style, the shorter chapters, the diagrams and the parts of emails and IM messaging throughout the book. The romance progressed naturally between Olly and Madeline and some of the bigger situations were executed well.
What I Disliked
I don’t really think that there was anything I disliked.
I know this is a general popular book, so tell me what you think if you’ve read it!