Review: Everything, Everything

Review Everything Everything

Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon, is the touching story of a girl confined to her house because of her immunodeficiency. When an intriguing boy moves in next door, she risks everything to break free of the restrictions that have held her captive her entire life.

From the publisher:

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.

Everything, Everything was a bestseller and long listed for the National Book Award. It’s incredibly moving, heartwarming, and at times heartbreaking.

Despite, or perhaps because of, Maddie’s restrictions, she develops extremely close relationships with her protective mother and her nurse, Carla. As Maddie’s electronic relationship with Olly grows, we see her starting to pull away from her mother. It’s a natural change that all teenagers go through, but it’s complicated by the fact that they’re in close proximity almost all of the time.

Carla allows Maddie some room to explore her feelings for Olly and see him face-to-face. This sets up potential conflict with Maddie’s mother, whose overprotective nature would never allow such a risky encounter.

This was the first Nicola Yoon book I’ve read. I’m excited to read her follow up book, The Sun is Also a Star, which was a National Book Award finalist. Her husband, David Yoon, wrote Frankly In Love which I reviewed earlier.

I really enjoyed Everything, Everything. The ending contained some unexpected twists which surprised me. I highly recommend it.

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