Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 5/5
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.
This book is everything, everything! It was heart-wrenching, inspiring, beautiful, and refreshing. I found myself wrapped up in Maddie and Olly’s interactions, and I had my heart in my mouth whilst reading most of it. There was always the ‘what if?’ hanging over the pair, and that ‘what if?’ made me want to stop reading once they got to Hawaii. I had that terrifying, amazing feeling that I was about to get my heart broken. This book always kept heart break hanging over my head like an anvil.
That ending, though. I didn’t see it coming, but it was plausible, and I dont think I took a breath throughout. It’s been a long while since I have read a book that put me through my paces like this book. I can’t deal with all the feels I have.
The gorgeous illustrations add beautifully to the narrative. The lay out of the IM’s, and Maddie’s handwritten lists/ schedules offered a nice rest-bite, and continued to add realism to Maddie’s bubble world.
The film better do this book justice!
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