Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Page Length: 320 pages (Kindle version)

Published: September 1st, 2015 by Delacorte

I decided to get the e-book of Everything, Everything because it was $1.99 or .99, I can’t remember – but SUPER cheap. I don’t usually buy e-books but I have a book buying ban on myself for the start of this year as part of my goal to get through most of my TBR (to be read) pile. So, I reasoned with myself that a cheap e-book wouldn’t break the bank. Anyone else feel this way? My TBR pile is REALLY big.

{Synopsis from Goodreads}

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

*****

Initial Thoughts

My first impression was that it would be a really cute romance kind of chic- lit story of a girl, who has never experienced the world vs. a boy, who has. And as the story unfolds you are hoping, wishing that this girl will get better from her life- threatening disease so that she can FINALLY live. I was definitely not expecting what happened, to happen.

Main Character Thoughts

Madeline, or Maddie is an intriguing character. I mean, what would it be like to be alive yet allergic to the world? She is smart and very perceptive. She has taken all of her schooling online and has an interest in architecture, which is ironic; to want to design the world around you as you live inside your own box – it seems fitting to me. I felt sorry for her a lot of the time. What could that be like? I mean, I think of all the experiences I had when I was kid and a teenager with being outside and playing with friends and generally not having a care in the world about how it could possibly affect me. You would certainly have a lot of time to read books- which she had done. I think it would be so boring and I have a hard time believing that she wasn’t more depressed about it all. But mind over matter I suppose. It is supposed to be a light- hearted read so the author didn’t really dig too deep into the mental repercussions of her upbringing.

Some Dislikes

I liked Olly and Madeline and the cute romance that bloomed. I didn’t love it though. I didn’t connect with them very well and didn’t feel a lot of the passion that I should have been feeling for them. It might have been because it seemed so rushed.

One of the things I didn’t like about it was that it seemed much too short. It was a quick read for me and I think I would have loved it so much more if it had been longer. As I said, Yoon didn’t dig deep into some of the darker elements that presented themselves and those were the parts that really surprised me. I think if she had, this wouldn’t be a young adult novel. But all I’m saying is that I would love it so much more if there had been more of the story- I wasn’t ready for it to end yet!

Added Features

The illustrations added a unique and quirky insight towards Madeline’s character and the development of the story. I think it’s so fun that it was Nicola Yoon’s husband- David Yoon that drew them as well. So nice that they shared this project together as this is her first novel.

I absolutely love the design on the front cover. It just encompasses the whole setting of the book very nicely.

Rating Time 1 – 10

Action/Adventure: 6

Romance: 7

Recommend?

Yes! It’s a very light- hearted read that I would rate at PG -13. It made me question my perception of life and maybe what things I could be doing differently- especially when I’m working towards specific goals. But also that love- love is so, so, important; whether it be romantic or familial – always take that leap. It can be heartbreaking but it can also be earth- shattering. Love is always worth it. So, I hope you will go check out Everything, Everything as soon as you can and enjoy this unique read by Nicola Yoon!

Happy Reading!

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