Hey guys! So I’m sure by now you’ve already heard of Everything, Everything. It’s the story of Madeline, a girl born with SCID, a disease that basically means that she’s allergic to everything. She’s stayed inside her house for her entire life, never going outside in seventeen years. Then a boy moves in next door, and everything changes. This book has been getting a lot of hype, and has been for the last two years. It was even made into a movie this summer. I’ve had it on my shelf for a long time but I kept reading other things and just never got around to reading it (story of my life). So last night I was looking at the time and I was like huh, it’s only 11:30 and I don’t have to get up early. I could just start it.
I finished the whole book.
This was one of those books that just draws you in and doesn’t let you go. For one, the voice is incredible. Madeline’s voice rings so true throughout the book, the reader really feels like they know her. The storytelling style is really interesting. It has the feel of a journal, with short chapters interspersed by drawings and graphs and lists. I love books like that, they have the feeling of reading someone else’s diary, like you’re getting a really intimate connection to the main character. It was a super quick read, and I blew through it, desperate to get to the next page.
I felt really conflicted about this book after I finished. It had some really strong parts and some that didn’t quite do it for me. I’ll start with the strong parts- the romance and the premise. This was a very solid piece of contemporary romance, with all of the butterflies and smiles that come with a good YA. I could feel the characters falling in love, and that’s the sort of thing that can be kind of hit or miss in books. This was definitely a hit.
The premise was another that I really liked. It was original, a story that I hadn’t read before. That is few and far between in YA, with the sheer number of books coming out each year. This really did feel original in its concept.
Now for the problematic bits. I really prefer if the female protagonist has stuff going on other than the boy. I know she’s a girl in a bubble, she doesn’t exactly have a great social life, but she seems to have no interests other than Olly. Every major plot point involves/ is inspired by Olly. She has no interests or thoughts or aspirations that don’t involve Olly. This makes her feel too two-dimensional. I know many, many teenage girls (being one myself), and I promise there’s a lot going on in our heads. And the other problematic bit- the ending. I’m not going to spoil it if you haven’t read the book, but I know everyone has mixed feelings about it. I haven’t quite sorted out my own feelings about it, but it was definitely a shock.
Overall, this was a worthwhile read. I think there are many elements in it that people will either really like or really dislike. I personally enjoyed reading it, and I will definitely be reading Nicola Yoon’s other books. You can get it on sale here! Everything, Everything
Final rating- 3.5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂