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Everything, Everything Review

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

28 thoughts on “Everything, Everything Review

  1. This book has been on my radar for SO long, especially with the movie coming out! I’ve put off reading it because I’m worried it will be another “The Fault In Our Stars” which sorry but I really didn’t like and was too sappy for me…but I might as well give it a shot!

  2. I’ve seen the previews for the movie and it looked kind of interesting. I actually didn’t realize it was based on a book. I much prefer books to movies. The books give so much more to the level of character then movies can. This is a book I’m definitely interested in reading.

  3. I enjoyed this book for many reasons…mostly because of the humuhumunupunupuapuwa’a and the song from high school musical. I spent most of this book singing that song actually. I didn’t find the ending problematic, though I do understand the point others make about their issues with it. I am glad you enjoyed it!

  4. This has been on my list for a long time. I need to see the movie too. I’ve heard the controversy over the ending and without reading it I can’t pass judgement. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  5. I think the original concept of following a girl with an illness sounds intriguing and like something I’d love to read to find out more about how people deal with that illness. It’s a shame that they haven’t really developed her character any further than the love interest, I find that a lot of books/films seem to be doing that lately and it gets a bit repetitive. It sort of puts me off wanting to read it but at the same time I do wanna see how I’d get on with it x

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  6. I can defiantly agree with the worrying about her not having any other interest other then Olly, even in the movie, we saw that same message. However I do think it can be an amazing talking point with young girls who may see that and think that should be how it is.

  7. I had heard of this book a little before joining the blogging world and then saw the trailer for the movie and caught my attention even more. I have to say, I love the watching the movie version first and then the book because I find I love and appreciate the book even more when I get to add all those extra tidbits in that were left out of the movie.

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