Review time – Everything Everything, Nicola Yoon.
Everything Everything is the tale of Madeline, a young girl who has spent the last 18 years trapped in her own home due to her medical condition. Maddy suffers from SCID, a rare condition where she is allergic to almost everything. Anything could make her severely ill if she does not keep safe in her sterile home. She lives a monotonous life with her he books, studies and her doctor mother and nurse Carla. Both women watch over her and ensure that she has good health on a regular basis.
One day a new family move the empty house next door and she is introduced to Olly. The new cute boy next door who is tackling problems of his own is suddenly fascinated with Maddy and we follow their journey as their friendship grows and a new romance blossoms between them. We watch as they overcome both Maddy’s illness and Olly’s alcoholic, abusive father.
Everything Everything is a heart-warming, lovely read that leaves you with a smile on your face.
Everything about this book is beautiful, from the cover of the book to the main characters through to the relationships between all the characters. (Well almost all the relationships). I love a good young adult contemporary novel and this one did not disappoint. It was a cute, romantic read that was really quite lovely.
The characters that Nicola Yoon created for this book were loveable and genuine, especially Carla who is more of a mother figure that Maddy’s mum. I just love her and her advice. Furthermore, I also love that there was diversity within this book it was realistic and nice and refreshing.
The pace of the book was great at the start. The relationship between Maddy and Olly bloomed at the right time. The I loves you may have been a little rushed but I suppose with Maddy’s situation it is understandable. She’s developing her first crush and everything is new to her I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be holding back if I was in her position. If the only people in my life had been my mother, my nurse and a tutor anyone giving me attention would swiftly gain my sole attention and affection. I mean someone willing to go through the vigorous health examinations and a thorough decontamination for a short visit where touching is prohibited there is no wonder Maddy is smitten.
Maddy’s need for change was also perfectly timed. The frustration with her life was clear from the very beginning and you can totally understand her need to leave, especially to Hawaii. However, towards the end of the book when the truth unravelled I think the pace swiftly changed and the ending was rushed. I think Yoon could have taken a little more time to go through the tests when Maddy’s suspicion of her SCID diagnosis was questioned and Maddy’s visit to New York could have been dragged out a little longer. That being said this was the only issue I had with the book.
The format of the story was endearing especially with the doodles and graphs that were used throughout the book. They were charming and definitely added another enthralling element to the story.
If you are looking for a quick read, a fast paced book and a lovely romance Everything Everything is perfect.
‘Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.’
‘Love is worth everything. Everything.’
I rate this book 3.5
If only the ending wasn’t rushed.