Title : Everything, Everything
Author : Nicola Yoon
First published in : 2015
Genre : young adult, romance
Edition : Ember
Pages : 306
Status : read from 12/03/18 to 12/07/18
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Synopsis : 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 state right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I, Maddy, am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Review : It has been a while since I wanted to read this novel. I discovered Everything, Everything on Instagram, when I started my account in 2015. This book was pretty new at that time and I totally fell in love with the cover. I knew nothing about it but I already knew that I wanted to read it. Unfortunately, I had lots of books to read and I decided to not buy it at this moment. This is when the movie was in theaters that I felt the urge to watch it and read it. Unfortunately again, the movie was nowhere to be watched in my town so I could not make it. Finally, some weeks ago, I found a English and a movie tie-in edition of the book in a bookshop and decided to buy it and read it. As you can guess, I was excited to finally be able to discover this story!
The first thing I really liked about this book, this is the make-up of the pages. This is original to find illustrations and other formats like pages of a diary, boarding tickets or screenshots of emails. Thanks to these components, the story is stronger and the reader feels like he/she is a part of the novel too. In this particular edition, I also liked the photos from the movie. This was easier for me to imagine how the characters could look like.
Now about the story itself. I sincerely loved the relationship between Madeline and Olly. They are so cute together, it warmed my heart! I definitely needed to read a beautiful love story and I exactly found what I was looking for. I have been moved by Pauline, Madeline’s mother, too. She has been destroyed by the loss of her husband and son and couldn’t help protecting her daughter, even if it meant Madeline could not live her own life.
At first, the plot seems to be easy to guess but in reality, it is stronger than we thought. This is not only a teenage love story, but also about friendship, family love, loss, protection and forgiveness. This is a story about how far we can go into our lies to keep the ones we love with us and try to protect them from the world.
To conclude, I really enjoyed discovering this beautiful novel. I liked Nicola Yoon’s writing and her characters, and David Yoon’s illustrations. Both are complementary. The text would have been great without the illustrations, but this is much better with them! If you haven’t read Everything, Everything yet, I highly recommend you to give it a try.
As for me, I am going to watch the movie now because I don’t want to leave Maddy and Olly!