Maddy is allergic to the world; stepping outside the sterile sanctuary of her home could kill her. But then Olly moves in next door. And just like that, Maddy realizes there’s more to life than just being alive. You only get one chance at first love. And Maddy is ready to risk everything, everything to see where it leads.
I have had Everything, Everything sitting on my bookshelf for seems like forever, and with the release of the film in just a few weeks I wanted to get this read before seeing it. Now having read the book I can’t believe I have had this brilliant book sat on my shelf unread for so long. I devoured this book in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down once I started.
Everything, Everything is about Maddie who is allergic to everything, that is why she has been locked inside her home for most of her life. The only people she sees in person is her mum and her nurse Carla. When she sees the new boy next door, Olly, she realises that she wants more than to just stay inside. She wants to experience the world, even if it means risking her life.
From the very beginning I connected with Maddy and I could understand her frustration at being locked in the house for most of her life, she wanted an adventure and she knew she wasn’t going to get one being stuck at home. If I was Maddy I would totally understand that its not really a life because you are not really living, instead its like surviving to just die anyway at the end. As soon as Olly moved in next door I adored them two together because they both wanted to escape their lives, and it was so cute to read about. Their love may have developed a bit sudden, but I didn’t mind that, I still believed in it.
As I said I managed to read this book in one sitting, and I think I read it in just over two hours. It was an easy read because the story is so interesting and its hard to put the book down because you don’t want to leave the characters. Also I liked the imagines and diagrams dotted around throughout the book, I was expecting them to be there, but I think they helped the reading experience. Well they did for me in any case, it made the book feel a little more personal.
I really liked the writing in Everything, Everything. I have not read any of Nicola Yoon’s work before, but I can now see why everyone raves about her writing. I found it very engaging and it fit the story and the characters really well. She was able to write as a teenager and not write as a pretend teenager. Her writing was believable and at times emotional. I can’t wait to read The Sun is also A Star soon.
I can not recommend this book enough, yes it has a bit of instalove, and perhaps its not the most original book when it comes to romance, but its easy to over look these points because of the characters, the story and the writing. If you haven’t read this yet, then you are definitely missing out on an absolutely brilliant read.
I rate this book 5/5 stars