7 Nov 2015

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Goodreads 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 stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My experience with Everything, Everything: 

I had heard a lot about this book, a lot. But I pretty much only bought it because I could see all the beautiful photos people were taking of the absolutely stunning cover (that's a terrible thing to admit, Lauren, what the heck?) Anyway, I went into this book expecting what every contemporary Young Adult book has to offer, a similar and heartbreaking story line, think The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but that's not exactly what I got...

The book is narrated by seventeen year old Madeline Whittier who has been sick her entire life, so sick that she cannot leave her home. The story begins with an explanation on Madeline's room, and her day-to-day routine, some facts about her nurse, her mum, and what her bedroom looks like. We're told that she's a book lover, and that instantly gives her a few extra marks. For me, it was easy to like Madeline, even though I didn't expect to, but something about the writing style pulled me into Madeline's world.

Then, we're introduced to the boy-next-door, who moves in early on in the story (yawn). I couldn't help it, at that moment I just felt as though it was going to be a story where boy meets sick girl, sick girl gets even more sick, boy and sick girl fall in love, sick girl dies, boy is broken. That was the only outcome I could see from this book and it didn't make me want to read any further. However, I'd given the book to Josh's younger sister for her birthday, and she'd finished her copy and said it was actually pretty entertaining, so I carried on reading my own.

One thing I absolutely loved about this book is how visual it is. I'm definitely a visual learner, and having the short, sharp chapters and the drawings, emails, IMs, and everything else in between was brilliant. There are diagrams, emails, and lists, but best of all were the narrators "spoiler reviews" where she wrote down the most blunt and harsh review of a book ever, and her "definitions" where she reworked the definition of a word to fit in with something that had just happened to her.

I did find that for long periods of time nothing really happened, so the book sort of lost me at times. I understand that a book can't literally be all action, and the addition of lists to show how much time had passed and 'handwritten schedules' definitely helped, but at times literally nothing happened and I found myself putting the book down during those times because it just became a bit boring.

I feel as though I have to say something about the ending of this book. I think a lot of people will say things like "I totally saw that coming!" or "Duh!?" but seriously, I did not see the book ending the way it did. I'm trying to say this as spoiler free as possible, but the writing made this part of the plot so freaking subtle that I just couldn't expect it. The book was following the classic story line I was expecting it to follow, until suddenly, it wasn't. When I read it, I literally had to put the book down and just think about all the little things I'd missed that caused the ending of the book to come at such a shock to me... If you're not planning on reading this book, you should, if only for the ending.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon starts as your average contemporary YA novel about a sick girl and the boy she meets, with the addition of amazing visuals, but ended as a book that I really enjoyed and will definitely be recommending. I would give this book three and a half stars out of five, because I could not choose between a three and a four star rating. (★★★½)

Where you can find the book: 
Barnes and Noble // Book Depository // Amazon US // Amazon UK // Amazon Australia

About the author:
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

On her website she writes in her bio: "I believe in love. Really, truly. // I'm kind of a hopeless romantic. // I'm a proud member of the We Need Diverse Books team. // In a former life I made jewelry. You can see some of it here. // I love Karoake, but I cannot sing. I. Am. The. Worst. My song of choice is “Making Love out of Nothing at all” by Air Supply, because AIR SUPPLY. // My husband makes custom notebooks. They are pretty popular. // I hand write my first drafts. // I keep all the empty pens. // I was (am and always will be) a late bloomer.In a former life I was French. I could live entirely on wine & cheese. // Or maybe Korean because I could live on Kimchi  & Galbi too."

Keeping up with the author: 

Website // Twitter // Instagram // Goodreads // Tumblr

I hope you enjoyed my review of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon! Have you read this book yet? What did you think? If not, is it on your TBR? Don't forget to leave a comment down below and to subscribe!

1 comment :

  1. Haha I can totally understand wanting to get a book after seeing everyone's pretty photos of it on Instagram! Haven't read this book though. I'm not really into YA but I do love seeing pretty books on people's feeds. By the way, I just found myself here after following you on Instagram for a while. I love your stuff! And I love your blog's look, so clean and easy on the eyes. :)
    That's it. Have a great day! :)