Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Setting: Modern day California
If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.
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.
From Me: I read this novel as an ARC from NetGalley.
I just adored this book. The story between Maddy and Olly is poignant and sweet and will melt your heart. Yoon’s wrriting is spot on. It’s unique, engaging, and makes you feel like you’re experiencing Maddy and Olly’s story right along with them. This book has illustrations! They serve to enhance the story and I found myself laughing at quite a few of them. That’s the thing about this book though. You go into thinking it’s going to be another drippy, teenage star-crossed love story, but it’s funny.
I began and finished this book in one sitting. Well, I sat in the living room reading it on my iPad until I didn’t want to make a spectacle of myself and finished reading it sitting on the edge of my tub in with the bathroom door locked. It wasn’t LONG ENOUGH!!
When I was telling my oldest daughter about this book,she replied, “So, it’s like Eleanor & Park?” I hadn’t made the comparison myself but it made a lot of sense when she said it. Then, I just read the blurb when I added it to this post and the comparison was made again. It’s a fair comparison. Read this book!