Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ARC Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Delacorte

Pages: 320

Received: From Publisher via Netgalley

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½ 
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. [goodreads]

My Thoughts

I read this novel hear and there for a month, when I received it. I didn't know I was going to be engrossed this much into the world. It didn't surprise me from the obvious, but I loved the little moments. Before reading, I never knew the narrator was a women of color! Maddy was hilarious, cute, and had the sweetest heart. Not only was it apart of the Diverse Books community/category (yay), it followed other themes of love and family. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING has it all and more.

Madeline has a (super) rare disease, where she cannot go outside, or she'll get really sick (possibly die). She takes classes online and has little to no contact with anyone except her mom and nurse. Maddy has been inside almost her entire life, so she miraculously has an extensive knowledge of films and books. She was my dream character! But then a family moves next door and she notices there's a boy about her age. Sparks fly and what not; their love was unbound.

Ollie may seem like the cute and outgoing, but he had his fair share of problems too. We all know there's going to be love here and a start up of a relationship. But we get to know what's going on in Maddy's mind, which is so unique and complex. The beginning was cute and bubbly, but once you get into the gritty parts, it was so mesmerizing. We learn so much about them in a matter of time.

 I'm pretty sure somewhere in the novel Maddy talks of her skin color and how she shouldn't feel discouraged, but on the rise. Her mom was also a big part of her life. Their relationship was full of love, but not as much understanding. There's so much to see and to do, so when Maddy comes to realize this, I believe it was one of the turning points. 

Everything, Everything follows messages of love and family. I think this is important to have these things in your life, especially love. Whether you're in love or out of it, love can be all around you and you can still not be in love. I fell in love with Madeline's adventurous, curious, and humorous mind. I don't think there's anything out there like it.


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