Book: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Date Published: September 1st, 2015
Date Started: October 3rd, 2015
Date Finished: October 3rd, 2015
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.
You know how I can tell a book is good? The rate at which I read said book. Sometimes life gets in the way and I don’t read as fast, or sometimes I’m just not in the mood for that genre. But sometimes you just find that book that you finish in one day, even in one sitting sometimes. I love those kinds of books. Everything, Everything was one of those books.
To Audiobook Or Not?
I had a long drive yesterday, and I decided to put an audiobook on to keep me entertained. I usually don’t do great with audiobooks because I always end up getting distracted and not paying attention. But I was sucked into Everything, Everything. I couldn’t wait to finish this story. This story had me laughing, had me swoon, almost had me crying, and just so emotionally invested. I think this is the fastest I’ve ever finished an audiobook. Usually I’ll drag them out and only reserve them for long drives (which doesn’t happen often), but I couldn’t wait to get home and continue.
Since I listened to this on audiobook, I had a different experience than from reading the book. After flipping through the book, I realized that there were drawings, lists, and lots of other visual things aspects other than the words. I almost wish that I had read the physical book rather than listening to the audiobook simple for this reason, but I figured I could always reread the story since it was such a short read.
Short Story, Lots of Depth.
The story is on the short side, but was still packed with so much. I loved the character of Maddy. I loved that she wasn’t this perfect character who did everything by the book when it came to her disease. And then theres Olly. Oh man I loved Olly so much. Their romance was so swoon worthy. I also loved seeing the relationships between Maddy and her mother and nurse. There was definitely an interesting dynamic there. I loved reading the diversity in this book. About someone’s experience thats different than mine. And at the same time, find something relateable in the characters and story. I wasn’t expecting the ending, but once it did happen, it explained so much. I love stories like that. When the twist makes you go back and analyze everything that happened up until that point.
This is a book that everyone has been raving about, and I can definitely see why. This is definitely a story where you’ll take away a life lesson with you. And trust me, theres plenty to be learned from this book. I wish I had read this sooner, and I can’t wait to meet Nicola Yoon next week and read her upcoming novel, The Sun Is Also a Star, out in November.