“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.”
Okay, so, this book was a very interesting read. I instantly loved the main character, Madeline. She is an innocent, warm, loving character that showed so much love for her overprotective mother and her nurse Carla. The whole concept of this book was new to me, as I honestly haven’t read anything like this before (well except if you count reading half – or maybe just shy of it – of ‘the fault in our stars’) and I didn’t know what to expect. Overall this book was quite cute, with its loveable characters and little doodles and drawings.
The idea of the main character falling in love with her neighbour is a story that can be very overdone. However, I felt as if Olly and Madeline were honestly made for each other and I absolutely loved the scenes that they had together in the book because they felt relatively real! There were real feelings and descriptions of how the characters were responding to the situation at hand, and in doing this it made me feel like I was with them and watching the overall exchange. And as the blurb predicted, their love was certainly a disaster just waiting to happen, but this in turn just made it more thrilling to read.
I feel as is Yoon has developed some a very strong story, that was very interesting to read. Overall this book did keep me flipping the pages and wanting to know more, and the ending practically killed me (I want to know more details of what happened after!!!), but I feel as if I would have appreciated it and loved it more if I was a little younger.
“Madeline (M): What colour are your eyes?
Olly (O): Blue
M: Be more specific, please
O: Jesus. Girls. Ocean Blue. What colour are yours?
M: Chocolate brown
O: More specific, please
M: 75% cacao butter dark chocolate brown”
“I turn in his arms, thinking how quickly its become my favourite place in the world. Familiar, foreign, comforting and thrilling all at once”
“I decided then that love is a terrible, terrible thing. Loving someone as fiercely as my mom loves me must be like wearing your heart outside of your body with no skin, no bones, no nothing to protect it”
“Olly’s maths says you can’t predict the future. It turns out that you can’t predict the past either. Time moves in both directions – Forward and backward – and what happens here and now changes them both”
“In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.”
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OverallI rate ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon 3 stars out of 5. I liked this book and enjoyed reading it but overall it didn’t blow me away like I was expecting it to. I would suggest individuals who are in the pre-teen years to read it as I think they would love it.