My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Young Adult is my second favourite genre (after Romance) but I went into this with a 50-50 mix of excitement and trepidation. Excitement because I LOVE YA and trepidation because I was still nursing a book hangover from the Six of Crows duology and was worried the hangover would impact my ability to fully appreciate this. Turns out my trepidation was unwarranted because Everything, Everything is 307 pages of YA perfection. This debut by Nicola Yoon demanded to be read in one sitting and that is exactly what I did. The storyline, coupled with the short chapters, illustrations and IMs, made this the kind of book you are enchanted to breeze through in one sitting.
Everything, Everything tells the story of Madeline, a teenage girl with a disease that is as rare as it is famous. She has a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) and is basically allergic to the world. She has not left her house in fifteen years and the only people she ever sees are her mom and her nurse, Carla. But then one day a moving truck arrives next door and with that Olly enters her life. As she gets to know him, her whole world opens up and she feels herself starting to change—starting to want things. To want out of her bubble. To want everything, everything the world has to offer.
The main reason I loved this book so much is because it is a combo of two of my favourite genres. YA romance novels are a particular favourite of mine and this was no exception. I loved Maddy and Olly and was absolutely rooting for them. And now Olly is one of my top 10 book boyfriends (not that there is an official list 😅 though I should work on one 🤩) because of how cute and sexy and funny he was. I loved how he had Maddy’s best interests at heart and was respectful and attentive to her needs, while also making it clear he found her very desirable. I also loved Maddy and Carla’s relationship and now I want my very own Carla. Initially I loved Maddy’s relationship with her mother but my sentiment changed towards the end of the book.
Speaking of towards the end:
1. there is a huge twist that occurs in the final third of the book that I did NOT see coming. It absolutely blew my mind away 🤯🤯🤯 and elevated the story to new heights
2. the ending was downright perfect 😍
I thoroughly enjoyed everything everything about Everything, Everything. It successfully cured my book hangover and now I am excited to get back to my reading challenge 😅🤓
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** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing