Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Source: NetGalley, BookCon
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
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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. This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
My friend got a copy of this book at BookCon with me and read it before me. When I saw her the morning she finished it she immediately pushed for me to read it next. Promising me it was something I would love. She was right. Everything, Everything is beautiful. That is all I can say. It is a story about growing up, falling in love and not letting a sickness define who you are.
Madeline is eieghteen years old and suffers from the rare immunie disorder STID. She always lived a comfortable existence with her mom and nurse Carla. In her free time she reads, watches TV, runs a book blog and attends school via Skype. That is until a new family moves in next door. After that everything is about to change. She is certain she is going to fall in love with Olly, and pretty sure it is going to be a disaster. But she is sick of loosing out because of her sickness and it is time to live.
*Tons of flailing happened during this book*
I loved how this book was written, the chapters were short and sweet, the drawings, IMs, and E-mails. It gave Everything, Everything an nontraditional feel that I really enjoyed. IMs were my favorite part though, it was their main method of communication since Madeline was confined to her house. As a reader you were able to see several different versions of Olly through the IMs and e-mails.
Now, this book was predictable. Every twist and turn I saw coming. BUT it was executed pretty well. The plot never dragged and it kept moving, and though I predicted a lot of what was going to happen I still kept turning to pages because I needed more. It wasn't until the very end did I see the biggest plot twist to start to take form, and event though I suspected it, it was still a big "ah-ha!" moment. I will be looking out for more by Nicola soon, I am how ever hung over from the fabulousness of this book!