Monday, January 4, 2016

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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.

(Synopsis take from Goodreads.)

My Thoughts:
I read 194 books last year. Out of all of those books, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon was definitely my favorite. I read it when I was in the hospital. I ended up reading it in a little under two hours, even with all of the usual hospital interruptions, because I couldn't put it down.

Typically I'm not a big fan of young adult contemporary novels. However, this book had a little bit of everything that adds up to make a contemporary novel good. It tugged at the heartstrings, and made me cry several times. It had a little bit of humor that had me cracking up laughing. Towards the end of the book, there was some suspense mixed in that had me on the edge of my seat. I had no idea that the big plot twist was going to turn out the way it did, although my best friend guessed correctly. I don't even know where to begin with the romance. It was unconventional, which I greatly enjoyed. I didn't even think it was going to happen because of all the difficulties in the way, but it did. It made me want to stand up and cheer and root for the main characters even more than I already was. 

Speaking of main characters, Maddie is an inspiration to women everywhere. Heck, not just women, but to everyone fighting their own battles, especially illness. Maddie has been dealt a terrible lot in life. If I was her, I probably would have crawled under the covers and given up a long time ago. However, not only does she not let her illness get her down, she finds various ways to overcome it and be happy.

Everything, Everything was a wonderful YA contemporary from debut author Nicola Yoon. I know this was her first book, but she has been added to my list of authors to auto-buy. The book is an inspiration to people everywhere, regardless of sex or age. I think it should be required reading in high schools as it teaches about overcoming adversity. 

I give Everything, Everything: 5/5.

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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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