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Everything, Everything Hardcover – Illustrated, September 1, 2015
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“Gorgeous and lyrical.” --The New York Times Book Review
"[A] fresh, moving debut."--Entertainment Weekly, A-
"YA book lovers, your newest obsession is here."--MTV.com
★ "This heartwarming story transcends the ordinary by exploring the hopes, dreams, and inherent risks of love in all of its forms." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
★"Everything, Everything is wonderful, wonderful."—SLJ, Starred Review
“Everything, Everything is everything, everything—powerful, lovely, heart-wrenching, and so absorbing I devoured it in one sitting. It’s a wonder. The rare novel that lifts and shatters and fills you all at once.” —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
“With her stunning debut, Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon has constructed an entirely unique and beautiful reading experience. Gorgeous writing meshes with original artwork to tell a love story like no other. You’ve never read a book like this.” —David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland
“Everything, Everything has everything . . . romance, heart, and intelligence. Nicola Yoon's book and voice stayed with me long after I finished reading.” —Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
“There's a quiet beauty about Everything, Everything that kept me captivated from start to finish. Olly and Madeline's love story stole my heart.”--Katie McGarry, author of Nowhere But Here
"This extraordinary first novel about love so strong it might kill us is too good to feel like a debut. Tender, creative, beautifully written, and with a great twist, Everything, Everything is one of the best books I've read this year." --Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Leaving Time
"A do-not-miss for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell (aka everyone)."--Justine Magazine
"A vibrant, thrilling, and, ultimately, wholly original tale that's bound to be an instant hit."--Bustle.com
"This is an easy romance to get caught up in."--Publishers Weekly
"Deeply satisfying."--The Bulletin
"Nicola Yoon’s first novel will give you butterflies."--Seventeen
“Not only was I totally hooked . . . by the end I was totally blown away.”—Arun Rath, NPR Weekend’s All Things Considered
“Heartwarming and inventive.”—Mashable.com
“Readers will root for the precocious Maddy as she falls hard for the boy next door . . . teens in search of a swoonworthy read will devour.”--Booklist
"I just couldn't put it down . . . If you’re a fan of The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay or Before I Die, then this book is for you."--TheGuardian.com
Selected as one of the Best Multicultural Books of the Year by the Center for the Study Multicultural Children’s Literature
- Lexile Measure : HL610L
- Grade Level : 7 - 9
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 0553496646
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553496642
- Product Dimensions : 5.81 x 1.09 x 8.56 inches
- Reading level : 12 - 17 years
- Publisher : Delacorte Press; Illustrated Edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #331,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everything, Everything is similar to Recovery Road in terms of format. It is setup like a diary, though unlike Recovery Road it has pictures, and each would be chapter is short. However, with a movie coming up this August, starring Amandla Stenberg and Anika Noni Rose, you know I couldn’t resist. Though, let me tell you, this is by no means the best YA novel I’ve ever read.
Characters & Storyline
Since she was a baby, Madeline hasn’t left her house. Her mother, a doctor, has diagnosed her with SCIDs (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency) after her getting gravely ill as a baby. What this basically does is turn her into a bubble child (Think Jake Gyllenhaal’s Bubby Boy). Which, if you saw the movie, you’ll remember means a lot of remodeling of the family home in order to accommodate the disease. So, with some money Maddy’s mom came into, she is able to redo the house to keep Maddy healthy.
Thus leading to, for more than 15 some odd years, the only people Maddy interacting with being her mom and nurse Carla. However, then comes Olly, a boy who moves in next door. His curiosity, his being new to the area, draws him to the cute girl who just watches people from the window. So, thanks to a bit of perseverance, and Maddy’s own curiosity, they become friends and so blooms the desire to become something more. But is that possible when Maddy can’t do things normal girls do? Will Olly, considering his family situation, as well as the ability to meet tons of girls at school, really give him the time to deal with the frustration which is having to adjust his life to meet the requirements of what he needs to do just to see Maddy? Well…
Maddy and Olly’s Relationship Is Adorable
No matter what the YA novel is, pretty much it is the relationships and/or the friendships, that keep you interested. Especially in books like these which don’t have their lead with some serious sort of affliction which can give the reader a quick shock or scare. So, it makes it where as you read Maddy meeting and getting to know Olly, it is very cute. After all, once you take into account how isolated Maddy has been, and this is probably one of the few boys her age she has had the chance to interact with, it makes you a bit nostalgic.
This is, of course, assuming you are my age, nearly a decade away from Maddy’s, and reading her talk about the butterflies and how being within a couple of feet from someone you are into makes the hairs on your arms stand. All of it, truly, reminds you of what it was like to be young and have a full-fledged, it could happen, type of crush. The kind you dream about and so much more.
It’s Not Too Heavy or Sensationalized
I think I’m not alone in saying that the YA novel genre has become saturated with drug addiction, accidental deaths, various kinds of abuse, and with that it makes books which don’t include that seem tame. Heck, they seem boring in comparison. For, after all, books are about escapism, going into someone else’s world, usually more interesting than yours, and getting away. Yet, at the same time, books are also about finding someone, or something, to relate to, despite your difference.
Maddy’s life is bare. She has her mom, Carla, and a computer she strangely only does school work on. Even when Olly enters her life, there is nothing sensationalized about their relationship. He isn’t some bad boy she is trying to save nor is he just some curious dude who is bored.
In a lot of ways, Everything, Everything reminds you that storytelling, and coming of age, isn’t just about having sex for the first time, your first drink, your first smoke, or what often are considered things that adults do. It’s about experiencing life with the only influence your parents having is how they live by example and you deciding what to, or not to, take from that. Which includes how you handle being offered sex, drugs, and etc., as well as how you handle tragedy, how you are as a friend or partner when that other person is hurting and more.
Overall: Mixed (Borrow)
While I really have nothing but praise for Everything, Everything here is the thing. It’s not for everyone. This book isn’t about escapism but providing perhaps a character to relate to. Hence why Maddy is Black and Asian, just like Nicola Yoon’s children will be. This book, in a way, is about breaking the mold, not giving in to the need for sudden shocks and the usual beliefs of what teens get themselves, and each other, into. This book is for those who may have issues with their parents, maybe never been kissed, but nonetheless are completely normal. With that, as much as the book has quotable lines up the ying yang, it doesn’t really bring me to say you should buy it nor can I strongly recommend it. It’s a quick read which won’t be taxing on your time and emotions but with it just being cute, even with Maddy’s diagnosis, it doesn’t come up with ways to make you wanna read this over and over again. As much as we get to know Maddy and Olly, as well as their friends and family, they don’t leave a strong impression for they are so normal that, minus or plus one or two things, you probably already know someone like them.
Hence the Mixed (Borrow) label for while those prepping for the movie I think may enjoy the insight, and surely will look forward to certain moments in the movie, I think on its own Everything, Everything may do things differently, but not in such a way it becomes exemplary.
Other than that I loved the storyline and the author’s writing. Maddy was funny and quirky and relatable. I did wonder which direction the story would go, I wouldn’t say it was predictable, but I wasn’t sure whether it would have a happy or sad ending. There seemed to be only two ways for the book to end. And I will say that when I read the last part of the book I was actually disappointed there wasn’t more to the story of Olly and Maddy. I was left wanting more!
Definitely worth reading if you like sweet YA love stories.
You have to read this book, it will definitely change the way you see and appreciate things.
I did purchase the novel when it was first released, but ended putting it to the side due to all the hype – I like to go into a read with a clear head so I can form my own opinions without any influence.
There were plenty of little symbolic references from the text which I liked and felt added depth and meaning to the characters and their interactions. As too did the illustrations. We really get a sense of our protagonist Maddy's mental state and exploration of the world outside, despite being trapped inside her hermetically sealed house suffering NCID. The little things, character quirks helped flesh out their personality. Like how love interest Olly was interested in parkour and could never sit or stand still, how it was a symptom of how uncomfortable and how much he wanted to escape life with his abusive father.
Another aspect, this time going against the novel, were the plethora of inaccuracies. Both in the realistic treatment of NCID and having a germ-free house. Maddy's symptoms. Maddy's mother's behaviour... I just felt like there was something off. Granted the reveal could shed a whole different light on these things, but I was just so frustrated when reading I nearly put the book down because I felt the author had not done enough research into what life is really like in that situation.
It made the novel feel very implausible.
With having said that the writing is lovely, though some of the chapters extremely short - like soundbites of information or snippets of chatroom dialogue, it felt a bit jarring for me. Definitely a quick read though and more for the younger end of the YA demographic.
I enjoyed reading 'Everything Everything' but it's not something I would rave over. Though in comparison to the treatment they gave to the movie, the novel is way better. Recommended only for lovers of YA contemporaries who like uncomplicated quick reads.
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Everything, Everything is the story of Madeline Whittier – a teenager with the incredibly unfortunate affliction of being allergic to the World. Madeline has to be kept in a protective bubble to protect her from the outside atmosphere and has never stepped foot outside in seventeen years. But, she does have access to the internet, and this is how she meets Olly, the boy who has just moved in next door. As a relationship develops between the two, Madeline wants more from life than the white walls that have always protected her.
Though essentially a love story, Everything, Everything avoids (thankfully) being an overly-soppy romance. There are a few clichés, but the narrative is somewhat trite while preserving accuracy: Madeline and Olly’s meetings ring true – they talk and act like teenagers. This prevents the novel from becoming over-the-top and fantastical.
Engaging and engrossing, Yoon has injected this love story with enough suspense to make you want to know where it is going at the end of every chapter. I’m not keen on romance, so the fact that this was a page-turner caught me off guard, but I just continuously needed to know: what next? An effortless read, as the prospect of sitting down to read ‘just a few’ chapters is always something to look forward to.
Also worth a mention is the format of the book itself. I read the Kindle version, which still included Madeline’s illustrations. Not that it is really needed for this purpose, but it breaks up the narrative nicely. More so, it engages you on another level – you can see (and feel) how much of a dreamer Madeline has become with only her imagination at her dispense, a reminder of her innocence at youth.
Though I have defined Everything, Everything as a love story, there is a much bigger picture of the beautiful breaking of innocence. Though clearly very smart academically, Madeline is forced to confront the most basic of realities in the real world, such as sitting in a moving car. It’s an exploration of love and the world through eyes that have never seen either.
The one major disappointment for me was the ending. Without giving too much away, there is a twist which, on reflection, was actually quite dark. But the time of reading, it felt a little too much like everything was tied up neatly with a bow. I’ve since thought that perhaps this was the most suitable ending but carried out in a more anti-climactic manner than I was yearning for. This didn’t massively affect my overall enjoyment of the novel, but a little more panache for the finale could have made this truly incredible.
Everything, Everything is a debut novel but you would never guess it because her writing is of such high quality and polished. I loved the format of this book, first person with a linear time scale. Madeline wonderfully describes her life to the reader so that we know what it is like to be trapped in her home and to fear the big, dangerous outside world. The story is so engaging and although told from a female perspective, blokes can so easily relate to it.
There is a lot of romance here but it is not slushy or off-putting. The romance is soft and tender, drawing the reader in with hope. You can only wish for things to turn for the better with Madeline.
I loved the philosophy weaved into this story. The dialogue shared with the reader leads to some wonderful quotes to take away with you…
“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”
“It’s not your fault. Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.”
“You’re not living if you’re not regretting.”
...I thoroughly enjoyed reading Everything, Everything. Many people are finding it a challenge staying at home during the Coronavirus pandemic which makes this book extremely easy to relate to. I just wish that Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales would read this book and reconsider his decision to keep Wales stuck at home, lagging and trapped behind the rest of the UK, as most of Great Britain eases out of lockdown. Although this book is set in California, readers in lockdown around the globe can relate so easily to Madeline’s entrapment.
Everything, Everything is basically a love story but with a lot more thrown in. It is a TOP CLASS read with a happy ending that gets 5 stars from me.
4.5 happy shiny stars
Everything, Everything made me feel everything, but mostly heart-happy. I wanted to squeal and squirm with giddiness whenever Maddie interacted with Olly. The two of them were totally adorable together, but they were also totally love-drunk in the way only teenagers can be, leading to some very questionable decisions. I felt hope, frustration, a sense of doom, suspicion and despair while reading this, proving that Yoon really could get you to feel everything, everything. (Sorry for the cheese!) A one-sitting read, Everything, Everything is the best YA contemporary of read so far this year!
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I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book is fantastic!, when i put it down i wanted to pick it back up again. I sure can't wait for the next one!!
Excellent Nicola! thank you for a brilliant read!
The storyline is amazing and I couldn't put the book down! It's got so many unexpected twists and it's now my favourite book and I cannot wait to watch the film now!