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Everything, Everything Paperback – March 7, 2017
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Gr 10 Up—From the first page, Madeline Whittier is a sympathetic character who has had to watch the world from the inside of a bubble—literally. Her diagnosed condition of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency is a life sentence that limits her to a world of two people: her mother, who is a doctor, and her nurse. Everything changes when Olly and his family move into the house next door. Olly is the kind of inventive guy who figures out a way to communicate with Madeline, and over the course of the next few months Madeline becomes Maddy, a young woman who takes potentially deadly risks to protect Olly emotionally, if not physically. Maddy's and Olly's hastily planned trip to Maui and their tastefully described liaison while there suggests a mature teen audience, but readers of Cammie McGovern's Say What You Will (HarperCollins, 2014) and Wendy Mills's Positively Beautiful (Bloomsbury, 2015) will fall in love with this humorously engaging story of a girl who discovers life, love, and forgiveness in new places. VERDICT Everything, Everything is wonderful, wonderful.—Jodeana Kruse, R. A. Long High School, Longview, WA --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
“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
“I give all the stars in the sky to Nicola Yoon's sparkling debut. 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
“It’s tempting to drop everything everything once you’ve begun . . . it’s hard not to be consumed by this tale of doomed love.” The Times, London
"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
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by:
B&N Teen Blog
The Miami Herald
School Library Journal
A #1 New York Times bestseller
A #1 Publishers Weekly bestseller
A #1 Indie bestseller
A USA Today bestseller
A Wall Street Journal bestseller
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens
An Indies Introduce selection
Selected as one of the Best Multicultural Books of the Year by the Center for the Study Multicultural Children’s Literature
Praise for the Everything, Everything movie!
“This tearjerker gives you feels you haven’t experienced since The Fault in Our Stars.”—Cosmopolitan
“Sweetly romantic.”—Crystal Bell /MTV News
“A love story that will span all ages!”—Maria Salas /America TeVe
“Watch out world, a star is born with Amandla Stenberg.”—Shawn Edwards /FOX-TV
“A very sweet and tender teen romance.”—Mose Persico /CTV Montreal
“It is EVERYTHING . . . and then some!”—Ojinika Obiekwe /WPIX “Morning News”
“Amandla Stenberg is lovely and compelling, a definite star to watch.”—Rachel Simon /Bustle
“The chemistry between Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson flies off the screen and has you rooting for them from beginning to end.”—Erin Gross /Fangirlish
“Everything, Everything will make you cry tears of happiness and sadness.”—Mehera Booner /MarieClaire.com
“If you're not already crushing on Nick Robinson, you will be after this.”—Kelsie Gibson /PopSugar
“Everything, Everything is literally EVERYTHING!”—Matthew Hoffman /Regal Cinemas
“Amandla Stenberg is brilliant.”—Lindsey Smith /Teen.com
“The sweet and undeniable chemistry between breakout stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson makes Everything, Everything a must-see.”—Sharon Tharp /JustJared
“Everything, Everything will make you clutch your heart.” —Kerensa Cadenas /Complex
“Everything, Everything is the best teen drama to come around in a long time.”—Avery Thompson /HollywoodLife.com
“A vivid and ambitious adaptation of the beloved novel.”—Kate Erbland /IndieWire
“Everything, Everything is everything times two.”—Xilla Valentine /GlobalGrind.com
“A fantastic film about love that takes your breath away.”—Jasmine Simpkins /HipHollywood.com
“Amandla and Nick's performance is a great reminder that it's worth taking big risks for love.”—Nina Hajian /92.3 AMP Radio’s Shoboy In The Morning
“Everything, Everything will leave you feeling happy.”—Shaylee Henning /KCKC-FM
“It makes you reflect on the relationships in your life.”—Tight Pants /KSLZ-FM/iHeartRadio
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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.
From the outset, "Everything, Everything" feels a little bit like "The Fault in Our Stars" in terms of the doomed young love aspect. The main character is ill, with a compromised immune system that prevents her from leaving her home. When a handsome young man moves in next door, she immediately starts wanting more than she has and risks her life for love by whisking him away to Hawaii for a chance to experience life as she has never known it. Truly romantic, right? Right.....unless you do what Yoon does and turn this into just another typical YA romance where an unlikely ending ensures that everything magically falls into place.
In all honestly, I just about threw the book down and stopped reading the exact moment (page 263) I realized what direction this was taking but I persisted and I am glad I did. Overall, I thought it was sweet story and I truly did route for Madeline and Oliver, and like all hopeless romantics, I am glad for them, but the ending really did lower the value of the story.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. It has diverse and smart characters. I was impressed that Yoon managed to make Madeline such a well rounded character considering how small her world is. Madeline is funny, interesting and curious. The reason I tend to avoid Young Adult fiction is that the characters never sound like teenagers or at least not the teenager I used to be or the teenagers I know now. They often become pretentious mouthpieces for their older authors. In Everything Everything Olly and Maddy are realistic portrayals of teenagers. They are learning and discovering more and more about their world and themselves in that inelegant manner characteristic of the average teenager.
I did feel that the twist was predictable right from the beginning and that after it had been revealed the ending was rushed so I was not completely satisfied with the conclusion. Overall, Everything Everything is an easy and hopeful read that reminds you to make the most of the life you've been given and to go after your heart's desires with abandon.
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