Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Read By: Bahni Turpin with Robbie Daymond
Length: 6 hours and 44 minutes
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.
I think that readers will fall into three categories when it comes to this book. (Keeping reading, I’ll explain.)
Category One: Focus on the medical.
Category Two: Focus on the love story.
Category Three: Try to focus on both the medical and the love story and feel super conflicted about how you truly feel about everything, because the love is so cute and awesome, but the medical is just … rage.
I’m giving this book 3 stars because I consider myself a Category Three. Now, to explain myself (or try to, hah). Please secure your goggles and oxygen mask, as we dive a little deeper… (I apologize for how lame that was). Let’s move on and forget that happened.
I ship Maddy and Olly, there is no doubt about it. I adore both of them as individual characters. I appreciated Maddy’s love of reading, her hilarious spoiler book reviews, and her overall personality. I feel that she is relatable as a character in how she communicates and thinks, and again … her spoiler book reviews made me laugh so hard. As for Olly, he came off as such a genuine character. With a difficult home life, he did not let that spoil who he was as a person, and seemed to do a very good job of separating himself from that drama. I liked that he was not the typical YA love interest (he wasn’t the captain of some sports team, or wasn’t a total rebel without a cause), that made him more real to me. The two of them together? Magical. I loved how they interacted with one another. I loved that they did not let things stand in the way of their getting to know one another, and that they made it work. Most of all, I loved who they became when they were together. They brought out the best in each other in the cutest way, and they were each saving the other from something going on in their life – they were each other’s escape, and it was adorable!
(I’m truly not trying to make light of the whole medical situation with that GIF, I just wanted to try to lighten the mood a bit before I rant, and well… I love puppies)
While I do not think that it was the intention of the author, I truly feel that this book took a serious medical situation and turned it into … something silly, something fabricated, something not so serious? I just don’t like how it was handled. It’s kind of hard to talk about this portion and my thoughts without giving anything away in the book, but I think overall I just was not pleased (and frankly, was pissed off) about how the medical situation was handled. I mean, let’s be honest. The main reason that a lot (probably not all, but a freaking TON, I bet) of people picked up this book was because of the medical topic that it covered! It is not one that is overdone in YA (if ever done at all before), it is something unique, and provided readers a chance to read a story about a subset of the human race dealing with a seriously heartbreaking medical diagnosis. There was SO MUCH POTENTIAL, SO MUCH OPPORTUNITY, and it was basically just thrown down the shitter.
OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS
- I listened to the audiobook version of this, so I’d be interested to see it in print, but I enjoyed the different variations of writing that occurred in this.
- Overall, I do feel like this book provided a good lesson to not forget to live life, and try to live with no regrets. It’s no good to live life cautiously, because that isn’t really living. Despite my issues with the story, this was a key takeaway for me.
MY CONCLUDING THOUGHT
This was a very fast read. I loved Nicola Yoon’s writing, and I fell in love with her characters, and was mostly in love with the story until the whole down the shitter stuff happened. Do I think the book is worth a read? Yes, I do. Do I wish it was done a little better? Yup, I do. Will I be checking out Nicola Yoon’s other book, The Sun is also a Star, of-freaking-course.
What category do you fall into?