Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Random House Children’s/Delacorte (Sept. 1, 2015)
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5
* I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. *
My Thoughts: This is a novel about the love, plain and simple. Love for family, love for friends, romantic love, and loving yourself. Madeline has a rare disease that prevents her from leaving her house, and she’s been content so far in life with only her mother, nurse, and books as company.
Told through a series of instant messages, book reviews, and Madeline’s narration, Everything, Everything explores what happens when she finds a reason to live outside her safe home. Olly is the opposite of everything she’s ever known, and she’s drawn to him even though she risks her own health to do so. Being alive isn’t enough; she wants to live.
One of the things that I liked most about this novel was that everything was Madeline’s decision. At no time does Olly pressure her to step outside her comfort (or safe) zone. In fact, when Maddie does so, he worries and tries to keep her safe. It’s up to Maddie to take each step towards freedom, love, and life.
Yoon did an amazing job of showing two young people in love. The relationship was so organic and gorgeous; everything from Madeline’s anxiety at falling in love, to her first brush with jealousy, is described beautifully. And Yoon’s husband did an excellent job with the illustrations, which really augment the reading experience. (Also, that cover art, wow!)
I highly recommend this novel to anyone looking for a story about what it means to live and love. Even people who don’t like YA would enjoy this story! (And while I think this is a great novel for people who enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, don’t think that this is just a copy-cat!)
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