Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”

Synopsis: 

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.

My Thoughts:

This was a really sweet read. It brought me back to those first love stories where the hero/heroine are both awkward and sweet and blushing and learning their way through this new relationship.

This book is about a girl, Maddy, who is allergic to the world and is content with her life at home with her brand new books, Skype tutors, and game nights with her mom. Then this boy, Olly, moves in next door and changes her outlook on life and what it means to be a part of the world. It starts out with staring out windows and ends with an epic adventure that leads Maddy and Olly down a path that can’t be forgotten. It’s about a grieving mother and understanding nurse and a girl trying to discover what the world is all about.

I loved Olly and Maddy’s relationship and how it grew over time. I loved the risks that Maddy realized she needed to take in order to live a life where she feels alive. I was heartbroken throughout this book about Maddy’s situation and Olly’s background. I was most heartbroken by the mother’s grief and control that she needed to have in her daughter’s life.

This was a very easy read and I loved how the book was written. It wasn’t just written, it had illustrations and handwritten notes and funny drawings. It was very unique, especially in a contemporary read. I was happy with this book and the ending. I thought it was super cute and sweet and I loved it.

Overall Rating: ★★★/★★★★★

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