Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


Everything, Everything
Title : Everything, Everything
Author :
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ISBN : 0553496646
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 307

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.


Everything, Everything Reviews


  • Cait • A Page with a View

    I was super excited when I read the description and heard the hype, but this story ended up being one of the worst things I ve ever read I m in a very similar bubble girl situation as the main character, who has to stay in her house because going outside would kill her But, view spoiler she actually doesn t have any condition It s all a mistake her life is a lie hide spoiler The cop out ending combined with the tagline of the greatest risk is not taking one felt like such a dismiss I was super excited when I read the description and heard the hype, but this story ended up being one of the worst things I ve ever read I m in a very similar bubble girl situation as the main character, who has to stay in her house because going outside would kill her But, view spoiler she actually doesn t have any condition It s all a mistake her life is a lie hide spoiler The cop out ending combined with the tagline of the greatest risk is not taking one felt like such a dismissal or slap in the face.For those of us who are in her situation allergic to the world at large, the greatest risk is taking one, IS in every single ordinary thing like breathing or eating I get that the poor depiction of the illness ties into the eventual plot twist, but I wish that the book description and story didn t revolve so heavily around it then How is exploiting a serious health condition for the sake of some poorly developed YA romance remotely ok Market this book as Munchausen by proxy syndrome then I m aware that the condition was not intended to be portrayed correctly in this book, but the author still trivialized the whole situation to seem like some fear driven hypochondriac thing so just let me rant for a second The lack of authenticity in the girl s daily life while she believed she was sick was just insulting she was able to eat countless foods And I don t care how great the air lock is on the door if her mom goes in and out of the house in the same clothing, that defeats the entire purpose My poor parents spend at least 15 minutes daily changing their clothes and scrubbing down I know this ignorance is probably meant to be a reflection that the girl is actually fine instead of a matter of the author not caring enough to do basic research but that s still a weak plot then Because how is the mother a doctor if she doesn t know something so basic This just felt like flagrantly irresponsible rep in the end with the way the book was marketed Yes, I do understand that the illness was not the point of the story, but that s kind of what s even frustrating People in my situation are largely cast aside by the medical system society at large and left without a voice That feeling like nobody cares and we don t matter is just reinforced here I m getting a lot of messages saying that this story wasn t about her illness so that poor depiction shouldn t matter because it was about her romance or self discovery or whatever The mindset this book encourages is problematic because by supporting it and excusing such a central part of the story, you re saying who cares about that illness And that s what I m hearing from readers who are championing this story as well the illness is just something for her character to get past, not the actual story It doesn t matter if it s realistic I m not sure if I can adequately explain how it feels to think that your situation is actually visible for the first time, but then realize halfway through the book that others see you as like some kind of freak show that s a good plot device for a character to overcome so then she can actually start to live.The end message of the story is that your life is worth risking for the sake of being normal and the disability is something to wish away It also implies that someone like me is not really living Everything s a risk Not doing anything s a risk It s up to you. That is such a completely privileged stance that it s beyond infuriating Not everyone has that freedom of choice and not doing anything is nowhere near the same risk as endangering your life Trust me, I m not sitting in my house for years on end because I lack initiative I have worked SO hard to create a meaningful life without ever leaving this same small room for years or seeing another human besides my parents or sister Books like this or Me Before You used to make me question if my life was less valid or meaningful but now I m just over this crap I m definitely not judging anyone who chooses to read this book and enjoy it This is just my own personal reaction to the story Please don t tell me to try reading the story again with a different mindset so I can learn to like it I don t We can have different opinions both are valid The diversity aspect of this story was awesome, but that doesn t really change the ableism So here are a few other books coming out soon with diverse characters When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Radio Silence by Alice Oseman That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik The Gentleman s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee Saints and Misfits by S.K Ali

  • Emily May

    This is a book I expected to LOVE.It s a book many of my GR friends have loved.It s a book I was kind of liking until the thing happensthe thing that just cheapens the entire story.I have been dying to read Everything, Everything The reviews were all positive, it received a Kirkus star, it sounded so different all these reasons added up to one of my most anticipated reads of the year And it started quite beautifully written with diverse characters, including an Afro Asian narrator c This is a book I expected to LOVE.It s a book many of my GR friends have loved.It s a book I was kind of liking until the thing happensthe thing that just cheapens the entire story.I have been dying to read Everything, Everything The reviews were all positive, it received a Kirkus star, it sounded so different all these reasons added up to one of my most anticipated reads of the year And it started quite beautifully written with diverse characters, including an Afro Asian narrator called Madeline Madeline s condition aside being allergic to the entire world outside her sterile home it quickly became evident that the book wasn t as unique as I d anticipated It follows in the footsteps of the great doomed love cheesefest of our time The Fault in Our Stars and other clones like All the Bright Places.Unlike the aforementioned two, though, I found myself enjoying this book It was cheesy than sweet, in my opinion, but I still enjoyed the emphasis on the human need for I thought Madeline was incredibly selfish at times, but this offered complexity to her character and her yearning was palpable For the first time in a long time, I want than I have Wanting just leads to wanting There s no end to desire I did get a whiff of instalove It s like Madeline first sets her eyes on Olly and her whole concept of the world changes But I did like the build of their relationship after this, through miming at the window, chatting online and sharing poems, jokes and philosophical musings with one another Even if Olly is a classic manic pixie dream boy who exists only to make Madeline want .And then the thing The twist that turns a story about an unusual, impossible relationship into JUST ANOTHER YA ROMANCE If you don t care about being spoiled view spoiler Madeline discovers that it s all a lie She isn t actually sick and her mother essentially made it up to protect her and keep her in the house after her dad and brother died her mother isn t evil, just mentally ill.But it s so cheap because the author has built up this romance around the concept of one person having an illness that doesn t allow them to leave the house an interesting idea and then once they re all lurved up, she smashes the concept with a hammer and it crumbles into a story about two relatively normal teens in love I thought we were doomed but YAY, now we can be together It was the laziest way to tag a happy ending onto the novel.Not only this, but how the hell did her mom get away with it for 18 years Are we seriously supposed to believe that no one questioned it Her mom is a doctor, but seriously wtf She never had an official diagnosis Did she never see any other doctors This is set in California where I m pretty sure they don t just let parents lock their kids in the house without some seriously good reason hide spoiler It wasn t a great book before, but I was enjoying it The ending, however, ruined the entire thing.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store

  • Kat O&

    Really impressed with this one Cute romance, funny dialogue, and the format illustrations made this even fun and unique I also thought this book did a fantastic job at balancing the lightheartedness with the serious stuff Personally, I could ve done with a bit resolution at the end it felt a little rushed, and I would ve liked to linger for a few pages Also, there were some things that didn t quite add up when I stopped to think about them, but I was able to suspend my d Really impressed with this one Cute romance, funny dialogue, and the format illustrations made this even fun and unique I also thought this book did a fantastic job at balancing the lightheartedness with the serious stuff Personally, I could ve done with a bit resolution at the end it felt a little rushed, and I would ve liked to linger for a few pages Also, there were some things that didn t quite add up when I stopped to think about them, but I was able to suspend my disbelief and just go with it.Overall, I thought this was a fantastic debut novel Funny and sad and romantic all at once Definitely recommended, especially if you like cute, unique contemporary

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    this became an instant fave beautiful writing, extraordinary story, rich characters full video review to come

  • Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    This book is about a the most special different unique girl half black half Japanese girl in the world who has a super ultra extraordinarily rare disease which nobody can figure out which makes her allergic to everything, therefore she has to stay inside all day, who meets a boy who moves in next door, and it is exactly as boring as it sounds There is such a thing as trying too hard.I feel nothing for our doomed character I don t really care that she could kick the bucket at any moment as she This book is about a the most special different unique girl half black half Japanese girl in the world who has a super ultra extraordinarily rare disease which nobody can figure out which makes her allergic to everything, therefore she has to stay inside all day, who meets a boy who moves in next door, and it is exactly as boring as it sounds There is such a thing as trying too hard.I feel nothing for our doomed character I don t really care that she could kick the bucket at any moment as she randomly develops an allergy to her clothes, her mom, the furniture I don t care about her I don t feel bad for her She is sheltered, dull, emotionally underdeveloped I have no fucks to give about whatever silly ass random hopes and wishes and dreams she has go to Hawaii Whoo That s my dream too Whoop de doo.There are cute little drawings Whoo There are book spoilers the mouse in Flowers for Algernon died, and that book did make me cry in 5th grade.The Cute Boy Next Door tm sends her emails They slowly fall in love The end It is that boring Who gives a fuck In all seriousness, I don t really read contemporary books, and I have criterias for them They re supposed to make me feel for the main character I want to suffer along with them I want to fall in love along with them I want to experience their joy, their pain In a book in which a character is pretty much doomed from the start, I want to live each breath with them like it was their last.This book did nothing for me There s a Bundt cake that commits suicide in the book I felt emotion for that cake than I did for anyone in this book

  • Zoë

    4.5 5I really enjoyed this, especially the last 1 3 of the book It had a unique premise, a great main character, a nice romance, and a great message I recommend to all of you looking for a good quick read, whether you are usually a fan of YA romance or not

  • Emma Giordano

    3 Stars Unfortunately, I was a little let down by Everything Everything I have heard people raving about it since 2015, I ve been dying to read it since 2015 I can t exactly tell if it was just overhyped by others and myself or if the book just all around was not the best for me.The overarching positive thing I have to say about this book is that it was entertaining Although I wasn t 100% satisfied with the story as a whole, I wanted to keep reading It was addicting and amusing, and it wa 3 Stars Unfortunately, I was a little let down by Everything Everything I have heard people raving about it since 2015, I ve been dying to read it since 2015 I can t exactly tell if it was just overhyped by others and myself or if the book just all around was not the best for me.The overarching positive thing I have to say about this book is that it was entertaining Although I wasn t 100% satisfied with the story as a whole, I wanted to keep reading It was addicting and amusing, and it was an enjoyable read Also, we get a main character who is biracial African American Japanese Biracial characters don t always get their own stories in YA, so I was glad to see some positive representation on this front I also really liked Olly and Maddie together I thought they complimented each other well Olly was always looking out for Maddie s best interests and was respectful and attentive to her needs These are the types of love interests we need in YA and I was happy to see them together.That being said, I was irked by quite a lot of this book Firstly, I felt there was way too much of a focus on romance being Maddie s drive to truly live I was very happy that at certain points, Maddie wanted to go outside for herself, to not feel restricted, and to be free I may not agree with some of the risks Maddie took with her perceived condition, but if there was a reason for her to take those risks, a sense of taking control of your life and living for you is what I was glad to see Unfortunately, I felt at a lot of time, that individual desire was overshadowed by a desire for love There are so many points in this book where Maddie relays to Oly that she view spoiler never would have gone outside if it wasn t for him , wanted Olly to have a girlfriend who could do the same things as him etc hide spoiler I felt that there was too much of a focus on the presence of Olly shaping Maddie s decisions, and at times her personal discovery was overshadowed by her love for him I left this book, not with the message that you should live your life to the fullest, but that Maddie was okay with sacrificing her personal health for love, and that s something I m vehemently against Had there been a focus on Maddie accepting she made risky decisions for Olly and that she had a new found desire to make those decisions for herself only, I would have been okay with it But whatever efforts were made to squash the idea that putting yourself at risk is romantic were not strong enough for me to condone those actions This section technically constitutes as spoilers so I ll hide it, but if you ve seen the trailer or know what decisions of Maddie s that I m talking about, you won t be spoiled view spoiler I was somewhat appalled at how little Maddie seemed concerned for her health when she was outside and went to Hawaii Let me be clear that I do not have SCID, I have no experience with SCID or other medical disabilities, so what I m saying here is HELLA IREELEVANT and just my personal interpretation AKA I m not attempting to speak for people with conditions like SCID But I was truly in shock that Maddie did not often make enough comments, even to herself, about the impending risk of getting ill and dying This girl has spent her entire life being told she has a high probability of dying if she goes outside Yet she is in an entirely new environment, swimming in the ocean, in contact with people she has never met, eating new foods, wearing new textiles I just could not understand how this girl could not be nervous 24 7 about getting sick when she has spent her life being told everything she is currently doing will potentially make her sick It honestly took away a huge chunk of the authenticity of the story and felt entirely unrealistic in my opinion, but again, I have no experience with this matter, so maybe my perception is skewed and Maddie had fully reasonable reactions to her new experiences hide spoiler Now we get to the issues with representation and research regarding SCID, which I m not qualified to talk about, but feel it s important to address regardless I am incapable of accurately describing the issues of representation in Everything Everything.I read a review from Disability in Kidlit which wonderfully expressing why this book is harmful to people with disabilities It spoils the ending for those of you that have not read it, but I feel it s an extremely well written review and I d really recommend checking it out I ve heard in passing that Nicola Yoon has addressed the issues in Everything Everything, but I m unable to find any credible sources If she has, that s great because 90% of authors do not do that.Overall, I liked Everything Everything I had fun reading it I liked the characters I enjoyed the story But I had a lot of issues with it, some deeper than I can personally convey I personally prefer The Sun Is Also A Star and I would definitely read from her in the future, but I just don t think Everything Everything lived up to my expectations

  • Kai

    Just because you can t experience everything doesn t mean you shouldn t experience anything This was a combination of We Were Liars and The Fault In Our Stars What concerns me is the We Were Liars part Let me explain.This is a very dialouge driven novel Thoughtful but simple, cute and maybe a little cheesy There s a whiff of insta love but that isn t what bothered me It s the plot.1 view spoiler Madeline is sick She cannot leave the house Her mother does everything to keep her alive Just because you can t experience everything doesn t mean you shouldn t experience anything This was a combination of We Were Liars and The Fault In Our Stars What concerns me is the We Were Liars part Let me explain.This is a very dialouge driven novel Thoughtful but simple, cute and maybe a little cheesy There s a whiff of insta love but that isn t what bothered me It s the plot.1 view spoiler Madeline is sick She cannot leave the house Her mother does everything to keep her alive and far away from the world, because the Outside would kill her Madeline however decides she wants do die so she can live She leaves the house, runs away with a boy and leaves her mother a suicide note God that was a bitch move It made me so angry Madeline acted like such a brat, and I hated her for it hide spoiler 2 view spoiler The twist Turns out Madeline never was sick, her mother needs a therapist, and her whole life was a lieand I still don t know what to think about it I didn t like it and I didn t hate it It just made everything seem so pointless hide spoiler There s one quote that I want to talk about, because it keeps nagging me even two weeks after finishing this Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love I call that bullshit Honestly it annoyed me so much That s a pretty depressing world view Every teenager should scratch that out of their head Now imagine you re an adult, you have a child and you re so incredibly proud of it You watch it grow up, learn things, achieve goals, make decisions You think your parents are disappointed when they look at you Nuh uh, I guess they ll be looking at you thinking Look at that precious little human we created Look at how bravely he she they just went to the grocery store and bought bread rolls or something along these lines.I m sure I ll pick up Nicola Yoon s other works I enjoyed her writing and her characters, and I hope she ll keep surprising me Just in a pleasant way.Find of my books on Instagram

  • Wendy Darling

    4.5 stars Pretty damned close to perfect And this one is going to make a lot of top 10 lists this year, including mine Review to come.

  • Lola  Reviewer

    I can see how this book might be offensive to some people if you ve read it, you know exactly what I m talking about , but the author absolutely didn t mean it to be and it is just fiction Plus, if we want to be mad at someone, we should be mad at a specific character Just sayin When I first saw this book and read its synopsis, I mentally took a step back Hey, didn t I read this one already A big d j vu moment occurred I, of course, was thinking of Magonia, which features a characte I can see how this book might be offensive to some people if you ve read it, you know exactly what I m talking about , but the author absolutely didn t mean it to be and it is just fiction Plus, if we want to be mad at someone, we should be mad at a specific character Just sayin When I first saw this book and read its synopsis, I mentally took a step back Hey, didn t I read this one already A big d j vu moment occurred I, of course, was thinking of Magonia, which features a character with a similar disease Except, in Magonia, the heroine is slowly dying but able to wander outside, whereas Maddy can t leave her own house As long as she doesn t and isn t exposed to the outside world, everything inside her functions normally That being said, Magonia and Everything, Everything are two completely different novels that are worth the read.In fact, it reads so, so well I started it thinking I would like to finish it sometime this week, but turns out I read it in less than three hours and I m a slow reader Incidentally, uni is kicking my ass b c of that I m not gonna go ahead and say that the romance is a never seen before one, because let s face it It s the usual boy next door story, but with a twist, seeing that the girl can t leave her house I SO love that the heroine is Black and the love interest White Interracial romances happen ALL THE TIME, and yet, they aren t as frequent in books and movies and I m even going to go as far as to say songs The writing is mesmerizing TRY to resist it And hey, there are cute little pictures How often do you see those in YA Try never I have to watch the movie now Do not disappoint meBlog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin