Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Posted May 26, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments

Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonTitle: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

Publishing Information: 9/1/15 by Delacourte Books

Source: received free ARC at TLA

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Nicola Yoon’s first novel tells the story of a girl who is literally allergic to the outside world. Maddy has a rare disease, SCID or Bubble Boy disease. It means that her immune system doesn’t work the way it should and any small germ can make her seriously ill. A new family moves in next door and Maddy’s entire world changes. She begins a complicated and often wordless friendship with Olly, the boy next door. This book has  diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

I loved this book and I can’t say enough good things about it. It sucked me in right from the beginning. I actually read it all in one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know what happened next.

I found the characters to be both likable and believable. When the book opens, Maddy is happy with her life. Its all she’s ever known. She wakes up, chats with her private nurse while doing homework, has her vitals checked every hour like clockwork and never thinks to complain. Then when her mother gets home from work they have dinner together and play a board game before going to bed. Maddy has her mother, her nurse, and her books. Every day in Maddy’s world is exactly the same, until Olly moves in next door.

Maddy and Olly’s relationship was so sweet. It developed slowly over time because at first they couldn’t even talk to each other. I love books that incorporate other formats and this one was no different. It uses email messages, charts, graphs and drawings to enhance the story. Every picture drawn by Maddy and email from Olly makes this story come alive and gives it a much more personal feel. Instead of reading a book, it gives you the feeling that you have a glimpse into Maddy’s personal journal.

This book doesn’t come out until September, but I highly recommend it! Its a great read.

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2 responses to “Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

  1. YAY. A(NOTHER) POSITIVE REVIEW! I feel this one will really suck me in. I recently read Because You’ll Never Meet Me, which if you haven’t read, you MUST. It is fantastic I loved it. Anyway, Everything Everything has reminded me of it since I heard of the two (around December) and I love it. They both have main characters named Olly too!

    I LOVE how you say that Maddy was fine with her life, but then when Olly showed up, she (may seem) less satisfied with it basically.I love that this is going to use different formats, because that’s how Because You’ll Never Meet Me was!

    This book is going on my priority list (again). Great review!

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