Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publication: September 1st 2015, Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
ISBN: 0553496646 / 9780553496642
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.
“Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.”
Okay. Still debating as to whether group this book to my favorite list or not, because, okay I loved it, but there are parts I really can’t accept.
This book is about a girl named Madeline with a very rare disease that makes her a prisoner of her own house, and the only person she’d known all her life is her nurse, Carla, and her mom. She never knew what outside feels like; never knew how beautiful the world is; never knew what this world can offer and is capable of. All she knows is that she’ll always be inside her house because apparently, she can’t be touched by anything because she’s allergic to everything. And of course, she knows that her life will circulate to the pages of all the books she owned (and love ❤ ), and all she’ll know about the world is based on what her eyes can reach from her windows. Until one day, she saw this boy next door, Olly, who made her think the difference of being alive and being able to live.
I like the book. Okay fine, I love it! I love that it’s fast-paced, and light. Also, a little romance was mixed, so definitely a YES! The characters were unique, even the plot! I was on the edge of my seat when I read “THE BOMB” (the plot twist, I mean) and I was really really shocked. It’s like a punch I didn’t see coming. And it punched me big time. Right in my face. Totally worth reading. I like how strong and weak the characters were portrayed and it’s just so beautiful that I’m still having an Everything-Everything-hang-over.
But but but, what holds me back from listing this book to favorite section is because of Madeline’s mom. I just think that sometimes, parents love their kids too much that they end up doing selfish thing. Sometimes, they thought that what they’re doing is for the good of all, and sometimes they need help too. After all, parents are humans too- bound to commit mistake and get hurt.
*I just can’t get mad at my mom, nor leave her for doing something out of love, but then, I’m not in Madeline’s shoes to say this thing*. Anyway, moms are forever. Like sisters are forever. And brothers. Oops, and dads too! 🙂
This book has taught me a great lesson about life, love and family. I learned that in order to live, we need to take risks. It doesn’t matter who will we meet, what kind of person we’re going to end up to, why things end up the way they did- because all that matter at the end is we did what we have to because at one point in our life, it’s exactly what we want though we don’t know what the results will be.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. She believes in love and kind of a hopeless romantic. She likes to sing but she doesn’t have a good voice (based on what she claims). Everything, Everything is her first novel. And to know her more, visit her website.