Saturday, September 24, 2016

*Review* Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Genre: Contemporary YA
Published: September 1, 2015
Pages: 310


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.


I listened to the audiobook version of this book. Like most audiobooks I've listened to, I felt like the opposite gendered voices seemed like caricatures. They didn't see a lot of use though, so my annoyance was minimal. Additionally, about half the time Olly was "talking" it was through emails and voiced by a male narrator.

This story hooked me, but also made me feel a little bit like I was listening to Me Before You as told through the eyes of Will (if he had wanted to live). The stories are completely different, with completely different medical issues, but the feelings of the stories were similar to me.

I wanted to know what would happen between Madeline and Olly, or if anything would happen. While it's easy to accept her falling for him, it's not quite so easy to accept him falling for her. Under the circumstances in the story, I was able to accept it, but I had to do a fair bit of rationalizing in my head for it.

I was pretty surprised by the ending, although I probably should have seen it coming (and I think a small part of me did, maybe). It did piss me off though.

Overall I give Everything, Everything 4 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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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. You can find her at and on twitter and tumblr @NicolaYoon

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