August 24, 2015

ARC Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (Sept. 1. 2015)
320 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: I snagged an ARC at ALA Midwinter. This didn't affect my honest review. Thanks Delacorte!
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

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 Review

I love everything about this book. Everything Everything is a wonderfully written heartfelt young adult novel. It touches on romance, family, sickness, and what it means to live.

I am sure that just like me, that even without my review or reading the synopsis, that this beautiful cover has grabbed your attention all on its own. I honestly don't think I have seen a more fitting cover for a young adult book. It is perfection. This is one of those times you should judge a book by its cover, because the inside is just as beautiful as the outside. 

Everything Everything is one of the more unique young adult books that I have come across lately. This isn't your average YA romance or coming of age story, yet it is those things but it's also more. It is about a newly turned 18-year-old girl named Maddy and the obstacles she must overcome to be able to actually live, not just be alive, but live. Maddy has known no one but Carla, her nurse, and her Mom her whole life, but everything changes when a new strange family moves in across the street. Maddy is a sad, yet strong willed, and very lovable main character. She is one you will want to meet. As for the new mysterious boy across the street, you will probably like meeting him as well. He is as unique and interesting as everything else in this novel.

You will find surprises, light, darkness, loveable characters, and a wonderful message when you read Everything Everything. I say when because I know If the cover or synopsis hasn't convinced you to read this book yet that I have. Everything Everything is unique and different. It's adorable and sad. One of its unique qualities and one of my favorite parts is getting to see Maddy's little doodles, journal entries, emails and other random items she keeps track of in her life. I love when things like that are included in a story. 

Everything Everything is a book that shouldn't be missed. There is nothing not to love about this one. Go forth and read it!


  1. Omg I just stumbled upon your blog when looking through my feed and love the design. Think it's super cute! I read this book too and didn't know what to think of it. I liked the ending and the huge twist at the end but the plot itself didn't seem promising and I kind of felt there was some instalove between the two characters. It's like she was just 'in love' with him because he was convenient and next door. It didn't make me feel in the element of love, if ya know what I mean :D The ending and twists did surprise me however and I loved all the little handwritten notes and illustrations! Can't wait for more people to read this :D

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

    1. Thanks so much Alex! This was a very interesting book with a lot of great elements. I can see why you felt the little bit of insta-love now that you mention it. I can't wait to see other people's reactions as well. :D

  2. This sounds really touching and filled with YA goodness. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Kay! I've been reading some great comments and I am very curious :)

    1. Get more curious and go forth and read it. ;)

  3. YESSSSS I love this review so much! Not just because I agree with you 100% but because you definitely did this book justice! it is so wonderful and everyone needs to read it!


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