Saturday, December 5, 2015

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything                                
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publication: September 1st 2015, Delacorte Books For Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages              
Source: Pinoy Book Tours (Thank you Dianne of Oops I Read A Book Again         

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.

Misfit Review:

When I first heard of this book, from a friend, I went, "Huh, I think that would be quite the incredible book." And it is folks. It is.

Everything, Everything is the story of a young girl, Maddie, who has been diagnosed with the Bubble Baby Disease, in which everything around her might do her damage, even cause her death.But she is curious about the world, and her only connection to it are her huge collection of books and the internet. Then one day a mysterious boy named Olly moves next door and leaves off an interesting vibe. Maddie wants to be friends with him, but her Mom won't allow anyone near her, except for her nurse Carla, a tutor, and of course her mother. She finds herself constantly looking at Olly then out of nowhere, they end up talking and as if an incessant whirlwind of feelings started brewing, they fall in love. But someone with her disease is troublesome, Maddie knows that. And with her overprotective mother, to learn about the world, and to find more about the boy she loves, Maddie has to take risks.

Can I just say that this book is my everything, everything? It was presented with such simple elegance and is quite straightforward, even with the hinted secrets whirling around in the background. Maddie is a character that I really liked. She has her hesitations, which definitely makes her flawed, in many ways, and she still hasn't developed her own way of making decisions for herself, showing that even at 16, her mother hasn't really given her the chance to be slowly independent, even in her case. But throughout the book, I saw such character progress in her, that it's somehow a bit too scary, seeing as how love can fuel such rash decisions, but at the same time, it allowed her to be headstrong. And can I say I love that she's a woman of color? #BLESS!

Olly is lovely. He is quiet, mysterious but has lots of wit, and please, he's good at Math! I can't do Math, so he's perfect! I love that he's also poetic and caring and frustrated too. I also love that he's kinda strayed away from the typical flow-y, gorgeous hair that most YA guys have. Of course, I'm not complaining, but it's definitely refreshing!

What's refreshing are the sweet, adorable illustrations drawn by Nicola's husband. They are definitely too adorable for this world. It just added so much charm to the already page-turning book. I also thought that at 320 pages, it'd be too much, but the chapters are pretty short and some of them are purely illustrations, which makes Everything, Everything a light read that packs a punch to the heart. It hurts, but it's the good kind. There there your poor, sweet hearts. *passes on first aid kit* And you'd definitely be quite in for a surprise as well. It's kind of overwhelming but it would definitely make sense, so for those who have not read it, then be prepared.

For a debut novel, Nicola Yoon did an amazing job, and with such a lovely story and an incredibly gorgeous book cover, won so many hearts and I cannot wait anymore for her next novel! Hoping for more whimsy, honest writing and some charming illustrations.

Everything, Everything, as I've said, is my everything, everything. Go and read it now coz you won't regret it.

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. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

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