Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon
Published September 1st 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 320 pages
Source: ARC from ALA Midwinter Meeting
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 finished this book in a day – definitely not a heavy read despite the description of disease and impending heartbreak. Madeline is allergic to basically everything. Thankfully her mother is a pediatrician and has the money to keep her house as safe as possible. So her home is a haven for her, but still a prison of sorts. I thought Madeline was a great character. She’s happy, she’s smart and feisty even though she’s trapped in her house to stay alive. It was great reading about a biracial heroine as well. Every book nerd loves more book references – I loved how much she reads and how Madeline applied The Little Prince to her life! I would have liked Olly to have been more developed, but I did like him for what he was.
This was a sweet romance (though steamier than I expected for YA!) and I was totally shocked in the end. I loved how Madeline and Olly fell for each over through the window and IM. I won’t say more because the ending should not be spoiled for readers! The less you know going in the better.
This book was made all the richer by the illustrations – and knowing that Nicola Yoon’s husband was the artist made them even cuter I thought! I am 100% in love with the cover – I would punch someone for a tote bag like Katie’s at Bookish Illuminations!
I thought this was a really sweet read – but from another perspective Disability in Kidlit has a really interesting post about whether Madeline’s story is a realistic portrayal of disability (spoiler warning!). This gave me a lot to think about in terms of how disability is written about in YA – this definitely put the ending in a different light for me. I still thought this was a pretty happy book, but that post made me think about how it could have been different or even more inclusive.
Thank you Delacorte Books for Young Readers for this advance copy in exchange for an honest review!