BONUS BOOK: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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“I want to tell him that it’s his fault that I’m out here. That love opens you up to the world. I was happy before I met him. But I am alive now, and those are not the same thing.”

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Book Jacket Synopsis: “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.”

Review: Firstly, Everything, Everything is hands down the winner of prettiest book cover that I’ve seen this year. I’ve definitely spent at least 15 minutes just looking at the cover. It’s made even more endearing when you learn that Nicola Yoon’s husband did the cover and book illustrations. Cover aside, however, there’s a lot to love about Nicola Yoon’s first novel. For example, Everything, Everything is so much more than a simple story. The pages are not only filled with prose, but also with drawings, dictionary definitions, medical reports, and emails.

“Madeline’s Dictionary

promise (ˈpräməs) n. pl. -es.

1. The lie you want to keep. [2015, Whittier]”

I think many books don’t succeed when they take a multi-media approach to storytelling, but in the case of Everything, Everything it was a huge success. There is also a really, really great twist at the end of the novel that I didn’t see coming. Cons of the book were that the Maddy/Olly love felt a bit too “instalove” and that the repercussions of the aforementioned twist are not delved into enough. But I give Everything, Everything four out of five stars because in spite of the things it isn’t, it is still a really original novel.

Rating:

Four_Star

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