Hello, hello! I've been wanting to read this book since before I even knew what it was about. Yes -sometimes I do judge books by their cover OK...? Just take a moment to appreciate this beauty. Honestly. Who wouldn't just go the first book shop they find just to get this piece of art? :P
Everything, Everything is a young adult, contemporary, stand-alone novel written by Nicola Yoon. It is about an 18-year-old girl named Maddy who suffers from SCID or "bubble baby disease" - which basically means she is "allergic to the world" and so she can't leave the safety of her house, with its air filtres and constant check-ups. In fact, she hasn't done so in the past 17 years. One day, a new family comes to live next door. Through her window, she meets Olly, who keeps trying to make contact with her. And so they become online friends.
That is something I really liked about this book -it's real. The characters feel real, the story feels real. It's like almost nothing falls out of place until it has to.
Something I didn't quite like is that at the beginning of the book the relationship between Maddy and Olly seems as if it was between two kids, when they actually are almost adults. I found that was OK for Maddy given her situation, but not for Olly, who seems to be a really outgoing guy. This changes with the development of the story, though.
The writing is really good, and there are some illustrations accompanying the text (drawn by the author's husband - David Yoon). Also, some parts of the novel are written in email, text, or "handwritten" note form, which I think is really cool. Also, something that caught my attention is that the chapters are very short - some are made of barely two sentences. Something different :)
I was expecting to LOVE this book because I'd heard wonders of it, but instead I just really liked it. It is a very good book, very nicely covering an unusual and hard topic. I just would have liked to get to know Olly a bit more, and the ending didn't fully satisfy me -I've got some questions unanswered! Regardless, I really enjoyed reading this book. I really recommend it!
Let me know what you thought of it if you've read it, or if you're planning to!
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