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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Book Review

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.

Everything, Everything was a pleasant surprise. It’s a relatively quick read, as it tells its story both in narrative form and by different doodles and drawings throughout the book. I immediately liked Madeline’s voice, as she was honest yet vulnerable at all times. Madeline is a diverse character, (she’s asian/ native american) which I liked seeing. 

“I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years.” 

Her condition is something that set her apart from other characters in contemporary novels; she has SCID or “bubble boy syndrome” which means she’s basically allergic to everything, this results in her living in an almost quarantine in her house to prevent getting sick. I’ve never read about this disease before, so I had to research it because it sounded fake, but in fact it does exist. Seeing how she still feels curiosity and a lust for life despite her disease is really inspiring. To see her want to do such normal things like go for a walk, while we do this almost every day, made me realize how privileged we are. I liked how this story made me really think about some things.

When Olly comes into the picture, you immediately know there’s going to be a romance here. Somehow or someway it’s going to happen. The romance between them is so wonderfully adorable. It’s all kinds of cute and innocent yet powerful at the same time. I loved their email interactions! They made the story so much better and I could actually see how their relationship kept progressing! Their chemistry is so cute!

Madeline: I’m not a princess. 
Madeline: And I don’t need rescuing. 
Olly: that’s ok. i’m no prince 

My only issue with this book is that it was predictable. The ending fell flat in comparison with the rest of the book. I was left with questions, and would’ve liked to have them answered. Not to mention that the big plot twist really undermined the rest of the story.

However this book is still all kinds of cute. It’s a short read with powerful emotions. The characters are really likable, the romance is adorable, and the message is wonderful. I recommend this book for a rainy day. :)



  1. cute and predictable can be fun. I dont mind it for an easy read every now and again. I did not know this disease really existed either. I need to look this up wow.

    1. Yes, exactly. If you go in with big expectations you might be let down. But if you go in expecting a simple, yet entertaining read, you'll be happy :)

  2. I agree! I thought that the premise of this book was very unique; actually it was the cover though that completely hooked me. It's so beautiful! However I found the romance to be very cliche and predictable.

    Emily @ Paperback Princess

    1. The cover is beautiful! Sorry you didn't enjoy it that much!

  3. Sorry the ending fell flat but glad you still liked this overall. I like short reads that are packed full of emotion so I might give this one a try.

    1. Yeah the ending fell flat but I still really enjoyed the story. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try!

  4. I love this book! So in love with it that the ending (though I agree with you, whole-heartedly) didn't deter me from fully giving this a high rating. I also thought the twist was predictable.


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