Book Review: Everything, Everything

There’s something about these slice of life books that engulf me from start to finish. It happened with Me Before You and now, Everything, Everything proved to be another novel that saw me read it from cover to cover in less than a week. After a long conversation with a friend, he sent me a link to the trailer for this book and told me that I had to read it. Truth be told, the trailer was brilliant and before I knew it, I was engulfed in Maddy’s illness.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Everything, Everything centers around Madeline Whittier, an 18 year old girl who suffers from what is known as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). Her disease is so severe that she cannot leave her house or interact with anything or anyone for fear that it may compromise her immune system further leading to her death. Her mother is a doctor, and together with a nurse Carla, they look after Maddy inside a house sealed off from the rest of the world. Everything is going fine until Olly moves in next door.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicola Yoon was born in Jamaica and now lives in Los Angeles. She is a natural born writer who loves wine, cheese and kimchi. Everything, Everything was her first novel and made it to the number 1 position on The New York Times bestsellers. It stayed there for 9 months.

 

AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

Excerpt 1:

“Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.”

 

Excerpt 2:

“I was trying so hard to find the single pivotal moment that set my life on its path. The moment that answered the question, ‘How did I get here?’ But it’s never just one moment. It’s a series of them. And your life can branch out from each one in a thousand different ways. Maybe there’s a version of your life for all the choices you make and all the choices you don’t.” 

 

MY VIEWS

First let me start by saying that I’m a sucker for the slice of life genera’s and Everything, Everything was just that. Perhaps it’s a little predictable that Maddy and Olly are going to fall in love but Maddy is sick and she will die if she leaves the house. Maddy wants to live not just survive in what seems like a glass fishbowl after she has her first encounter with Olly. It’s a definite page turner that left me with some serious nagging suspicions half-way through the book and wanting more at the end. Just like with Me Before You, the ending felt so abrupt and I wasn’t ready to stop reading.

 

MY RATING

3/5

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Everything, Everything

  1. Yes I have and I absolutely loved it! Left me feeling in a similar way! The movie was brilliant too xx

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