Book Review | Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon Book Cover Review

[I received a copy of this book from its Canadian publisher Penguin Random House Canada. This does not affect my opinion of the novel.]

“Love is worth everything. Everything.”

I first heard about Everything, Everything at the wonderful #RHC Blogger Preview the ladies at Random House Canada hosted back in February. Everyone was super excited about it, and I couldn’t wait to read it! So, was Everything, Everything like the title suggests?

Everything, Everything is the story of Madeline Whittier, who has been confined to her house her whole life due to a sickness that makes her allergic to the outside world. She lives a sterile life inside her house with only her mom and her carer Carla to interact with. Then, one day, a new family moves in to the house next door. Suddenly, Maddy is tempted to risk everything, everything…

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s a quick read, the story is captivating (in fact, I read the whole book in only a few sittings), and it features illustrations that Yoon’s husband created (so cute!). It was a lot of fun, if you can call it that, getting to know Maddy and learning more about her situation as the book went on. I can hardly imagine not being able to go outside for something as simple as fresh air. Her friendship with the boy next door was exciting and dangerous and it reminded me how falling in like was like as a teenager (rare disease excepted).

That being said, it has been a few months since I read the book, and besides remembering all of the excitement I had for the first half of the book, I also started rethinking how I felt about the second half. It’s really hard to talk about it without revealing any essential information, but it did end up being quite unrealistic and over-dramatic, if I can say that. (Although, one could argue that the premise is unrealistic to begin with.) When I was reading the book I was completely swept away by it, and I guess what I’m trying to say is that after thinking about the book for a few months, I wish that there was more of a resolution at the end. I’m sure this paragraph has been terrible to read as I’m kind of beating around the bush, but I’d love to talk to anyone who’s finished the book already!

Verdict: I’d recommend this book if you’re looking for a quick teen read with a unique plot (and adorable illustrations), but be prepared that the second half (while incredibly fascinating) may not be as strong as the first half.

Read if: You’re looking for a quick read to get you out of a slump, are intrigued by how someone might live without ever going outside, want to read something created by a husband and wife team!

6 thoughts on “Book Review | Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

  1. Naomi says:

    I’m curious to know if the ailment that keeps her inside all the time is something real or imagined? Imagined or real, I’m hoping my daughter will like this one. Having to always stay inside is crazy to think about.

  2. The Paperback Princess says:

    The story as you’ve told it kind of reminds me of If I Fall, If I Die. Started out promising but in the end was insane. Not necessarily in a good way. I might skip this one even though I’m curious about the illustrations!

    • Karen says:

      Yes; the whole having to stay inside thing made me think of it too! I actually enjoyed the craziness that was the If I Fall, If I Die ending, so who knows! The illustrations are pretty adorable. (They kind of give parts of the book a scrapbook vibe?)

  3. ebookclassics says:

    Everybody is so excited about this book, but you seem to share the opinion of others that the story falls flat. I will still probably read it because the story sounds so interesting.

    • Karen says:

      I want to read some more reviews of this for sure! I really really loved it when I initially finished it, but I think the magic wore off a bit after a few months. I’d definitely encourage you to give it a try though!

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