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Everything, Everything exactly reflects its title. You MUST read this book now!

Book Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Title & Author: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Random House

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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. ”

Beautiful & Effortless

Some books take a lot of concentration and thought to parse out, gather meaning and process. Then, there are books like Everything, Everything, whose prose are as smooth as butter.

I glided across the pages with the effortless descriptions and insights from a girl I instantly wanted to be friends with.

Even though Madeline can’t leave the house (her disease renders the outdoors deadly), she’s well-read and has the most relatable insights. My favorite quirk about her is this mini book review she does called “Life is Too Short” where Madeline basically reveals the book’s main point in spoiler form. It’s fantastic.

You might think someone bound to their house would be odd or out of touch, but Madeline has this innocence about her that makes her interesting and sweet. As the story progresses, it’s like seeing a part of yourself in Madeline.

What makes this book so utterly moving is the slow progression to a quiet existence to an awakening of life and desire and wants. It’s such a basic human experience to discover that the world is this huge place with excitement and sadness and joy that you want it all…and that some things might be out of reach.

I really don’t want to say too much about this book because as untouched an experience you can have reading it, the better.

If you want more details, click this secret open-y thing below. It’s not spoilery BUT, it does give information….this is hard to explain. If you like to go into a book totally blind, then DON’T READ THIS.

Book Details You May Not Want to Know

Book Details You May Not Want to Know

So, there’s a big reveal about three-fourths into the book. At first, it’s jarring, and I really wished there had been more time to process it, BUT upon further reflection, I think the author balanced things very well and didn’t end things with everything perfectly together (like life). Still, my heart hurt for a good bit.


I genuinely think this book is meant for everyone. Sometimes caveats are needed like, “for readers who like xyz thing.” But not here. This is a story whose words hit home and remind readers of that feeling of being young and realizing your desire and hope have no limits. Everything, Everything is beautifully executed with language and take-aways you’ll want to save for later – do NOT miss this incredible YA contemporary!!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • PL Jones

    I’ve been looking for a good YA book to read next and I think this might be it! : )