Nicola Yoon’s EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING is simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking, and is the perfect reminder that risks are worth taking.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Book Summary from Amazon:

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

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.

I love books that are told in different formats, such as diary entries and texts, so I knew right away that EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING could end up becoming one of my favorite books. And it did.

It took less than a day for me to get through this book, and that’s not because of a lack of content or anything like that. I simply couldn’t stop reading. I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen, and if things between Olly and the main character, Madeline, were going to work out.

Madeline is allergic to the world, and lives in a sterile house that doesn’t see many visitors at all. Only her mom and nurse are near-constant fixtures in her life.

Then Olly comes into Madeline’s life like an explosion of energy, wearing nothing but black. Madeline is quick to notice this boy who runs up walls and jumps onto his roof like it’s what he was born to do.

There’s no way the two of them could ever work. Yet despite it all, they fall in love. But, of course, it’s hard to make the most of being in love when you can’t even step foot outside your own house.

Nicola Yoon expertly weaves a tale that will make you laugh and cry, and make your heart fill with love and happiness just before it aches for Maddy and Olly. The illustrations drawn by Yoon’s husband add even more beauty and depth to the story.

The twists are ones you probably won’t see coming, but even if you do, they’re beyond satisfying. EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING is easily one of the most beautiful, inspiring, and heartfelt books I’ve ever read.

I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially those who need a reminder that even the biggest risks are worth taking.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

DISCLAIMER: I received a digital ARC of EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.