Review: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

I did it! I finally finished a book that wasn’t for University! I’m so happy about finally finishing a book, that I couldn’t wait to review Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Going into this book, I didn’t really know that much about it. It’s been everywhere lately because of the movie adaptation, so I thought I’d come across spoilers at some point – luckily I didn’t so I was able to read this book without knowing anything. I’m going to keep this spoiler free because I really enjoyed not knowing much about the book, other than the synopsis on the back.

The main thing that I loved about this book was the main character, Maddy. She suffers from a rare illness called SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency) and leaving the house could cause her to have an extreme reaction that could kill her. Being completely isolated from the outside world, I expected Maddy to be angry or selfish – but she was the complete opposite which made it really refreshing to read from her perspective. Throughout the book, I admired Maddy so much because of how strong she is as a character, despite her illness. She’s definitely a character who has made me appreciate the little things after finishing the book!

Everything changes for Maddy when a new family moves in next door and she takes a particular interest in her new neighbour, Olly. Before Olly, she was never really tempted to leave the house but her new friendship with Olly makes her realise how much she is missing out on. Both Olly and Maddy were so relatable as characters and I loved how their contrasting personalities worked so well together and how they helped each other through the difficulties that they both face.

I would say that the only thing I had an issue with in the book, was the insta-love between Maddy and Olly. It’s understandable when you put yourself in Maddy’s situation because her only relationships are with her mother and nurse so she’s never really had any other form of friendship before. The insta-love wasn’t a major issue for me but it was more of the fact that as soon as she saw him, she’d fallen for him.

Everything, Everything is definitely worth picking up because of how eye-opening it is. It’s really easy to get into and probably wouldn’t take that long to read either, but it took me about a week because I was writing essays for University at the same time.

Have you read Everything, Everything? What were your thoughts on the book?

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