Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2015
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.
First Sentence: I’ve read many more books than you.
I received a copy of the book from BEA in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
At first, I wasn’t interested in Everything Everything at all because of one main reason: Everything Everything is a packaged book and packaged books and I just don’t click. However, after one of my friends managed to obtain an early copy, all I heard from him was nothing but him raving for the book and how I must get a copy for myself so I can see how good it is. Since I was extremely curious – will Everything Everything be the packaged book that I will finally fall in love with? – I snagged myself a copy at BEA and dove in with high hopes and slightly high expectations. Add the editor’s letter at the front of the book and I was determined to love this book, but, as you know it, that didn’t happen.
I think of Olly, decontamination-cold and waiting for me. He’s the opposite of all these things. He’s not safe. He’s not familiar. He’s in constant motion.
He’s the biggest risk I’ve ever taken. (ARC 69)
I was looking forward to reading the romance in Everything Everything. The way the synopsis of the book worded it – “For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster” – completely captivated my attention even though it was practically screaming LOOK, this book contains insta-love! It turns out my prediction was correct; Everything Everything indeed contained insta-love. I thought I wouldn’t mind since I was well prepared for it and the beginning interactions between Maddy and Olly was oh so cute, but as their relationship grew deeper, I just felt myself growing more bored by it all. I wasn’t sold on Maddy and Olly being together at all, besides the fact that their names matched one another with the double letters and how they both end with a “y.”
Another aspect that attracted me into reading Everything Everything was the fact that the main character suffers from SCID, a disease I’ve never heard nor read anything about yet. Going into Everything Everything, I was very interested in knowing more about the disease, how common it is, and all other aspects about it. To my massive disappointment, no information besides the very, very basic is given about SCID and after reading Everything Everything, I feel more confused than ever: In Everything Everything, it was hinted and implied that Maddy has tasted and eaten bacon before. My question is, people with SCID can eat bacon (bacon is one of the fatty foods to avoid if you have a condition)? What can people with SCID can and can’t eat? Everything Everything doesn’t explore that – or anything else related to SCID – at all and don’t even get me started on the one and only plot twist. Just, ugh.
“Is it always like that?” I ask, breathless.
“No,” he says. “It’s never like that.” I hear the wonder in his voice.
And just like that, everything chances. (ARC 130)
There were also parts of Everything Everything that I just can’t believe in as they don’t happen like that in real life. I can’t say anything more as they are spoilers, but I can say this: Everything Everything forgets that certain technology exist nowadays, creating a gaping plot hole.
The one, okay, two things I did like in Everything Everything was Olly and the illustrations, charts, lists, etc. Olly is extremely cute and creative: his and Maddy’s first/second interaction was beyond adorable and I just can’t help but swoon a bit every time their interaction pops up into my mind. The illustrations, charts, lists, etc. was the fun part about reading Everything Everything and made reading it faster.
Overall, Everything Everything is sadly not the book for me and I honestly don’t get the hype surrounding this book. While other people are giving this one four stars and five stars, I’ll be all alone in my tiny corner baaaa-ing away.