5/5 Everything Stars
On The Back:
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.
Madeline has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) which means that she is literally allergic to anything and everything but she meets a boy named Olly, a guy who changes everything.
Olly is a guy who only wears black. He comes from a very different background than Madeline and perhaps it’s that fact that brings them together. Olly makes Madeline feel alive, around him she’s not only a sick girl, she’s a normal human being. She is alive.
With Olly Madeline is a person, and with Olly Madeline can do almost anything. Madeline is alive.
Everything, Everything was simply an astounding book, it is equal parts hilarious and serious, and it will stick with me for awhile.
The characters were extremely vivid and I could clearly see the setting. I loved the depth of the characters; it seemed like each character had 100 layers that were beautifully put together, and each character surprised you as each layer was peeled away.
I loved the pains the author went to to accurately describe the setting of a house for a person living with SCID, from the fake jungle to the air-lock it added a sort of science fiction, detached feel to Madeline’s house that made the book all the more astounding.
The plot twist in the end was amazing. I didn’t see it coming and when it did come I was shocked; I’m still shocked.
Overall this was a wonderful book that I will probably buy and add to my bookshelf to reread over and over again. If this book is any hint as to Nicola Yoon’s talent, then we’ll see this book and every other book she writes rocket to the top of the YA world.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley*