Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything EverythingTitle: Everything Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: Young Adult/Realistic
Rating: 4 Stars

Maddy has something called SCID, a disease that causes her to be allergic to everything. She hasn’t been out of the house in seventeen years and has read every book you can think of. She thinks life is as perfect as it’s ever going to be. That is until Olly moves next door and she can’t stop studying him through the window and falls irrevocably in love with him. There is a risk to everything, but how does she know it’s going to be a disaster unless she tries?

The thing that caught my attention about this book is Maddy’s disease. It’s hard to imagine living in a house without ever having been on the outside of it. I even enjoyed the love story, but in general I found the story to be more on the superficial side. This may be the point of it: the only interaction she has is with her mom, Carla, and Olly. The mom doesn’t seem to be really there: she’s either at work or obsessing with her daughter by having “sleepovers” and “game nights.” I would have liked to see more interaction with her mom; after all, if they were so close, why didn’t they talk more about every day things and work and school? If her mom was so obsessed with caring about her daughter, why didn’t she have a closer tab on her in some of the situations at the end of the book?

I gave Everything Everything 4 Stars because of the ending. I don’t want to spoil it, but I think it was a great transition from what Maddy thought was real to what the true reality was. Her reaction is genuine and I can see myself having the same reaction if I was in her situation.

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