By: Nicola Yoon
Kindle, 354 pages
Source: borrowed from local library
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 really enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. I saw plenty of other reviews that stated this book was overrated, predictable, blah blah blah, so I was a little hesitant to read it. However, I saw the movie was going to be on HBO soon, so I decided I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie.
This is definitely not a book that you should try to read between the lines and try to find a deeper meaning. Take it at face value that it’s a young adult novel about a sick girl who falls in love with her neighbor and you’ll be much happier with the outcome. Is the story predictable? Absolutely, yes, but I don’t feel like this book was ever touted to be a mystery or suspenseful, so WTH are we complaining about! The predictability does not detract from the fact that this book is fantastically written, the story enjoyable and the characters are lovable.
Maddy is strong-willed, intelligent, and confident. Olly is the boy all of us fall in love with in high school – the boy next door, a little bit of a dork and cute as hell. I really enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s format of incorporating Maddy’s drawings, their text messages and emails. It made me feel like I was a part of the story and made the book a much faster read. It was almost like you were getting a glimpse into Maddy’s thoughts. Both characters are witty and little bit sassy so their back & forths were hilarious.
Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.
The ocean will swallow you whole and burp you out and not notice you were even there.
Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.
One thing I’m certain of: Wanting just leads to more wanting. There’s no end to desire.
We can have immortality or the memory of touch. We can’t have both.
And just like that, everything changes.
Nicola Yoon is the #1 NYT bestselling author of Everything, Everything, which is now a major motion picture, and The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor Book and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her family.
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