Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Monday, November 23, 2015

I read Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon for Book Club and raced through it. Having not read any YA in what feels like forever, I was ready to be swept away by an impossible romance with two characters who have everything stacked against them.

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone? 

The concept of a teenager not being able to physically leave the confines of her house (albeit a Grand Designs house in a beautiful part of America) and not having any prior experience of the outside world is incredibly strong but after a while the characters become so vivid that they take on the story and leave the concept behind. The writing is simple, at times factual where Maddie writes of her routine and Olly’s schedule as she watches the comings and goings of the residents next door.

Completely told from Maddie’s perspective, her voice was surprisingly mature and developed which was at odds with what I was expecting of someone who has only ever encountered their mother, nurse and tutors after they have gone through a rigorous deep-cleansing routine to rid them of germs from the outside world.

There is a fantastic twist (which I guessed at page five but was still satisfied with). I was left wanting more, and I still want to know what happens next which is always a sign of a good read. Entertaining, romantic and original, I’d read more of Nicola’s work any day.

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