Author: Nicola Yoon
Provided Synopsis: 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.
Review: In theory, Everything, Everything should have appealed to me. The premise was unique, as it is about an eighteen year old girl who is allergic to the outside world and is forced to stay inside her home. But the prospect never lived up to what was delivered, and I will tell you why.
First of all, I never connected to Maddy because she did not have any personality for me to touch bases with. To read about her was to become bored, and the introduction of her love interest, Olly, did nothing to help the story because he did not have a personality either and existed as a catalyst to have Maddy finally want more. Instalove is also one of my least favorite things to read about; the book is filled with the two of them IMing each other, miming in windows, and occasional conversations, but it was never enough to ground the relationship to make me feel something. When a romance falls short and is the main motivation to the forward action of the story the end result is not favorable.
Another issue I had with this book — and that I can see readers being divided on — is the ending, and the way it managed to turn things on their heads in a way that diminished everything. Why? Why, why, why did this have to be nothing more than the usual contemporary YA romance already on the market for consumption? Disappointment is the best way I can describe this one.