Tuesday, July 17, 2018

ARC Book #Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Book Title: Everything, Everything
Author:  Nicola Yoon |WebsiteTwitterTumblr|
Publisher: Delacorte Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series/Standalone: Stand Alone
Format: Paperback
Cost: $18.99
Pages: 307
How I got it: Book Expo America 2015
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Publication Date: Sept 01, 2015
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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. (
Went into this one with vague ideas of what it was supposed to be about. I've said before that being an adult in certain fields or having had experience in certain fields of study can ruin books for me.  When I heard this was about a girl who was allergic to everything I was slightly nervous about it, because I work in healthcare.  I however needed had been.  It was wonderfully done.

This isn't really about a love story even though it has one, it's about relationships. The relationships between mother and daughter, the friendship between Carla (her nurse) and Maddy( the main protag) and of course the relationship that develops between Maddy and Olly (the new kid next door).  Written as Maddy is learning to come into her own and question things she never questioned before, it takes us on a journey.  Maddy unlike most teens has never had a rebellious phase, she can't it would probably kill her. As Olly and his family settle next door she finds herself fascinated by the broken relationships she can witness and witnessing those changes and the lives happening right outside her window push her to want more.

The story just unfolds from there. I was so invested from the get go, and I couldn't help but wonder (since this is my field) why she wasn't being seen by more specialists, and why her mother was breaking all the rules ( and in some states against the actual law) and practicing on her. I was intrigued and wanted to know more about her family and about so much more. I could totally understand her desire for more.

I was totally absorbed by the story and finished it in one afternoon. I loved the underlying story within the story and even how it all played out.  I did however wonder what would happen to Olly when he discovered the lies and how that might play out in his life forward.  At the end it was all worth it and I loved it.

I highly recommend it.  A great summer read.

I have to support another Jamaican and this is my first read from her. I can't wait to see how she does in her second book The Sun Is Also A Star. This was an amazing read considering it's her debut. Happy Reading my loves, 

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