By: L. Maksoud
“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.
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 finished reading this book in 4 hours, it’s that sort of book that you can’t put down (not an overstatement). Madeline and Olly’s love story warms anyone’s heart, and Madeline’s story alone can make you feel so much. If you’ve read The Fault in Our Stars, and liked it, then this book is a must.
The author manages to create a character so alive and real that you’ll feel whatever emotion she is feeling, from awkwardness, to isolation, to total love for Olly. Along with the beautiful writing, Yoon scatters around the book a series of minimalistic drawings made by her husband to help you submerge even more into the “bubble baby disease” world of the main character.
“I can see the beginning and end of time. I can see infinity from there. For the first time in a long time, I want more than I have.” - Excerpt of Everything Everything, By Nicola Yoon
The most amazing part of reading a book like this is seeing such a lighthearted, witty, humorous, bi-racial, lead character in a YA novel. It’s a book that I recommend reading. One, for its shocking twist in the end that you won’t see coming at all. Most books that tell the story of a terminally ill character usually end in a similar way. But this book is unprecedented. Expect lots of smiles playing along your lips. Secondly, it shows you that it isn't wrong to want more than you have, but also that you should do whatever you can with what you got.
The book is also to be adapted into movie! You can watch the trailer by following the link: