[552]: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


Everything, Everything / Nicola Yoon

I got this book when I was out of the country visiting family and friends in March. When I came back, I started reading it right away. Three quarters in, I thought I the bright light was beckoning me home. Suffering from jet lag and unable to cope with the time change, my husband rushed me to the hospital.  I was in the emergency from 2 in the morning until lunch the next day. Ever since then, I was not able to go back to this. Until last night.

It’d been close to five months, but it was  as if I never set this book aside. Everything came back in a rush of glorious familiarity. I remember all that I’ve come to love about Maddy and Olly. The pretty prose that felt so natural, so attainable and the writing that was pretty close to flawless. I remember why I fell in love with this book so easily, and how it made me want to start over as soon as I closed the book. Books like this are rare. When you connect with the characters on a whole new level, and you can’t find a single thing to complain about (not that I was looking for any).

Despite suffering from a disease that plagued her all her life, Madeline is still thankful for all the love, care and protection her mom and her nurse, Carla bestow upon her. In fact, the only time she hated being confined in a literal bubble, was when Olly’s family moved in next door.  We see her long for the kind of normalcy most of us probably take for granted day in and day out: the warmth of the sun, the smell of the air, the whisper of a breeze on her skin. I think most of all, she wishes for another human’s touch and interaction (besides those of her mom’s and her nurse’s). She was thrilled and a little scared that the boy in black who has a penchant for parkour started trying to get her attention.

Maddy is the perfect character for us, booklovers. She lives and breathes the printed word, and it shows. Ms. Yoon made it convincing for us to see a well-spoken, astute person that is attributable to being well read.

Olly and Maddy are also the kind of characters that you can’t help but love. One of the things that made them all that much loveable is that you see the heartbreak looming in the horizon. I mean, how can you not? It’s not as if Maddy can have a normal relationship with anyone. She can’t even leave her house! And Olly’s family life is far from enviable. He lives in a turbulent, violent home.

If only we get to spend a bit more time with Maddy after the plot twist! I think it would’ve been nice to see her come to herself and accept her new reality. My heart broke for a mother who only ever want to protect her child. I wish it had a different ending. I wish it had a longer ending, an epilogue that will tell us of the fate of these characters. But I’m not going to hold that against this book. I can only be thankful for the chance to read it. 

GOODREADS SUMMARY | September 1st, 2015 | Double Day Canada | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

  • Rachel

    Gorgeous review, Joy! I read this in one sitting, and did enjoy it, but unfortunately my eARC had some major formatting issues, and I basically couldn’t see all the illustrations, which I think affected my view of it. I still enjoyed it though, but did have one or two minor problem areas I need to flesh out in my review! R x

  • Joy! You can’t be so offhand about an accident! My goodness, I didn’t comprehend what you meant when I first read it and then it was all shock horror and worry. I hope you’re okay and it was nothing serious.

    I’m with you on not going back to the book for ages and ages. I sliced my foot open at the beginning of the year pretty badly and had to be on panadol basically full time for almost two weeks, and I felt pretty hazy on things. I ended up reading like an 8 book series (which I really didn’t enjoy) because everything else was just too dense and made my brain ache. I did read Daughter of Smoke and Bone at the beginning and it was a delight, but pain and accidents make reading specific things difficult.

    I’m so glad this was wonderful for you! I’ve been so looking forward to your review and I’m really happy to hear you went so well with it, and also that it was emotionally powerful in it’s way. From the two or three reviews I’ve now read I’m thinking I have a fairly good idea of what happens in the ending, which is a little frustrating, but I don’t know for sure and I’m really keen to read this and see what I think, too.

    Lovely review.xx

  • Yaaay! So glad you loved it since I plan to read it soon. Great review, Joy! 🙂

  • Glad you loved this one despite beginning it in March. We can’t remember the details of all our reads, so it is good the details of this one stuck with you!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Oh wow, that is a horrid thing to have to through >< And having to wait to continue the book that you were loving as well! I love it when you get back to a book and it's like you never left it though. This one has been getting so much praise I have it on my TBR. It's not in the usual format I like, but the disease is so diverse and different than what I usually read. And I love reading about fellow bookworms!

  • Yay, it’s always fantastic to stumble upon another character who just LOVES books! This one kind of reminds me of Because You’ll Never Meet Me for some reason, with the wonderful friendship and not being able to leave the house due to a disease. Lovely review Joy!

  • Jazmen

    I have been dying to get my hands on this one since I heard about the very first time on Goodreads, or maybe it was a book brochure or something. Whatever the case I begged for a copy, I only got the eBook but I’m thrilled. I just feel like I’m going to love this! Great review, Joy. Makes me even more excited.

  • Great review Joy 🙂 I’m still on the fence about this one, but I really enjoyed reading your thoughts. And oh goodness, I am glad you’re okay! ER visits are never a good thing <3

  • Seeing the bright light? I am glad you are okay! I think I would like this book, but the ending you allude to is scary to me so I probably wont try it. Maybe though-cause you do have me interested.Great review!

  • Oh! Hugs. <3 I'm so sorry this book has a bit of bad memories for you. So glad you ended up being okay, though. <3 You are awesome. And yay for picking it up again 😀 And for loving it so much! Yay! Stunning review Joy 🙂 I'm so curious about this one. It seems so cute.

  • Adriana C

    Great review! I keep reading good reviews about it so I need to get my hands on it soon.

  • What a gorgeous review, Joy. I adored the banter between Olly and Maddy – but it definitely would have been interesting to see more of Maddy dealing with life after the twist.

  • OMG Joy, you’ve written THE best review for this book and it was so nice to see the response that this book has been getting! I’m going to be reading this one soon, as a part of #ARCAugust, and I’m damn glad you loved it! I’m actually pretty excited to read Maddy, we don’t get to see a lot of bookworms in YA IMO and that seems to have been remedied here. I’m so happy I saw your review today, it’s definitely made me want to pick up the book right this instant! Keep up the good work, and take care of yourself <3

  • I think this might just be the first glowing review I’ve seen for this one Joy, and it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s such much deeper and more emotional than the romanticised ‘sick lit’ that we usually see in YA. I love me an intelligent and well read character too. That ending, it sounds like it may very well leave me rocking in a corner for my mother. I’m probably long overdue for a breakdown anyway. So glad you were able to pick this back up and enjoy it Joy, and even gladder that you’re good as new again. I can imagine how scared the hubby must have been. Wonderful review Joy <3

  • RO

    Glad you got through the illness and sorry you had to go through it. The meatiness of this storyline sounds right up my alley and I can’t wait to grab it. It’s different and creatively written so it will definitely keep my attention. Thanks for the great review! hugs…Ro

  • I’m sorry about the hospital issue! I’ve been hearing nothing but glowing reviews for this book. I need to pick it up!

  • I’m so glad you’re feeling a lot better! Continue to stay awesome and healthy girl because that is the most important part. 🙂 and indeed books like this are HARD to find. When I pick up a book I make sure I can connect with the characters right away.:)

  • Patrick C.

    Oh no, sorry about the hospital issue Joy! But I’m glad you got back into your routine and reading 🙂 Definitely need to pick up this book, I’m in need of a feel good novel.

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    This sounds amazing and I’m so glad to see you enjoyed it so much! I know you don’t give out 5 Stars easily so your rating for this really has me excited to pick it up. I’m glad you’re feeling better now, Joy, and thanks for such an incredible review!

  • Whoa! You were put in a hospital!? I’m so sorry to hear that Joy and I’m glad you’re feeling much better now. I’ve seen alot of reviews for this book, but the majority has been very positive so far! It really speaks volumes when it’s been a while since you’ve last read it and it’s still fresh in your mind. Plus, who doesn’t love a bookworm heroine?

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • This sounds like it was a perfect book for you and I love the fact that even though you had put it down, it all came back to you beautifully. Thanks for another great pic and the lovely review, Joy! I’m sorry about the visit to the ER – hope all is good now 🙂

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I was excited about everything about this one right up until you mentioned the ending. Uh oh. WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END JOY?!!! I need to know these things going in 😉 I’ve always been a cheater when it comes to books, I can’t not read the end first.

    And so scary about your ER visit! Hope all is well now:)

  • Ahhh! What a beautiful review, Joy! I loved loved loved this book so much so I’m really happy that you loved it just as much. 🙂
    And wow! You were in the ER for that long?
    I’m still in awe that you remembered so much after so much time. It truly was a lovely book with lovely writing and lovely characters. As soon as I finished it, I ordered my finished copy!
    Gorgeous review, Joy!

  • oooh, 5 stars even though you had to put it off for a while? Dang, a must read, then. 😀

  • kindlemom1

    This does sound fabulous. I had no idea you got sick though! Glad you are better now and were able to pick this back up and fall in love with it all over again.

  • You didn’t finish it until 5 months later? Dang, I don’t know if I could do that without at least skimming what I already read. This sounds great, though. Okay, so this is the third review I’ve seen mention a plot twist … I bet I know what it is. I guess I’ll have to read it to find out if I’m right.

  • Sounds good. A longer ending though, I just had one of those and was all noooo! Sometimes they so do not work

  • This is such a beautiful review, Joy! I have this to review and I think I’m going to really enjoy it as I’ve heard the writing is wonderful and it tackles an illness that isn’t always written about.

  • I love books in which you can relate strongly to the characters! Sounds like my thing! Plus this book has been getting nice reviews! 🙂