Published by: Delacorte BYR on September 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
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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.
I received this book for free from YABC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Also by this author: The Sun Is Also a Star
One Line: A unique and interesting book that’s pretty hard to put down.
What I Loved: Maddy was the star of the book and I genuinely liked her. Her view on the world, limited as it was, was great. She’s book lover, so that’s already a plus in her favor. She also has a Tumblr book blog and her one-lined reviews were spot on and entertaining. I also really loved all the drawings. They were probably my favorite part of the book. I’m a sucker for a good illustration. They fit with the story and gave me a better mental picture of the story and Maddy as a whole.
I absolutely adored Olly and Maddy together. They were so cute together. Everything was new to them, especially to Maddy, and it was fun watching them navigate a relationship, given Maddy’s condition. I expected Olly to be fascinated by Maddy, anyone would be, but I didn’t expect them to connect so well and I really appreciated that. Given his predicament, Maddy was good for him. Like a breath of fresh air.
I also didn’t see that twist coming. I was totally expecting a different kind of ending and when it first happened I thought it was a cop out, which pissed me off. But then I continued reading and discovered it was this totally different kind of thing and it blew my mind a bit once all was said and done.
What Didn’t Work for Me: Like I said, that twist threw me for a loop at first and it’s a big jarring, but once everything comes to light, it gets better. Also, there’s really not much going on and I could’ve used more in terms of Maddy’s diagnosis, but I guess that would’ve lessened the effects of the twist. I also would’ve liked more of Maddy’s past and of her family back when they were a foursome. I didn’t connect with her mother at all and even though I was sad for the losses, it was only for a second, so I didn’t connect on that level.
Final Verdict: I’d definitely give this book a try. It’s so different and even though not much happens, it’s pretty riveting. I couldn’t stop reading.
*This review of Everything, Everything was first published on YABC.*