Friday, February 3rd 2017

Everything, Everything

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on September 1st 2015
Pages: 306

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 am in love with Nicola Yoon. I wish she had more books out. I read the two she has written practically in two days. I never considered myself a huge fan of contemporaries, but I think I was fooling myself. Well, I enjoy well-written contemporaries. I love the diversity in this book. And I love that there is no question as to why it’s there. I fell in love with these characters and I felt the “twist” was well done. I know there were some people irritated with the ending and for whatever reason felt it was a cop-out. But to me, it made perfect sense and allowed me to sympathize with a character I didn’t understand needed some help. Loved this book.