Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Spoiler-free

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Published: September 1st 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Pages: 310

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(via Goodreads):

 “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 read this book a few weeks ago but never got around to upload the review so here we are! 😀

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time and when I saw the movie trailer with Nick Robinson (gosh, I love him) when it first came out, I knew I had to give it a go!

I have to say I really enjoyed reading it at first – we have a diverse (yay!) main character (half-black/half-Japanese) who has a rare disease that doesn’t allow her to leave the house. The only human contact Madeline has is her mother and her nurse who both check on her every day. When Olly, the new neighbour from next door, starts messaging her and they start getting to know each other, Madeline falls in love. And that love has been doomed from the start.

Madeline was a very relatable character and she reminded me of my young, naive and pubescent self! When I had my first crush (and my second… and my third lol) I behaved exactly the same way she did. Just thinking about the other person makes you blush, you get butterflies in your stomach whenever they message you and all that jazz! It was so cute to read about all her thoughts and initial feelings and emotions when contacting Olly, whether it be via chat or in person.

I enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s writing a lot and the whole set up of the book was so cool. It was so easy to just breeze through it because the writing just flowed so naturally. And there were loads of drawings, lists, emails etc which was really engaging and made the reading experience so much more fun! This is also a book that you could easily finish in one sitting!

I really liked the idea of an impossible and basically hopeless romance between Madeline and Olly. Madeline is trapped in her house forever because of her illness and Olly has to sneak in when her mum isn’t home. The thought of a relationship between them was crazy at first but with time they could have made it work! I thought it was an interesting idea and would make the story really unique!

And I was really liking this book until I got to the end and the very disappointing plot twist. The ending really is the only reason why I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 or maybe even 5.

I won’t spoil anything on my blog but I will link you to an #ownvoices review if you want to know more about why the ending of Everything, Everything is harmful and ableist. Be aware that the review contains spoilers!

All in all I think the concept of this book was unique and promising and it had good potential but it wasn’t carried out/developed well enough. I am really disappointed with the ending and a lot could have been done differently! I feel like the author herself wasn’t sure how to wrap the story up so she did that.

While I have acknowledged and realised why Everything, Everything is problematic, I still enjoyed the rest of the story and therefore I give it 3 stars.

⭐⭐⭐ (3 out of 5 stars)

I’m still going to watch the movie because the trailer is soooo cool – I swear I’ve probably seen it 50 times. Nick Robinson might be the BIG reason why I’ll be watching it haha he is just adorable *drools*. And I love Amandla Stenberg! Watch the movie trailer for Everything, Everything below!

Have you read Everything, Everything? What did you think of it? Are you planning on watching the movie? Let’s chat in the comments!


18 thoughts on “Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Spoiler-free

  1. I completely agree! I found the beginning to be super relatable as I read this when I had a serious illness for years and was literally bed ridden. But I found after she travels to yunno (don’t wanna spoil it) I started enjoying it less. Then the plot twist happened and I feel like it just cheapended it, I dunno. But it was still enjoyable and I’m going to watch the film 🙂

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  2. Lovely review, Jackie! I agree with a lot of what you said, especially the way the end turned out! When I first read it I gave this book a pretty high rating, but was soon made aware of the problematic issues and my thoughts definitely changed. I wish it was handled differently! Lovely review. ❤

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    1. Thank you 💛 yes I agree! I think if I had read it a few years ago I would have probably given it 5 stars! But ever since I got more invested in the bookish community I’ve been reading more critically! And I always make sure to check #ownvoices reviews to see if there’s anything that is problematic, just so I’m aware of it while/after reading!


  3. I haven’t read Everything, Everything — because I’ve heard of the negative views and they just blew my mind that this illness had a lot of “misrepresentation” (said loosely). I also heard that it has insta-love (which is implied in the blurb lol) and I hate insta-love??? So I’m not sure if I’m going to read this. But great review! 🙌🙌

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    1. It was very insta-lovey but surprisingly, I didn’t mind it all that much in this book! And if I had known about the problematic issue in this book I don’t think I’d have bought it – maybe borrowed it from the library or something! Thanks May 😇

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  4. I was spoiled for this one on accident but I didn’t mind much because I wasn’t thinking about reading it at this point… It does sound a bit too fluffy for me XD And I think the trailer does spoil it a little bit :/
    Still, great review, Jackie! Great to know you liked this one (at least, most of it) 🙂

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  5. Thanks for sharing your review of this book. This is one of the books on my reading list that I was looking forward to reading. I think I will still try to read the book with an open mind

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  6. Omg yes exactly! I was writing my review a few weeks ago and looking onto other blogs, i founf out that everybody loved the book. I was like maybe im the one who doesnt but it makes me so glad reading your review!! Please check out my review on my blog toooo (Im new to blogging, so this is my first comment ever haha)

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    1. I saw that too! And I’m so happy to hear this! It’s always great to see someone else who wasn’t the biggest fan of a popular and hyped up book! 😊

      And welcome to the blogging world! I really hope you’ll have a good time ❤️


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