ARC Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Synopsis: “This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

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.”


Rating: 5/5 Stars

 First Impression: I have been hearing a lot about this book and it’s been getting a bunch of hype, so I was already looking forward to this book! The cover is GORGEOUS, the tagline is GREAT, and the synopsis is pretty intriguing. What can i say? I’m interested!

My Thoughts:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a spectacular novel that beautifully displays the deeper needs that drive one’s human experience. One could say that this novel is many things, but, above all, Everything, Everything is a love story. It is the story of a girl’s first love, of a mother’s love for her child, and, perhaps, first and foremost, it is the story of a girl falling in love with life for the first time. And it’s breathtaking.

Yoon’ prose is stunning in its beauty which creates an elegant eloquent novel. Highly quotable, the book’s brilliance lies in its down-to-earth, raw quality. Clearly Yoon is not trying to be profound, rather, the words seem to flow from her fingers arising simply from the emotion of the moment to create something genuine and true. Yoon also does a phenomenal job of weaving together multiple themes throughout the novel by using her characters to portray and covey themes.

Speaking of characters, Yoon’s are extraordinarily real, a key aspect in such a character driven novel. Characters seem to dance from the page into readers’ imagination, ready to jump to life! Maddy’s struggles and desires are palpable and while certainly no peppy Pollyanna, Maddy is not your typical cynical and disillusioned “sick protagonist” either. Rather, she is comfortable with her lot, accepting of what she has in life. However, that all changes when Olly, who is full of life and possibility, arrives into Maddy’s world (yet he does not fall into the trap of being the larger-than-life new boy who leads Maddy out into the wild unknown). The characters’ growth throughout the novel is also incredible! It was so striking to watch Maddy change, grow and strengthen! It was a privilege to go on such a journey with Maddy and all of the characters and, for my part, I’m glad I did!

Yoon makes up for the static physical environment by creating an incredible atmospheric setting and tone. Maddy’s emotions are tangible, painting the pages and filling readers with joy, sorrow, wonder, and curiosity! One cannot set this book down without being deeply moved and I perhaps loved that aspect of this novel best!

On the whole, Everything, Everything is an outstanding debut novel from Nicola Yoon. I was so moved and touched by it and I encourage everyone to give it a chance!

The Bottom Line: Buy it, get it, you most certainly will not regret it! Beautiful!

Check out my art inspired by Everything, Everything at my other blog, Inspired by Books at!

NOTE: I received an advanced readers copy of this title for review from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Lila is a 27-year-old college student studying physics and a lover of literature. When she's not busy reading or saving the world through science, Lila can be found singing jazz and blues and obsessing over hedgehogs (a.k.a. the cutest animals in the multiverse!)

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