First of all, thank you so much Penguin UK for sending me the ARC of this book. I haven’t been this excited to read a book in some time.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon is the story of a young girl, Madeline Whittier, trapped to her home because she has a rare disease called SCID which makes her allergic to the world outside her home and forces her to live in a sterile environment. Her only interactions are with her nurse Carla, her mother and a professor who is occasionally allowed to visit so that he can evaluate her architecture related assignments. But one morning, everything changes when new neighbors move in next door and she starts talking to Oliver.
I loved the character depictions, especially the variation of them. Each one was so interesting and held their own in the book which was very refreshing. I enjoyed how the author wrote Oliver and his family. That for me played a big role in the progress and formation of the story.
There are many contemporary young adult stories deal with heavy topics like domestic violence and sickness but this one did both which was very refreshing. Neither aspect was given a preference, both were given equal representation which I think provided a lot of balance in terms of the story and the character building.
I looked most forward to the conversations that Oliver and Madeline had online along with small illustrations. There is a small increase in more illustrations in books which is very cool because it provides another dimension other than just words.
What I felt was missing was that after the revelation of Madeline’s mother’s mental illness, there wasn’t much interaction between them and I would’ve enjoyed to see more of that. It could’ve been bitter or resentful or on its way to helping them resolve their problems but that’s what I thought was missing.
In totality, this story is lovely, heart rending and absolutely unputdownable. It was a joy to read and kept me entertained. A perfect book to read at any time.