‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon.
“Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything”.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a young adult contemporary book about a young woman’s self- discovery of herself and adapting to her world around her. Nicola Yoon has done an amazing job in portraying the likeness of her characters making them more imaginable and relatable to everyday teenagers. Nicola Yoon has portrayed her main character ‘Madeline’ as a strong, inspiring and independent character who suffers from the well-known disease SCID know as Severe combined immune deficiency disease. Throughout this inspiring novel, Madeline describes her rare illness as a ‘bubble baby disease’. As she lives in a metaphorical bubble, she’s unable to leave her house due to ‘outside elements’ having a negative effect on her body resulting in becoming severely sick or leading to death. The only people she socializes with are her mother and her nurse, Carla. This is until she meets her talk, dark and mysterious next door neighbour, ‘Olly’. All of a sudden, she finds herself communicating with him through IM, emails and quirky secret messages written on their windows. They both find themselves opening up to each other about concerns and feelings that they have never been able to talk about. Olly encourages her to feel something she’s never sensed before; love.
‘Everything, Everything’ has quickly become one of our favourite books in YA literature! Madeline’s story is amazing as we can all find a piece of ourselves within her. Madeline is relatable to all readers as she represents our feelings, relationships and our ideals as teenagers and adults. Nicola Yoon centres her debuting novel by actively encouraging diversity and embracing our own unique quirks. Beautiful, eccentric illustrations were also shown throughout the novel individualising the entirety of the book. Madeline’s spoiler book reviews throughout each chapter also added that something extra sending the novel souring to success.
Personally, it could have done with a better resolution towards the end as it felt rushed, and we would have loved it to have lingered for a few more pages. However, it could never go wrong with the biggest and the most unexpected plot twist that transformed this debuting YA novel.
What’s most exciting though, is that our newest added addition ‘Everything, everything’ will be released as a movie this coming May 2017! This new novel with grab everyone’s attention with its romantic and inspirational story line as well as it’s strong, empowering characters. Overall, this was a fantastic debut novel! Funny, sad, romantic and quirky all in one! Furthermore, this quick and easy read is an absolute must- read for everyone interested in YA literature and/or those that are new to the world of YA fiction!
Book Rating: 4.5/5
“The greatest risk is not taking one”.
~ Georgia & Morgan