Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Corgi Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House
It is not often that I can say that I have fallen absolutely in love with a Young Adult contempory novel. I’m a Speculative Fiction girl. For me reading should feel like I am being transported to another world or a world that is too far fetch to become a reality anytime in the near future and that is why I am a sucker for Fantasy, Science Fiction and to a lesser extent Dystopia. However, because I’ve been so swamped with essays, prescribed readings and journal articles I decided that I needed a quick fix and grabbed the book that looked like it would be the easiest to read.
A while ago I won a Young Adult book hamper from Reader’s Warehouse and one of the novels in that hamper was this pretty little jewel, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I’d heard a lot of good things about the novel but the most I knew about it was that the main character, Maddy, was allergic to the world and has been isolated in her house for the last seventeen years. And as these stories go, a boy moves in next door and Maddy falls in love.
Seems quite straight forward and predictable right? Nonetheless I loved it. It was a sweet coming-of-age story. The characters were cute and I found myself rooting for them to somehow find a way to be together.
The format was also quite fun. The book is filled with doodles and infographic styled cartoons. Maddy has a vivid imagination and charming humour and you can’t help but sympathise with her and her condition. There are also a couple of chapters that are told purely in emails and I.Ms.
A marvolous quick read. You’ll devour it in one sitting. Also, the twist at the end will surprise you.