Published by Delacorte Press on 9/1/15
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
My content rating: YA (Characters have sex, but it's not really shown)
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.
This is going to be the shortest review I have ever written.
There are no words that I can say that will sum up this book properly. Pretty much anything that I would say about it would be not enough and too much all at once, so I just can’t say anything at all. Except I will say – if you enjoy YA romance, READ IT.
This book is very much YA romance, even with all of the other medical stuff in the synopsis. But it’s beautifully written and fun (with unique elements like illustrations and IM messages and Maddy’s book short spoiler book reviews interspersed).
Again. Just read it. You need to.
Don’t read the rest of this unless you’ve already read the book. And don’t read the comments either. Or any other reviews. Just read the book. View Spoiler »Okay, if you’ve read this book, you know why I’m putting this in spoiler tag. The real reason I couldn’t bring myself to write ANYTHING about this book is because the mere mention that SOMETHING surprises you at the end of the book could spoil it for someone – it did for me. For some reason, as soon as I read this in someone’s review, I just KNEW what was coming. Obviously, I loved the book anyway, but I wish I could have been shocked! « Hide Spoiler
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About the Author
Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.
Plus (Because I thought these were fun), from her website:
- I believe in love. Really, truly.
- I’m kind of a hopeless romantic.
- I’m a proud member of the We Need Diverse Books team.
- In a former life I made jewelry. You can see some of it here.
- I love Karoake, but I cannot sing. I. Am. The. Worst. My song of choice is “Making Love out of Nothing at all” by Air Supply, because AIR SUPPLY.
- My husband makes custom notebooks. They are pretty popular.
- I hand write my first drafts.
- I keep all the empty pens.
- I was (am and always will be) a late bloomer.
- In a former life I was French. I could live entirely on wine & cheese.
Or maybe Korean because I could live on Kimchi & Gablee too.