Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 5 Star Review (Sort Of)

Posted August 27, 2015 by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction in Reviews / 29 Comments

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 5 Star Review (Sort Of)Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press on 9/1/15
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley
My content rating: YA (Characters have sex, but it's not really shown)
My rating:
5 Stars

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 »

***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-YoonNicola 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.

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29 responses to “Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – 5 Star Review (Sort Of)

  1. I LOVE this book! So much. When I heard it was optioned to be a movie? Cue ALL the flailing! Nicola is awesome too, I met her at BEA and she is like, the sweetest! Also, I am SO glad I didn’t see that, I would have probably guessed too- and I just double checked to make sure that the jerk who did that wasn’t me 😉 Luckily, I was not a jerk this particular time. I am so so glad that you loved this as much as I did- it is definitely a favorite for me!

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    • DON’T READ THIS COMMENT IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK. I’m actually not at all bitter because the person didn’t REALLY spoil the book – I mean, they said nothing more than I’ve said in a thousand reviews – that something happens later in the book that changes everything and blew them away. It’s just that sometimes that little bit of knowledge about a particular book gets your head spinning, and in this case, I was like, “Oh, I totally know what’s going to happen,” and I was waiting for it the whole time. I had a little moment of being thrown off, and then … nope. Totally right. Still completely loved the book, but I was kicking myself for that little bit of knowledge I’d gleaned. But can I blame the reviewer? Not really. Heck, just the mention of the fact that there is a spoiler is kind of a spoiler, right. Ugh! (This has inspired my discussion post for this week, by the way).
      Anyway, then yesterday I read a review that TOTALLY spoiled things – like multiple things about the book and I was like NOOOOO … I told them in the comments that they should warn people, but it kind of shocked me that the reviewer had said so much. If I had read THAT review before I read the book, I would have been really upset!!

  2. A short review, but one I would say is very effective when it comes to bringing across the point as well. I already have this one on my TBR because I have just seen so many people loving it. It seems like it deals with a mental illness really well and is very uniquely written! But the hype… it’s getting a bit scary at this point DD:

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  3. Debbie

    Okay even with your very short review you’ve already convinced me to read this book LOL! And can I just say that the cover is just beautiful <3

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