Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
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.
Everything, Everything is one of those books that I have heard so many wonderful things about and I started reading and kept thinking am I reading a different book than everyone else? Why does everyone love this so much? I don't get it. Note: Spoilers ahead!!! If you don't want to know how the story ends don't read on!!
So this story started off and before I knew it I was already 35% of the way through the story and thinking how has that much passed already? Nothing is happening....it felt very light on substance so I didn't really connect with Maddy or her mom or caregiver or Olly or anyone. I don't know why, but it just felt like there wasn't much there.
Then Olly and Maddy start hanging out which is better I guess, but still very light. Then the story completely lost me as I kept thinking I hope this is not going to be a story where the girl is not really sick right? The way it was written I kept thinking this is so lame! I wanted to see how a story between a girl with a disease where she can't go outside and the boy next door would play out. What would happen? I don't know. As soon as Maddy decides she has to get out and live her life and she doesn't get sick from flying for hours on an airplane I was done. I mean I finished the story, but come on. Airplanes are not the cleanest places. Even if she wasn't sick her immune system wouldn't be up to the airplane ride of germs. It was lame. I did not like it. She is not actually sick, her mom has a mental illness and wanted to keep her safe, blah blah blah. No. She was sick until she found love then magically decided to test her boundaries and see what would happen and live before she dies and then magically she is not sick anymore. I know it wasn't really magic, love didn't fix everything, that's not really what happened, but it read that way and love did get her out of the house so she found out she wasn't sick. Ugh. No. Not for me.
With the story being light on substance and then ending up oh hey she is not actually sick so she can live happily ever after I don't know why everyone loved this story so much. There are much better stories out there to read....