Expected Publication is September 1, 2015 by Delacorte|250 pages
Where I Got It: I received an advanced copy of the e-book from netgalley.com. This hasn’t influenced my review in any way. Promise!
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
I really liked Everything, Everything! I wish I loved it, and it came really close to me loving it…but overall, it’s been a while since I’ve been so emotional/excited about a book.
I really liked Maddy, and I felt for her. She can’t leave her house, and she only has her mom and Carla. And Olly. I loved her relationship with Carla, who was nurse and friend, and Maddy really needed that. I can’t imagine having such a rare disease, and it makes me wish we learned more about it in the book, because we don’t get anything about it. Not that the book has to include more about the disease, but at the same time, if you’re going to have a character who has a rare disease, it might be good to have more than a vague explanation of what it is. I have a theory, but it’s the kind of theory that is a huge spoiler, so I won’t mention it here. I like that she is not defined by her disease- while the book is about a character with SCID, it’s also about so much more than that.
I did like how the story was told- there are graphs and charts and IM conversation and e-mails and vignettes, and it worked so well for the book. Something like that, particularly when the entire book is told that way, has the possibility of going very wrong (at least for me), but something about it worked really well for Maddy and her story.
I really liked her relationship with Olly, and I feel like, through him, her world expanded a lot. In the beginning, it is slightly insta-love-y, so just keep that in mind if that’s not your thing. But give the book a chance, because it really is an awesome book.
Here’s the thing. I’m trying to write this review without talking about the ending. And the ending is really spoiler-y and I really need to talk about it, because I can’t just not talk about it. Let’s just say that I have mixed feelings about the ending. I’ll have spoilers after my rating.
4 stars. Overall, I really liked Everything, Everything! It made me feel the feels, and even though I’m not sure about a few things (which did lower the rating for me), I would still recommend the book.