Don’t you just love it when books find you? I wasn’t so sure about this book when I first ordered it on Amazon. I’ve never been one who enjoys reading romantic books about love. I was also unsure if I would find the book to be a little too childish since it centered around high school love. It was something about the description of Maddy not being able to experience the outside world that intrigued me about this book, and I am glad it did.
Risk everything…for love.
What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door…and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.
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 will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It’s an innovative, inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.
This book was so much more than my first impressions. If I had to sum it up in one word it would be REFRESHING. First, the love story between Maddy and Olly brought nothing buy smiles to my face. It transported me back to those feelings and excitement of my first love. I found myself relating to the interaction between the two of them and remembering those moments from my past.
Second, I loved reliving the notion of “firsts” through Maddy’s eyes. The book had so many moments where it was like watching a child experiencing something new for the first time. All the day-to-day we take for granted as adults, this book pulled you into all the detail and beauty of the world that surrounds us.
Finally, this book ended with an awesome twist. I won’t give away any spoilers, but the twist brought on so many emotions from anger and resentment to joy and happiness. It surprised me how many emotions I felt towards different characters in the book, but it was a great plot twist.
I highly recommend Everything, Everything if you are looking for an easy and refreshing read that will bring a smile to your face. It is definitely a book you want to immediately discuss with someone once you finish. I would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read this book. Or if you read it, come back and let me know what you think!
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Krissy lives in California with her family of three that make up “The Hadicks.” With a passion for research and helping others, The Hadicks was developed as a resource for other parents and parents-to-be!