“Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon // Book Review

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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.

 

“You can do every goddamn thing right, and your life can still turn to shit.” 

“I read once that, on average, we replace the majority of our cells every seven years. Even more amazing: we change the upper layers of our skin every two weeks. If all the cells in our body did this, we’d be immortal. But some of our cells, like the ones in our brains, don’t renew. They age, and age us. In two weeks my skin will have no memory of Olly’s hand on mine, but my brain will remember. We can have immortality or the memory of touch. But we can’t have both.”

 

I keep seeing this book everywhere, everytime with good reviews, so obviously I ended up reading it. Although this is not my favorite genre, and I admit I was a little afraid to not like it as much as everyone, I had a good time with this novel.

Everything, everything is a book that reads really fast. The chapters are very short and only increase the speed of reading, the pages turn without even realizing it.

The two main characters are really nice to follow. On the one hand, there is Madeline, a girl/woman, 1! years old (if I remember correctly), suffering from an incurable disease, called the bubble child, which forces her to stay locked up in her house in order to escape to all the germs and allergens that can lead to her death. In short, her immune system is defective! On the other hand, there is Olly. He and his family have just moved next to Madeline’s house. Quickly, we will understand that there is something wrong inside his family, if I can say that like that! He and Madeline will soon “meet”, I say meet between “” since the exchanges will be through the windows or emails / private messages. A friendship that will quickly turn into a little more, obviously!

Their relationship is cute and really made me have a great time. I liked to follow the evolution of this relationship, I liked to know more about them, their lives, their surroundings.

And even if I had guessed the end, that didn’t stop me from appreciating it.

It seems to me that there is a movie adaptation, so I’m curious to see it now! Did you read it? seen it?

 

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30 August 2018
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