hopefully back from a weird reading slump and no reading strategy, here I am with a full book review.
Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Published on: September 15th 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Maddie Whittier has never had normal teenage experiences or vacations, because she has never left the house for almost 17 years. That’s because she is very sick with SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency), a sickness that is triggered by various influences from the outside. It can be a type of soap, type of grass, type of anything. And if that chemical triggers the sickness, it’s going down for Maddie.
So naturally, she is not leaving the house when her mom made sure she had everything she needed inside. A air conditioner and encloser that circulates fresh air every four hours, tutors that teach her and entertainment, such as books and games. But when a new family moves in next to Maddie, with a teenage son Maddie starts to fancy, her world turns upside down.
I think the plot started out nice, was average in the middle, got better towards the end and was average at the ending again. The thing that probably annoyed me the most is that she could almost do whatever she wanted without getting sick. How could a super sick person get not easily sick? It made no sense. Lesson learned, since there are times where you have to finish a book to actually understand actions. Ha, news, right? Still, Maddie was never read as a disabled person, which is on one hand great (I sound like a douche pointing this out) on the other hand she never really struggled with anything. That made me forget that this story was anything beside a teenage romance and made me lose interest in it.
Olly for example just seem to exist to be the love puppy to Maddie. Maddie was a bit better as a character since the reader actually got to read her inner thoughts and such, so more depth for that. Maddie loved to read and write, had an tutor in architecture…and that’s it, since her thoughts were rolling around Olly the rest of the time. She wasn’t caring that her mom cared for her loads, she never cared that she might get sick from being with Olly, nothing. At least have some respect towards your sickness, okay? That’s far past the motto: “You might be disabled, but you can still live!”. With everything considered, she had a wonderful family and never experienced abuse (you will excuse me if you have read the ending).
Olly on the other hand was living with an abusive father that hit Olly’s mother who is too scared to say anything or even leave him (I would have a long time). He barely talked about it and instead was making sure Maddie was okay. Maddie on the other hand asked him if he was alright, never going further, never caring more. Them together, that’s all both of them were counting for (and me, rolling my eyes at them). And chatting to each other, wondering what Maddie and Olly were doing wasn’t making a super interesting book. Especially since I realized from the very beginning that they would end up being together because it was obvious.
If all the things mentioned above weren’t enough for a 3 out of 5 rating, the plot twist made sure of it I wasn’t considering a 2 out of 5 stars. It just felt off and a little bit pulled out of nowhere. I mean it made sense considering facts but I still think there could have been a better solution for it.
A simple read with an unusual take off and a slow plot. That’s why I give Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 3 out of 5 stars.