ARC Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

ARC Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: September 1st, 2015
by Delacorte Books

Format: ARC

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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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Do you ever read a book that leaves you feeling empty? Unfulfilled? This is what reading this book was like for me. Even now, I am hesitant to pick it up and write this review because whenever I look at this book, I am reminded of that horrible feeling.

There are many good things about this book and I can see why so many people have fallen head over heels for it but this book and I weren’t meant to be.

This book is ripe with potential but for me, that potential was never fulfilled. Instead I was left feeling disappointed.

Maddy is a great female lead and she also happens to be biracial (YAY DIVERSITY!). I love that even though she has been sheltered all her life, she is never naïve. She is smart, aware of her situation and isn’t bitter. That is until Olly comes along. And that’s where I thing things took a bad turn. Because when Olly comes along, Maddy realizes she doesn’t just want to live, she wants to be alive. Olly makes her see all the things she wants and can never have so what does she do? She starts keeping secrets. And if there is one thing I hate, its secrets. There are exceptions but I don’t think secrets should be kept from people who are on your side especially if they are just a cover for for reckless behavior. In fact, I am not really fond of reckless behavior (although there are certain situations some readers will find reckless that I wouldn’t so it just depends on the reader) and that was probably strike one for this book and I.

Even though Olly set into motion the events for strike 1, I’d still say he is pretty swoonworthy. He was hilarious, kind and SO PRETTY. He also liked math! Like Maddy, he is dealing with his own issues but said issues were never explored. Somewhere along the way, this book became more about how SCID was preventing Maddy from doing things she wanted to (like being in a real relationship with Olly) than it was about two people connecting despite their circumstances. I wanted a romance that wasn’t limited by restrictions but rather enhanced in some way. But that’s exactly what happened.

Something else that didn’t work for me were some of the minor conveniences like Maddy getting a credit card. Given that she is 18, it’s possible she could have done it without leaving the house but to get a credit card, I would assume one needs a bank account and how did she get her own bank account without her mom knowing and without her leaving the house? While we’re at it, why is everything in the house so white? I get that it kind of represents the colorlessness of her life but I’d also like me some concrete explanations. Neither of these things are that big of a deal and the reason they stuck out to me more than they will to other readers was because by the point I started noticing and started getting irritated by these things,  I was no longer in love with the book.

You see, this book was so very charming when it first started. Little details like old diary entries, lists, IM messages (that sounded realistic and weren’t written lyk dis) and Life is Short™ spoiler reviews that Yoon added made this book feel magical and brought Maddy’s character to life. I LOVED this book and I loved Maddy’s character (her favorite movie Pride & Prejudice, THE BBC version!!!!!) I loved Olly and Maddy’s relationship. I loved Maddy’s relationships with Carla and her mother as well. That first third of the book was magical but sometimes, magic doesn’t always last.

Something happens towards the end of the book that seriously pissed me off. That was strike three for me. I cannot go into much detail without giving away spoilers but that one thing made me feel like the entire situation at hand was undermined. Turned into something it shouldn’t have been. It seemed like an easy way out of a very complex situation and I hated that. I wanted there to be a complex solution to the problem instead of a mean twist that solved everything.

This book was obviously a miss for me but given how many people have loved it, I am sure many more will. If you happen to be one of those people who don’t, come join me in eating tons of Nutella to drown all that disappointment.

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Overall: 2.7
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Rashika

Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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  1. says

    I was really interested in this book because of th diversity and the cover. Too bad you were disappointed. I’ve yet to read it, though. I’ve read the ending has pissed off many readers, so I’m curious to see what I think.
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  2. says

    Characters keeping secrets and this complicating their lives unnecessarily is a pet peeve of mine too. I’ve been seeing this one around for ages, but I was never really curious about it. First, it’s contemporary YA, which I’m none too crazy about, and second, the reviews have been all over the place. I guess I was right to pass.

  3. says

    I have been hearing so many mixed things about this book, and with another negative review I have no idea what to think of this book. I think I’ll just has to pick it up and see for myself. Great review, Rashika!

  4. says

    I’ve seen mostly positive reviews for this one but the handful of negative reviews I’ve seen, like yours, have really made me think about whether I really want to pick this up. I’m definitely conflicted, and will probably pick this up at some point just to see if it’s really for me or not, but I’m so glad you wrote this honest review because I’ll definitely be going in with lower expectations. Thanks, Rashika!<3
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  5. says

    You HAVE to include the spoilers!!! How else are you going to spare me the pain of reading this book? :-)

    There’s no way you can get a credit card at that age unless, as you mention it, you open a bank account, or your parents give it to you. Little things like that bother me like hell.
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  6. says

    Your review was really refreshing, especially hearing so many raves about this book which is always bound to make me a bit wary. IT sounds like there were certain events which made it unrealistic or not easily relatable for you, eg. the inconsistencies with the bank accounts and stuff. I’m not too sure yet, this book sounds fantastic but it reminds me a lot of Because You’ll Never Meet Me which I’ve just read. And it sounds like it’s using romance as a plot device again. Lovely review hun!
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  7. AenteeAentee says

    HOW AWKWARD. I actually liked this ahahaha BUT I was so pissed off at several things, such as the mishandling of health issues and how relatively romanticise the illness was at first. She was treated like a princess in a castle rather than a person with a severe immunological disorder. The ending I am still dubious about as well. I hope I can still eat Nutella with you, Rashika!!

  8. says

    *cries*
    WHYYY?! I’m sad that you didn’t really like it since I enjoyed it very much.
    But I get where you’re coming from. I knew a lot of those things you mentioned before going in, so they didn’t really bother me. And I was too blinded by my love for Olly.
    Sorry this was a disappointment for you, Rashika! I hope your next read will be better!
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  9. says

    Ever since I saw the cover, I was really excited for this book, but it seems like I’m not really going to enjoy it. The cover is so beautiful, but I don’t really think it will be my thing. I absolutely hate easy endings – mental illness isn’t simple, so the ending shouldn’t be either. Great review!

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  10. says

    Gah I want to read this just to see what happens at the end. Maybe it will be my next read. It seems that A LOT of people are having trouble with the ending, and other little things in the book. I AM INTRIGUED.

    Awesome review Rashika! I’m sorry you didn’t like it as much. I HOPE YOUR NEXT BOOK IS BETTTTER
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  11. says

    Hm. I’m not sure what to think about this one Rashika! I’m with you on secrets, they drive me crazy (except in the case of mysteries or thrillers, then they work for me). It causes me so much stress when characters keep things from one another instead of just being honest, it makes me want to shout TELL THE TRUTH the entire time. I’m also hugely concerned about this mean twist at the end that solved everything. I don’t like the sound of that! Lovely review as always though:)
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  12. says

    I am sorry that this didn’t work for you!

    Okay, yes, I totally forgot about that, but it did strike me as odd. How the hell did she get it, and how did she expect to pay it off?? That part just didn’t match up for me.
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  13. says

    I have heard in a few reviews that people wished the ending was different, but this is one of the first not completely raving reviews I have seen. The format of this book is not my usual kind but I am going to try it anyway and see what I think. And it certainly does sound like a diverse read. But it’s a shame about a few things being unexplained or too convenient…
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  14. says

    Empty? Unfulfilled? That made me wary but I’ve seen a lot of people complain about the reckless aspect too! Is it thAt rash? I have this bad feeling that you were pissed off by either of the main characters dying or something tragic. I’m too scared to read this book atm but the concept still sounds so unique.
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  15. says

    I received an ARC copy during YALLWEST in April by the author but I was never sure when I wanted to pick it up. My friends Jillian and Kennia also go it at the event and had the book read the following week, praising it. Still, I didn’t pick it up. Fast forward a month and a half later, BEA. We get copies of the book at the Blogger Conference and my friends Sam, Shannon, and Riley all start reading it the night we get it and finish it by the time we meet Nicola again at a signing later that week.