Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
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.
The first time this book was recommended to me, I had very little interest in it. I had (and still HAVE) a to-read list that is just… HUGE and I haven’t even made a dent in it despite having five reviews to write at the moment. Then I kept hearing about it. The more it was recommended, the more curious I became. What in the world could be so interesting about another ‘Bubble Boy’ type of novel? Nothing that I could think of.
I bit the bullet and purchased it on Amazon in paperback in February. You can check it out here (aff link). It was reasonably priced for if I didn’t love it, a perfect price for if I did end up liking it. As soon as it arrived I dove in. I was shocked at the fact that I could not put it down.
From the very beginning it is gripping. You find yourself relating to someone that you (or at least I don’t) have anything in common with. You sympathize with her and you find yourself rooting for her in every challenge and obstacle she comes to face. There were moments in this book that left me in tears, moments that had me laughing so hard I ended up with stomach aches, and there were moments that left me with a flock of butterflies flapping around in my stomach.
This book has made it’s way to my favorites list. It has quiet a few surprises and twist in it. I keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing all the way up and until the end. I have very little faith that the movie will be anywhere near as good as a book. I’ll find that out once it lands on DVD, if you go to the theater to see it AND you have read the novel as well – please let me know how they compare.
A well deserved five out of five stars.
PS: If I were to start selling books that I bought for myself (not received for review) how many of you would be intersted in purchasing, second hand, from me?