Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon

2 Sep

23874708Format: e-ARC, 320 pages

Publisher: Delacorte

Published: August 27, 2015

ISBN: 9780552574235

Genre: Teens & YA

Back cover blurb: Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

My review: I inhaled this book, and it was so good! Right from the beginning I connected with the heroine, shut-in Madeline who has a medical condition meaning she cannot go outside. Then a swoony boy moved in next door – and I was gone, head over heels. Their relationship progressed via stolen looks from bedroom windows, a pantomime with a Bundt cake, and then email. Olly may not use capital letters or punctuation, but he’s otherwise perfect. His domestic life isn’t so good, but he is brave and the UST between him and Madeline is off the chart.

When she takes some rather drastic steps, he is right by her side, and that ending was just gorgeous. The twist I suspected but was still pretty shocked by. My copy of the e-ARC didn’t have a lot of the little drawings other reviewers have mentioned – I had some odd hieroglyphics where I suspect they were meant to be – but I imagine they would also have been a fun addition to the book. This is a wonderful debut novel with fabulous characters, a fast pace, and heaps of swoons. Nothing too graphic for the YA reader either. I think this would make a great film.

***Disclaimer: This e-ARC was provided to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Huge thanks to them. ***

My rating: 5/5

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