Author Nicola Yoon, Illustrations David Yoon
This is the spoiler free review of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. If you would like to read the spoiler full review complete with how this story could possibly end please visit here.
I need to note that there are some discussion points that I simply cannot make in the spoiler free review of this book. I address my opinion about the controversy that some readers have projected onto Everything, Everything but it is impossible to talk about it without discussing spoilers as well. Therefore, this review will simply be about this book being, in my opinion, super cute.
Everything, Everything is at its core a teen romance drama about the thrills and perils of a first love. If that does not sound like a book you would read then this book will not be for you regardless of the other nuance.
The book is about Madeline, a young woman who has lived her whole life with a severely compromised immune system. She never gets to leaver her home and basically her only human interaction is with her mother, who is also her doctor, and her nurse.
She can’t help but become infatuated with the new neighbor boy who moves in next door. This relationship is the focus of the book and its honestly adorable.
I picked this book up as a palate cleanser after a different novel left a very bad taste in my mouth. I needed something easy to read quickly that I could trust to just be entertaining and maybe a bit emotional. Teen dramas are great for this. I also really loved the other book I read by author Nicola Yoon, The Sun is Also a Star. It seemed like a safe bet and I was rewarded.
I finished Everything, Everything over the course of a couple of lunch breaks. It’s an extremely quick read that includes some cute little pictures and diagrams drawn by Yoon’s husband. It enhances the innocence of the young and naive Madeline.
The book isn’t necessarily predictable but it is comfortable. I think there is value in having a book that isn’t challenging every once in a while. I enjoyed watching this young romance blossom and rooting for love to conquer all.
It’s nice sometimes to worry about first kisses and the electricity of holding hands with someone you’re attracted to instead of real world adult issues. For the purposes of easy mind numbing escapism Everything, Everything fits the bill.
I do recommend it to those who like these kinds of books. If you’re intrigued by how in the world this book could also be controversial then you’re going to have to read the spoiler full review and find out.
4/5 flowers 🌺🌺🌺🌺
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