Everything, Everything

Zoe N. | January 21, 2016 | Review

Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything

by Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: September 1st 2015
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

two-half-stars

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Summary:

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 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.

Review:

It’s easy to understand why so many people love this, but it simply didn’t leave any lasting impact or completely click with me.

17-year-old Madeline has a rare condition named SCID, meaning she is basically allergic to everything. She’s never gone to school, never left the house, never had a friend. But when a boy her age named Olly moves in to the neighborhood, she finds the last thing she expects: a friend…or maybe something more.

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 problem with the story is that there really isn’t any plot. There is no specific conflict or problem to solve and, because of this, the story isn’t quite as engaging as I hoped it would be. The entire story is spent discussing Madeline’s daily life, housebound with barely any human contact.

If my life were a book and you read it backward, nothing would change. Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today. In the book of Maddy, all the chapters are the same.

The only bright spot of Madeline’s life is Olly. I never really felt the chemistry between them and their romance wasn’t especially memorable for me – which is unfortunate considering that the entire plot virtually revolves around their romance.

In the end, while I appreciate what Nicola Yoon was trying to do here, Everything, Everything just didn’t have enough conflict or plotwork to excite or engage me.

two-half-stars

76 comments

  1. I thought the cover and the concept of this book was interesting. I’ve never read a book about this disease before. Although I have to agree, I didn’t really get the romance at all and it seemed kind of forced. Let’s face it, we all Knew they were going to fall in love.

    1. Yeah – I think that’s what made it a little predictable. It’s obvious what’s going to happen, so it doesn’t really affect you as a reader quite as much.

  2. I’ve just read a glowing review of this book so your saying it was boring surprised me. I know everyone has their own opinions and I feel like with this book, from what I’ve heard, those opinions are very split. I will still be reading this, a it’s on my shelf, but it’s good to know going into it that it might not be great. Thanks for the honesty! : )

  3. ME TOO. Except I was more mad about the inconsistencies in her illness. I mean, allergies equal = everything must be white?? I MEAN, WHAT IS THIS. *stomps off in a huff* I was much more crankier at this book than you, hehe, but still, you’ve summed up my thoughts as well. ;D OBVIOUSLY. 😀

    1. YES. I mean that made NO sense to me whatsoever. (Not just the fact about the food being white; but about the fact that she’s able to eat it at all considering she’s allergic to “everything.”)

  4. Although I’ve seen Everything Everything everywhere, I haven’t really had the pull to read it myself personally, and your review basically solidified that fact for me. If a lot of the book is the romance, and that romance isn’t really captivating, what is really holding you? I have seen a ton of mixed reviews on this one!

  5. I always forget what this book is about, and every time I read the blurb I’m like, “Oh yeah, I forgot, that actually sounds kind of interesting.” Lol. That’s disappointing about the lack of plot though. I get so frustrated with books when I feel like they’re just meandering with no actual goal to work toward. And a romance that didn’t have chemistry? I can’t imagine this would be a book for me, though I know a lot of people love it.

  6. Hmm, like Kate I’ve heard good things about this but from what you’ve said it sounds like it wouldn’t be my cup of tea either – if there’s no conflict and the chemistry isn’t there then…probably one to give a miss.

    Do love the Alec Baldwin gif though 😀

  7. I thought this book sounded ridiculous – I’ve seen people that love it though. I feel like I would be like you if I were to read it (I don’t plan to, my friend told me what happens and I instantly was not impressed). Plus, no chemistry between the characters is such a downer. Lovely review, Zoe!

    1. I’ve seen a ton of people love it too Kynndra, which is probably why I disregarded the illogical premise and gave it a try. Thank you! <3

  8. The issue I have with a lot of contemporary books is the slow pacing and a lack of plot. And you summed it up pretty well in your review Zoe. I haven’t picked up this book yet because I’m just worried it won’t be gripping enough with the lack of plot. It explores a really interesting illness, but I feel like I would have the same issues you had. Will probably give this a miss. Thanks for the honest and lovely review Zo! <3

    1. Sorry it doesn’t sound like your cup of tea either Joy. 🙁 I can completely see where you’re coming from though. Thank YOU for your lovely comment!

  9. I’m sorry it was a bit disappointing for you, but I still feel the need to read it. I love doctor shows like House and Grey’s Anatomy because I find a focus on rare diseases fascinating. And that cover, really. So gorgeous ❤ Lovely review!(And I feel like a lot of contemporaries fall into the trap of being plotless).

  10. I’ve heard a bunch about this book, and I’ve been a little leery of it. Like, the concept is cool sounding and everything, but it sounds rather hard to pull off in an engaging, interesting, believable way. I guess if I’m going to read it, I’d be better off just trying to find it in my library instead of buying it and potentially wasting money *nods* Thanks for reviewing it! 🙂

    1. That was my first thought when I read the summary: it sounds intriguing, but definitely hard to pull off. Thank YOU for the lovely comment!

  11. Oh man, and this had such an interesting premise and great reviews! But from your thoughts here, I think it’s not for me — I am so harsh on my ships needing a huge amount of chemistry, and I also prefer books with substantial plot. So probably this isn’t for me. Thanks for the review!

  12. I love everything, everything about the cover. The typography, the colors, the cute details but I had a feeling this was going to play into a trope that mental health books fall into – love cures all.
    I might still check it out though, because it was well-intentioned if poorly executed novel. Brilliantly reviewed, Zoe. 🙂

  13. I am in two minds over whether or not I want to read this… there are a lot of mixed reviews around and although I can see both sides I’m not sure if I feel like taking the plunge. It’s a shame about the lack of plot. Thank you for the review, Zoe! 🙂

    1. The reviews have definitely been a bit mixed, but, like you said, I can definitely see why. Thank you for the lovely comment! <3

  14. Awwwwwwwwwww. I’m so sorry you didn’t like this more! I can’t remember exactly what I thought about it honestly (awkward) but I think I was a little put off by some of the aspects, but loved it overall? ACK.

    Thanks for stopping by Fiction Freak btw!

  15. I wanted to read this book because it was a Goodreads Choice Nominee, and because I felt a pang of sympathy for Maddy when I read the synopsis. As an asthmatic, I know what it’s like to have life restrained by a health condition.
    It’s a shame the book turned out to be boring for you. I’m going to rethink putting it on my TBR.

    Thanks for stopping by The Unprinted Protagonist!

    1. That’s originally why I picked up the book too, but, unfortunately, the execution just wasn’t as good as the premise. 🙁

  16. Awww I am so sorry that this didn’t work for you 🙁 I do understand what you mean though- it definitely wasn’t very plot-driven at all. But I think I felt a pull toward Maddy. Like her illness was a metaphor for my feelings of being trapped in life, if that makes sense? I don’t know if anyone intended for it to feel like that, but for me it did, which I think was why I connected to it so much. But yeah, if you weren’t feeling the romance and were bored, it makes complete sense that this would not work for you! Great review, and I do hope your next book is better 😀

    1. I never thought of it that way Shannon, but you are so right re: the metaphor. Maybe sometime I’ll reread it with the metaphor in mind and see if I click with it more. 🙂

  17. Well, that sounds rather dull! I haven’t given this one a shot yet (so many ’15 releases to catch up on. I’m going to drown in them before I make a meaningful dent in the pile!) but I’ve heard a lot of good things… and a few mixed thoughts. I was scared that the romance was going to take over the story so if I do pick it up, I’ll be warned. Great review, Zoe.

    1. It was a bit dull unfortunately Rachel, but I hope you find it more entertaining if you decide to pick it up. 🙂 Thank you!

  18. Judging from the cover, it seems like a really good book, so I’m sorry to hear that it was disappointing. Maybe I’ll contemplate more deeply if I will ever read this book. Good review!

  19. I thought the cover was absolutely beautiful, but I’ve heard so many mixed reviews. My sister (who has a very similar book taste to me) DNFed it! I don’t think I’ll be reading this one, especially after your review. I didn’t really want to read it anyway (the plot doesn’t sound very original) – especially not now!

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one, Zoe! Thanks for sharing – a wonderful review, as always 🙂
    Denise | The Bibliolater

    1. Sorry to burst your bubble then Denise! If you ever do decide to pick it up, definitely let me know what you think of it.

  20. Oh my gosh!!yesss!!! When I originally read this, I was on a high, totally loved it. As I sat back and looked back on it… Not so much. I DID NOT LIKE THE ENDING!!! She just walks out and OH! It turns out her mum was lying? Like seriously. Stop. 🙂

    1. So glad I’m not the only one who felt that way Chelsea! And I totally get what you mean about loving a book while you’re reading it and then looking back on it and wondering what in the world you were thinking. 😉

  21. I’m so glad I wasn’t the only one that didn’t like this as much. Although the dialogue between Olly and Maddie was kind of cute, I just felt eh about the whole thing. Plus I didn’t like the “twist” and how everything went down.

    Great, honest review Zoe! This is just one of those books where you either hate it or love it!

    1. You’re definitely not the only one who felt that way Val. It definitely is one of those love ’em or hate ’em books. 😉

  22. Everything, Everything’s synopsis makes me think of a House episode where a girl is confined to her house because of pretty much the same reason! It sounds really interesting, and yeah I’ve heard some rave reviews for it. But, plot is HUGE for me, and I might skip this book, given that there really isn’t any plot. Thanks for reviewing this book, Zoe!

    1. OMG HOUSE. I love that show so much! xD

      And it really is a shame because plot is huge for me too. Sorry this doesn’t seem up your alley either. 🙁

  23. Great review! I keep seeing people telling how much they love this book, it’s refreshing to know that there are some who weren’t as convinced. This book is on my TBR, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever manage to get to it. (Endless TBR problems, haha!) Thank you for this review Zoe! 🙂

    1. That’s what’s so great about blogging – you get a whole different range of opinions. 🙂 Thank YOU for your lovely comment Marie!

  24. Awwh, I was so looking forward to this book – the premise sounded SO interesting. I mean, a book about a girl who’s allergic to EVERYTHING?? Count me in. (I’m also really fond of the name Olly, for reasons I am unaware of). I’m so sorry this read didn’t work on for you :/ That cover is beautiful though. Lovely review, Zoe <3

    1. I’m curious to see what you think of it if you do still decide to read it Nirvana! The cover and premise are what drew me in too. Thank you!

  25. I am sorry you didnt’ like this more. I am usually not a YA contemp fan, but I did like this one. I think because of the way the author told the story. I didn’t like the abrupt ending though.

  26. Awww, I’m so sorry to see this one didn’t work for you, Zoe. I can understand where you’re coming from though… if you don’t feel the romance, the story just won’t work for you. I hope your next read is better for you! ♥

  27. This is one of those books that EVERYONE recommends to me. EVERYONE. See what I did there Zoe, see what I did there?

    I’ve seen this used as an example of well written characters that face adversity, Especially this week since the whole Jennifer Niven uproar. But this sounds like it actually romanticises her illness too. Where is the teen that meets a same sex friend, rather than the potential love interest? Still going to give this one a go though, but honestly not expecting to love it now, or possibly find it emotional. Brilliant review Zoe, loved it! <3

    1. BAHAHA KELLY YOU ARE MY FAVORITE. SO PUNNY.

      Where is the teen that meets a same sex friend, rather than the potential love interest?

      THIS. I think that’s what bothered me too. I mean, I’m all for romance, but the romance here just didn’t click with me. 🙁 I’m curious to see what you think of it though. Thanks Kelly!

  28. Aw, I’m sorry this one didn’t live up to the hype for you. I can definitely see how the plot could get boring pretty quickly. I’m still going to give it a try (maybe the interesting storytelling style will make it work out better for me?), but I’ll lower my expectations a bit so as (hopefully) not to be disappointed.

    1. I’m curious to see what you think of this Emily – it seems to be one of the books that people either love or hate. 🙂

  29. Reading your review on this one was refreshing, because I don’t think I’ve read a bad review on this one! It reminds me of Because You’ll Never Meet Me kind of. I bought this one recently though, thanks for your review Zoe!

  30. I have heard a lot of good things and then there are reviews like yours — people who feel like this book is lackluster and/or that the ending totally defeats all purpose of the book. I’m sorry you felt like this was a trip to Boredomville 🙁 AND! Omg so true that if you don’t really click with the romance then a mostly romance novel just really doesn’t do it for you. Sorry this wasn’t anything spectacular for you, Zoe! ALSO hahaha! Your tags :’D

  31. THANK YOU. I haven’t found another semi-critical or critical review of this book in so long, it’s crazy. I thought this book was so contrived and ridiculous and not researched or thought out at all, and on top of all that, it was boring. The only good part of the entire thing was Olly and Madeline’s relationship as well. 🙁 Hope your next read is better!

    – Eli @ The Silver Words

  32. Yeah, I read this book too. Thank God I was able to return it! It was pretty bad but well written. Predictable. That twist was just annoying. Olly and Maddy? It just didn’t work out. Everyone seemed really one-dimensional.

    The cover shouldn’t be so beautiful. It was what made me buy it.

    1. The predictability and the Olly and Maddy’s relationship was what bothered me too Grace. Sorry it disappointed you too. 🙁

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