Nicola Yoon: Everything Everything – Book Review

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I never actually wanted to read Everything Everything, but I found the book in a used book exchange group and English books are so rare to find there that I just couldn’t miss the opportunity. I don’t regret my choice.

Madeline is a girl who spends her days in her fully sterilized home from where she can’t leave. She has a rare disease which basically makes her allergic to the whole world. Madeline is a nice girl and she keeps on smiling and enjoying what she can, until a new family moves next door with Oliver, the guy who is desperate to get to know the mysterious girl in the neighbourhood. 

I started the book with low expectations, I thought it’s just hyped up too much, but that’s not the case at all! I enjoyed it a lot. 

Madeline is an adorable and loveable protagonist, with amazing thoughts and a complex personality. I instantly felt a connection to her and it was easy to wish her the best while I read the book. 

The book is beautifully written, I found some great new words and expressions. I feel like it was able to give something to me as a writer as well, which is really important in my case. I want to read nicely written books and educate myself from them. 

Now let’s move on to some things that are not that enjoyable, because this book has some problems as well. Gladly they are not that horrible to ruin the experience. 

The love interest, Olly is a pretty basic, edgy, bad boy with muscles and a six-pack. He is not really special, but I guess that’s not a problem in the extraordinary situation we get to meet him. 

The plot twist was okay. It is a huge cliché and I get it, why a lot of people who read the book didn’t like it, but it worked quite alright for me. It definitely surprised me and I guess that’s the point. 

Also I would have really enjoyed reading some more of this story. I would have loved to see more action and more scenes about how Madeline is experiencing the world, when she finally leaves the house. It could have been longer. 

All in all I enjoyed it a lot and it’s four and a half moons out of five from me.


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