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.
Everything, Everything did not quite live up to my expectations as much as I wanted.
Nicola Yoon amazed me with her book The Sun is Also A Star when I read it this past summer. When I heard one of her books would become a movie (and super soon) I knew I had to jump on it. When I jumped, however, I did not fall as in love as I did with The Sun is Also a Star. The way of storytelling is completely different for each book and, therefore, not truly comparable to one another.
I did like Everything, Everything but it was not a 5-star read. The characters of Maddy and Olly had such a depth to them. I fell in love with their characters, especially Maddy. Her character felt relatable on every aspect (except the rare disease thing) and level. I picked up this book, expecting a girl who was boy crazy and only focused on the boy. Instead, Nicola Yoon wrote a girl who was exactly like me. This is what I loved about the book. Olly helped Maddy discover a different side of her. Yes, their romance takes center-stage for the majority of the book. In moments, however, it doesn’t. Those are the moments I enjoyed the most. The flirting and joking between the duo made me smile and it felt like summer.
I did not see the plot twist coming, but I knew something was going to come that would be bigger than Maddy simply leaving. And I knew it would have something to do with her mother. I just… did not expect what actually happened. I can’t wait to see how they portray the scene in the movie and what will happen for the ending. Because, despite many people not liking the ending, I did like it. It gave their story opportunity to become anything and everything. It can become everything, everything. 😉
What did you think about Everything, Everything? Did you read Nicola Yoon’s other book, The Sun is Also a Star? What are your thoughts on her writing? Are you excited for the movie to come out? Let me know in the comments below!
Much love, XOXO,
~A Writer Named Charley~