hey guys! it’s been way too long since i’ve posted a review. i’ll probably start posting more frequently once school’s over so i can catch up with reviews.
i also changed my rating system a bit, so that’s why it looks different. i now use 4-5 sub-ratings (characters, character development, plot, writing, and romance (if applicable)) and take the average of those for the overall rating. okay, let’s get to the review!
everything, everything by nicola yoon (tw: domestic violence/abuse)
overall rating: 4.2/5
character development: 4.5/5
genre: YA, contemporary, romance
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.
i definitely loved the concept of this book! it’s interesting how the main character, maddie, is essentially trapped inside her house. her personality is also very unique, since she hasn’t really been exposed to the world. some of the other characters, particularly olly and carla, are also very likable. the character development is very clear, and maddie’s personality definitely changes. she takes more risks (as implied by the cover), and she’s more outgoing. i liked that the change isn’t too sudden, which makes it seem more realistic.
the plot is interesting, and it definitely kept me hooked. i’m not sure if i finished the book in one sitting, but i know i finished it the same day i started reading. the pacing is good, and the book is really easy to read. there’s also a huge plot twist at the end, which i wasn’t expecting at all. the writing is nice, but nothing special. its simplicity allowed me to read the book quickly, which i liked. i also loved the little sketches and inserts, like emails and text messages.
finally, i really enjoyed the romance! maddie and olly’s relationship is super cute, and they really complemented each other’s personalities. the romance wasn’t TOO insta-lovey, since there’s a decent amount of build-up.
overall, everything, everything is perfectly short and sweet, and i would definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a contemporary with a few twists.
have you read this? what did you think?