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’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 is the type of YA book I can get behind. Yes, it still had that love at first sight storyline to it that I am getting a little tired of, but it was a little more gradual than the books I’ve read recently. They don’t immediately go into dating and thinking only about each other, there is a bit of a buildup. Considering the life that Madeline has had, never being able to leave the house, it makes more sense that she would become quickly attacked to someone her own age that is interested in her despite her situation.
On top of that, their relationship isn’t the only focus of the book. Madeline’s disease is interesting to read about as well as her relationship with her mother. All this, along with the way that the story is written, with little notes and text conversations between chapters, made me want to keep reading. Unfortunately, it is a quick read and I was done too soon.
The ending of the book I kind of saw coming, in a passing thought kind of way, and I kind of liked it. My only complaint would be that I wish it had been more difficult for her to get to the final conclusion–trying really hard not to give this part away. It felt too easy and quick, considering how big of a deal it was.
Also would’ve loved an epilogue, just saying.
Let me know what you thought of the book or if you’re planning on reading it in the comments!