Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Beware: Spoilers

Posted February 12, 2016 by Christy || 10 Comments

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Beware: SpoilersEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: Hardback
Source: Purchased

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 normally don’t write a spoiler review, and by normally, I mean EVER.  But, there’s no way for me to express my thoughts on this book without doing so.  So, just in case the title of this post wasn’t clear enough for you.


There, now that we got that out of the way, let’s get down to talking about this book.

I’m going to do this a little different than my normal reviews to make it easier on myself because I’m so torn on this book.  On one hand I really liked it, and on the other, there were so many inconsistencies that I just can’t seem to get over.

What I Liked:

  • Olly: Olly may very well be the only reason why I’m not slinging this book across the room….okay, that may be a little harsh, but OMG, I’m SO frustrated with everything else.  I guess to a certain extent, I’m mad at Olly too because ‘WHY WOULD YOU GO WITH HER TO HAWAII WHEN YOU KNOW SHE COULD FREAKING DIE?’ But he’s also funny and smart and loyal, so it kind of makes it hard to be completely infuriated with him.
  • Writing: The writing was absolutely beautiful and that along with the short chapters made this book an incredibly fast read.

What I Didn’t Like:

  • Everything else: Seriously.
  • SCID: This is a really interesting and I would have LOVED to know more about it, but I guess with that ending there wasn’t any way for that to happen cause the reader would have caught on to what was happening.
  • The Plot Twist: Don’t get me wrong because it was genius, but as a nurse myself, I’m trained to look outside the box and to look at everything as a whole, and broken down, and I think that’s where this book didn’t sit well with me.  I knew things weren’t adding up and yes, in the end everything came together and made sense because Maddy didn’t actually have SCID, but gosh I was so frustrated the rest of the time.
  • Carla: Maddy’s nurse.  I’m not sure if Carla missed the day when we take an oath to protect and advocate for our patients, but she missed the mark by a mile letting her go off and put herself in a position where she could DIE.  And yes, we learn later on that it wasn’t actually that big of a deal cause Maddy isn’t sick, but Carla didn’t know that at the time and she should have known better. I understand what Carla was doing, she just wanted Maddy to live a little, but the nurse in me won’t let me past the part where Carla did nothing to take her out of harms way

Maybe I was a little harsh with everything, but some things just rubbed me the wrong way.  This is just my opinion and based on the ratings it has on GR and all the wonderful things I’ve heard about it, it could very well be a personal issue.  So please don’t let this review keep you from reading this book.  Like I said, the writing is absolutely fantastic and it’s written in such a way that it was a really easy read, I just couldn’t get past a few things.

Everything, Everything was a book that I have been looking forward to since it’s release, unfortunately it wasn’t what I was hoping for.


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10 responses to “Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | Beware: Spoilers

  1. Mel

    I didn’t have the same problem with this particular book, but I completely understand what you mean. I get really nitpicky if a book has anything marine science related. I think it is a personal thing because you know it’s not correct, but it may not be common knowledge.

  2. Well I’m glad you said it first cause I felt the same exact way after reading this book! I’ve been stuck for weeks on how to write my review because I did actually really like it, it was cute and I agree with your stance on Olly, I adored him! The plot twist, for me, was so completely obvious right from the beginning so that deterred my enjoyment somewhat since it seemed SO obvious. But I agree with everything you said, if Olly and Carla really loved her and cared for her, how could they put her life in such risk? And not once, but several times! I did like the book though and can see why everyone loved it, it just missed the mark for me. Great review Christy and I’m glad I’m not the only one who felt this way 🙂

  3. I just scanned this since you said it has spoilers (thanks for the warning!) but I still can’t decide if I want to read this or not. Too many people haven’t loved it so it makes me so leery of it.

  4. I AM ABSOLUTELY 100% WITH YOU ON THIS. I MIGHT JUST FLAIL RIGHT NOW BECAUSE MY REVIEW MATCHES YOURS SOOOO MUCH AND NO ONE ELSE SEEMS TO THINK LIKE US. *hi fives* XDXD I just couldn’t even when that nurse let Maddy go off. I mean, fine, she wasn’t sick? bUT THE NURSE DIDN’T KNOW THAT. Like “yes darling, it’s better to have a nice holiday in Hawaii for 2 days and DIE then live life, go off now poppet”. I just…I really couldn’t take it with this book. Plus I spent the WHOLE book thinking it was horribly researched because the book didn’t seem to know even two things about allergies. I have a lot of allergies (obviously not to the level of SCID ha) but Maddy wasn’t even following the basic principles. Like what was she supposedly allergic to…COLOUR?!?!? Why the heck was everything white? NUNGNNGHGHH. *ahem*

    (Olly was the only saving grace. Adorable Olly.<3)

    So basically yes and yes and yes to your review. XD

  5. WOW – I haven’t read this book, and I wasn’t planning to – but man, I can see why you were so frustrated! Especially since you’re a nurse, you have an understanding of what that’s supposed to entail… :/ I love how you used your own background knowledge whilst reading, but yeah sadly, that helped detract you from the book 🙁 Hope you find a better read you can enjoy more! 🙂

  6. Aww I am so sorry that this didn’t work for you! I really loved it, BUT I do totally get why people don’t. I was just so enamored with the characters that the other stuff kind of didn’t matter as much- plus I liked the way it turned out, really. I need to skim through it again too because I am foggy on the Carla stuff, I remember loving her. It’s been a long time since I read it though, and I don’t know why I thought she knew? Or like, was pretty sure? Because otherwise, you’re right, that is NOT cool. Hope that your next book is MUCH better for you!

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