Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a young adult contemporary romance with very little going on. I wanted to love this book, I really did but I just couldn’t. Though overall, in my opinion the book isn’t too great, it does have some excellent aspects.
The humor and the light hearted dialogue of the characters was lovely, especially since the Madeline, the main character, has this very dangerous highly fatal disease. She had a great sense of humor and I think that serves as proof for the fact that no matter how dark a situation gets, you can always make it light. The story is told in first person and the main character has a very strong, funny voice which makes the read all the more enjoyable.
Since this is a YA, like most others, it has a love plot. While there were some very cutesy scenes and very cheesy dialogues, I wasn’t a big fan of this. It was very insta love and to me, from their talks, they seemed more friends than anything else. It was also very disappointing to see how the main character was so weak and changes only and solely because of the boy. She has no spine of her own and that was a little bit frustrating.
I liked the mother daughter scenes in the book, a good family dynamic in a novel is always appreciable. But at some points I felt like Madeline’s maid was more her mother than the real mother.
What really made this book stand out from every other mediocre insta love young adult book was the illustrations. They gave the book character, it’s not often that we see many illustrated books so this was great. A major part of the book was also in email/IM form which was also a lot of fun to read.
One thing I felt that could have been better explained was the actual disease that Madeline had. If the consequences and symptoms of SCID could be better explained, I might have sympathised with the main character more.
The end of the book seemed a little bit rushed and felt a bit incomplete. Some of the issues, in my opinion, were not completely resolved.
Overall, Everything, Everything is, for me, another over hyped too cliché contemporary. For a debut novel, this is brilliant – I wasn’t the biggest fan of the storyline but the dialogue and the beautiful, simple writing makes up for it.