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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I love this cover, it's so beautiful

Rating: 3/5

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 clichΓ© 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.


10 thoughts on “Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

    1. I was a little hesitant posting this because everyone else seemed to love it but well, it’s a review and this was just my opinion πŸ™‚ have you had a chance to read this yet?

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      1. Hope you enjoy it more than I did. Let me know what you think of it once you’re done with it! πŸ™‚ I loved discussing We Were Liars with you all those months ago.

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  1. Love your honest review! I haven’t read this yet though I’m planning too. But with your review, maybe it will not be soon. I feel sorry for my sister whom I urged to buy the book thinking it was so good considering the warm reception it got from other readers.

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    1. A lot of people really enjoyed it but I just didn’t. I hope that if/when you read it, you have a better experience than I did. πŸ™‚ The writing is brilliant though. πŸ™‚


  2. This book has been receiving ratings all over the spectrum (mostly on the higher end though). I gave this one 4 stars, but I can totally see your perspective. I wasn’t a big fan of the somewhat instalove romance at first but I guess it grew on me. Plus, I was pretty okay with it since I couldn’t think of how Yoon could intertwine the couple’s fate otherwise. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, great review, Shotobhisha!

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    1. The romance did have it’s moments but I just wasn’t the biggest fan. I do see your point though, the only possible way to introduce Olly as a love interest is in the clichΓ© romeo and Juliet falling in love at first sight way. πŸ˜‰ Still looking forward to reading more by Yoon soon (unintentional rhyme :P)

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