Hello, everyone! Today, I’m going to be reviewing Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a book about a special snowflake who meets a special snowflake and we join them on their special snowflake-ness-full love story and journey.
Madeline has a life threatening disease-allergy. She is allergic to everything. Anything could potentially lead to her death. She is half Asian and half African-American. She thinks herself to be awkward and normal looking. Unique, hot boy Olly moves in next door. He even does cool parkour tricks. They both start emailingand thus begins their cutesy love story.
Sickly protagonist who’s never dated before? √
Guy who’s unique? √
Insta-love/attraction that the protagonist cannot explain? √
Over-all boring book? √
There’s such a thing as trying too hard.
I have the same dilemma I had with The Fault In Our Stars-forgettable characters and plot line. Seriously, the protagonist is like a boiled noodle. Boring, and I really don’t care about her life which is equally boring pre and post love. Honestly, I wouldn’t have cared even a tiniest bit if she had kicked the bucket. I felt no sadness and no emotional attachment to her. I don’t feel bad for her. She is sheltered and privileged and has the personality of a bland salt cracker.
Contemporary? Not my favourite genre. But when I do read books, I prefer to read ones that would emotionally devastate me and topple my whole world. I want to think about the plot, the characters, the begin and the end for days to come. That’s the kind of contemporaries I like. Something that has a bit more element to it except the cliched special snowflakes falling in love.
Maybe I would have given the book a 3 star rating the book if it wasn’t for the ‘amazing’ plot twist. Their love wasn’t very amusing, but it was certainly non-achievable(right? She is allergic to everything, including Olly. It has to be). But then it turns into EVERY YA ROMANCE EVER. What the hell?
This is a widely acclaimed book, ya’ll. Somehow. Because I have no idea how it got a 4.20 rating on Goodreads. AND received a Kirkus Star.
In conclusion, Everything, Everything is a book written by an author who tried to follow in the footsteps of The Fault In Our Stars and All The Bright Places and failed miserably.
All I can hope for is that she work with a better plot line in the future.