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Everything, Everything

In YA Book Reviews on February 23, 2016 at 8:37 pm

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by Nicola Yoon

YA Contemporary Fiction/©2015/310 Pages/Recommended for Ages 12+

Publisher’s Comments (Courtesy of Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

As it turns out, Everything, Everything is a most appropriate title. This compelling, coming-of-age story does, indeed, have everything. The characters are truly memorable, right up there with Eleanor and Park, and Augustus and Hazel. The plot is engaging and definitely NOT predictable. As the story unfolds through its short chapters, sticky notes, diary entries, and clever choice of graphics, it grabs the reader and just doesn’t let go. Avid readers will especially appreciate all the book references, especially The Little Prince ones that pop up from beginning to end.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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