on September 1st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 307 pages
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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.
Everything, Everything is kind of a hard review for me to write. Not because it’s hard because of personal issues, but it’s hard because the words just doesn’t want to seem to come out. The book was engaging and suspenseful. I was intrigued by Maddy’s character the moment we meet her especially of her allergic reaction to everything. The illustrations in this book was a bonus touvh. But when I was rereading the summary I was a bit confused by it because if Maddy is allergic to the world as she say she is then she would have to be completely isolated. Even the comfort of her home isn’t safe for her to be in. Anyways, can you imagine being stuck in your house for 17 years with no contact from the outside world? Okay, besides the fact that you have the internet…still though, I can only be inside my house for three days before it drives me crazy, but imagine…17 years is a long time.
Maddy doesn’t have a choice unless she wants to die. Until she meets Olly, who moves into the house next to hers. I wasn’t quite sure about their romance at first because she’s stuck inside and there’s no way for them to even form some kind of relationship if she’s always inside looking out. I liked seeing Maddy becoming bolder as the book progressed to the point where only texting is not enough and her relationship with Olly grows from wanting to see him in person to running away with him, even if it’s just for a moment. There are flaws in this book though. I mean if Maddy is allergic to the world as she says she is then how can she still be alive in her house. She shouldn’t even be alive, but the thing is she doesn’t question this. The ending was pretty dramatic. I enjoyed the buildup of it and while I understood her mother’s intention of wanting the best for her daughter after everything that’s happened in the past, I thought it was kind of harsh of Maddy not to forgive her and yet at the same time I can see why she chose not to forgive.
Anyways, the illustrations added a nice touch to the novel. It makes it more personal and more like a diary. I also ended up watching the movie adaptation for this book and I thought it was pretty good despite the fact that there were times where the actors felt like they were just memorizing from a script and didn’t really put enough emotions into it.