Blurb: “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 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 at 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.”
*I was sent this book by the publisher but this in no way affects my review*
I first heard about Everything Everything from a video by the wonderful booktuber padfootandprongs07. She’s rarely wrong about books so when penguinrandomhouse sent me a copy I was over the moon! I used to read YA contemporaries more often than I drew breaths but as I grew older, I found myself exploring other areas of the Young Adult world. However, recently the YA contemporaries released so far this year have been so damn good, how could I possibly resist? Especially when the protagonist loves reading? (SCORE!)
The initial plot idea is something I haven’t read before and that makes it really refreshing to read. Also, it’s what drew me into wanting to read the book. Everything Everything tells the story of Maddie: a seventeen year old with a rare illness which means if she leaves the house she could die. The narrative is from Maddie’s point of view and for the first part of the book, it was a bit weak. I didn’t feel like Maddie was fleshed out enough. This picked up thought when Olly became a more prominent character.
The romance is just what you’d expect: it’s heart-warming, wonderful and left me “awwing” my way through the pages. It shows the positive side of social media building friendships as Instant Messaging becomes one of the only ways Maddie and Olly can communicate. It was lovely watching how comfortable they became with each other.
The writing was elegant, consistent and beautiful. There are so many lines of this book I want to paint on my walls, but if I did that, it would probably be most of the book.
This book is released August/September this year so KEEP AN EYE OUT!
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with my favourite quote from the book:
“One thing I’m certain of: Wanting just leads to more wanting. There’s no end to desire.”
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