Book review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Author: Nicola Yoon

Publication date: Septermber 1, 2015

Publisher: DelaCorte

Format: Kindle

Pages: 320

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Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love. -Goodreads

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My thoughts

Madeline Whittier, has SCID or Severe Combined Immune Deficiency Disease, where the immune system was very weak that Maddy prevents her mother, who was a Doctor to go outside. She was not allowed to have a physical contact to other persons except if the person undergoes decontamination. Aside from her mother, her nurse Carla was the only persons who accompanied Madeline. Until, she got seriously curious to the new neighborhood. But she didn’t expect that eventually, it would change her life.

I grab this book because of the reason that I need to read some light story, because I want to break from something and to avoid reading slumps. But thank God, I am easily indulged in this book and I ended liking this one.

These are the things that I liked in this book:

  1. Characters – It was not hard for me to love the characters in the book. They were lovable and their wittiness was contagious. Though, I noticed that their characters seems flat from start to finish. In short, there was no character development for them.
  2. Story – A light and very inspiring book to read. It gave me inspirations that really touch my heart.

But, there still something a little bit off.

There were no exciting parts in the story; if the characters don’t have development in the book, the story as well. Yes, I liked this one, but if I ask myself, “how the story went?” I will answer that it was okay, but there was no special events in the story that really dig in my brain. Nicola Yoon, successfully delivered a story that was a light and meaningful read. But, if it starts as a simple story, it also ended as plain story.

All in all, I am still glad that I read this one. 3.5 stars is my rating.

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3.5 Stars

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