Everything, Everything 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Novel Rating 5/5 ⭐️ 

Synopsis:

   Risk everything . . . for love.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.

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 heart is too bruised and I want to keep the pain as a reminder. I don’t want sunlight on it. I don’t want it to heal. Because if it does, I might be tempted to use it again.”

 Everything, Everything was such a compelling read to me, honestly. I picked this gem up last year in Target because the cover really pulled me in, also it was 15% off! The absolute biggest bonus about this novel is the interior, if you thought the outside was gripping your attention, then wow will you be amazed with the graphics Nicola Yoon’s husband has created for you. David Yoon’s graphics are outstanding, they seriously scream simple but a major attention grabber. This novel ranks in my top 10 favorites!

Here is a synopsis incase you’ve never heard of this book, I don’t normally do these because, well, I usually like when my blog readers search for the book. To me that peeks more interest when you read a good review on a novel. It’s what I usually do when I read a review about a book!

“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.”

All the characters are really put together well, each complements one another in different ways. Even nurse Carla, I instantly loved her. She gave Maddy hope when it came to loving Olly even if it felt monumentally impossible for them to ever be together. You have to remember going into this novel that basically 98% of the novels setting is based in Maddy’s home. With that being said, I really think it’s a very interesting read despite the limited setting. The page length is about 306 but truly I read Everything, Everything within a day because it’s amazing (obviously!) also because most of the pages are not full chapters. The ending is truly unpredictable, I didn’t see it coming. To be exact, it isn’t the actual ending, more like towards the end but I must say it is shocking. The real end leaves you wanting more than what you get, yet doesn’t that always happen with books like these? The author creates an ending that leaves you to imagine what happens next (I think that I mentioned this in the review for Eleanor & Parkwe don’t always get the endings we hope for. I also found out where I read that interview about ‘endings.’ I’ll talk about it more when I review that book.) Anyways, I recommend this novel as your next read! 

Movie Rating 3/5 ⭐️  

*Spoilers in this part. Please stop reading if you haven’t read the book or watched the movie*

I really enjoyed the movie, truly I did even though I gave it 3 stars. If you’re book obsessed then you know the struggle when one of your favorite books has holes in the movies, you literally notice everything missing. I wanna start off by pointing out one of the key elements (in my opinion) that was missing because it seriously shaped the whole character and then in the movie there was little to no reference to it.

  • Olly: What was missing?  In the novel, you learn Olly has a father who is relatively abusive to him and to his mother and sister. You also learn he drinks a fair amount which triggers the aggression. Also Olly opens up a bit more about it to Maddy then he does in the movie. Now in the movie there is little to no reference of Olly or his families abuse. There is a part where you see an altercation between him and his father but thats mostly it. Besides when Olly and Maddy are in Hawaii and Maddy asks Olly if he has ever asked his mom about leaving. Olly responds with a quote from his mother. That’s all you get. You don’t see the drinking or the abuse happening. It’s practically gone. 

 

  • Olly’s hideout! In the book one of Olly’s favorite places was a spot on his roof where he kept an orrery. In the movie, Olly spends the majority of his time in his room.

 

  • Our spiderman Olly doesn’t exist. There is a scene in the book where Maddy does a handstand and Olly guides (via instructions) because she has never done one before. She ends up falling and Olly catches her. This is the first time they touch. In the movie Maddy is a handstand expert and they don’t touch. 

 

  • In the novel Maddy isn’t friends with Carla’s daughter Rosa. She is only used as a reference when being a typical teen. In the movie there is a scene where Rosa actually comes over and it mentioned that she is the only other person who comes over besides Carla.

 

  • The kissing happens a little after their first touch in the book during a visit. In the movie it happens on the 4th of july when Maddy secretly has Olly come over when her mother is working a double shift at the hospital and Carla apparently has other plans.

 

  • Remember the altercation I was taking about between Olly and his father? Well Maddy sees the fight outside her window and she runs out of her house to see if Olly is okay and unharmed. In the book she becomes sick after, but in the movie she is perfectly okay and he mother talks about how she “could have” gotten sick.

 

  • In the movie Olly covers Maddy’s sunroom with pictures of the ocean and leaves a note in the middle of it. This doesn’t happen in the novel but I will say that it was a cute romantic gesture the producers threw in.

 

  • Maddy doesn’t see the orrery in Olly’s roof hideout before running away to Hawaii. Because shocking IT DOESN’T EXIST.

 

  • in the movie Maddy and Olly do not visit Carla’s home before they take off for Hawaii. But in the novel they stay at Carla’s the night before the trip because Maddy knows she can trust her. 

 

  • Mr. Waterman’s presence is non-existing in the movie. He is the architecture tutor and in the novel he had a pretty big role in Maddy’s life.  

 

  • The sex scene in the movie just happens without a slight mention of a condom. In the novel Olly asks Maddy if she has a condom and to his surprise she actually got one in advanced to their encounter. 

 

  • The truth about Maddy’s sickness in the movie is revealed by a phone call. But in the novel it is delivered by letter from the doctor who treated her in Hawaii.

 

  •  Olly and Maddy’s reunion is simplified in the movie. But in the novel she sends Olly on a scavenger hunt to find her copy of the little prince and once he finds it, she will be waiting. In the movie Maddy finds Olly in between the book racks with a copy of flowers for algernon. They have a conversation and then they are running through the crowds of NYC. 

 

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