Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Page Count: 320
Maddy is allergic to the world; stepping outside the sterile sanctuary of her home could kill her. But then Olly moves in next door. And just like that, Maddy realizes there’s more to life than just being alive. You only get one chance at first love. And Maddy is ready to risk everything, everything to see where it leads.
Written from Maddy’s perspective, the book is written like a journal detailing her thoughts and experiences. There are snippets of blog post entries from her book reviews as well as doodles she’s drawn on the pages which really makes you feel like you’re reading her diary.
I’ve decided to change up this section of my review and answer some ‘book club’ type questions… if you’ve read this book it’s be great if you could answer the questions too so we can compare our responses!
Carla tells Maddy that “you’re the strongest, bravest person I know.” Do you agree? In what sense is Maddy brave?
I think Maddy is very brave to risk her life just like that, she doesn’t agonize over the decision or doubt herself and I think that is brave.
At one point, Maddy tells her mother, “I am not lonely I am alone. Those things are different.” Do agree with her distinction between alone and loneliness?
I absolutely agree with this, you can be lonely when you’re surrounded by people so of course the same can be said for the reverse. In Maddy’s situation, she didn’t have the option of going to make friends and reach out to anyone, she was stuck in that house with her mum as the guard.
Risking for love is a major theme of this story. Is love worth risking everything for? Nearly everyone in this book risks something When is risk worthwhile, and when is it irresponsible …and how you can know which it is?
I 100% think love is worth risking everything for, what kind of life can you have without love? I don’t think anyone should live their life without risk, you wouldn’t ever have any excitement, fun and adventure which to me is exactly what life’s about.
Rating out of 5: 4
Here’s another book you might enjoy: How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst