Audiobook Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Posted on 10/20/2015 in Book Review / 7 Comments

Audiobook Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
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four-half-stars

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.\r\nBut 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.\r\nMaybe 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.\r\n

 

“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”

  You know how sometimes a book really surprises you? You start reading, not knowing exactly what to expect, and before you know it, you’re all in. You love the characters, the writing, the story… That’s exactly what happened to me with this book. It popped up on a list of anticipated YA books for the fall, it had a cool cover and an interesting premise, and I decided to give it a shot. And I’m so glad I did! Right away, I was drawn in. I quickly loved the quirky, eloquent Madeline – so curious about the world, even though she could never leave her house. With only her mom (who is also her doctor) and her nurse for company in her sterile house, Madeline spends most of her time reading books.   Once Olly moves in next door, Madeline’s world begins to change. She begins allowing herself to dare to hope, to believe that just maybe, there could be more in her life. For the first time, she has a friend. I loved the exchanges between the two of them, the IMs and Olly’s antics at the window to make her laugh. Madeline may be very sick, but she always struck me as being full of life. Obviously Olly complicates all sorts of things, including Maddy’s relationship with her mom and her satisfaction with her own quality of life.   Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon took me by surprise. First by how much I loved it, and then again with the twist at the end of the book. I was prepared to ugly cry my way through the last few chapters. I thought I knew exactly where we were heading, but I was wrong. Were there some plot holes? Sure. There were definitely some things that I questioned, but overall I completely adored this book. It’s so much more than just a sick-girl-falls-in-love story – it has humor, depth, and interesting, diverse characters. I enjoyed the different mediums that the story used – emails, IMs, journals, blogs, etc. I didn’t feel like anything was lost in the audiobook, although I would like to see the drawings that were in the book. The narrator was wonderful and was the perfect voice for Maddy.  This one will bring on all the feels – I highly recommend!  

“I was trying so hard to find the single pivotal moment that set my life on its path. The moment that answered the question, ‘How did I get here?’ But it’s never just one moment. It’s a series of them. And your life can branch out from each one in a thousand different ways. Maybe there’s a version of your life for all the choices you make and all the choices you don’t.”

   

four-half-stars
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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.

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