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Publisher's Note:

If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more. 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…

Everything, Everything

by Nicola Yoon

Overall Book Review:

Have you ever been anticipating a book for what seems like forever, and then when you read it, it doesn’t live up to your expectations? This doesn’t happen to me often, but when it does, I wonder why I thought the book would be so good, and it wasn’t. This was the case with Everything, Everything.

I have heard some glowing reviews of this book, so maybe I am alone in my opinion that this book could have been more–or at least that it was lacking. What turned me off the most was how unlikely a few of the scenes were. There is only so much I will believe in a book that is not marketed as “fantasy” and this book was definitely not fantasy. I enjoyed the concepts that the author introduced, but some of them just didn’t cut it in the believability area.

That being said, this book is a fun read that I am glad I didn’t miss, even if I wasn’t as blown away as I thought I would be. I still read a book that had a good story, even if it wasn’t as solid as it should have been. This book also has a few themes that are a bit tough, which is always something that I think teens crave. Other than the fact that there are definitely underlying sexual feelings going on between two teens throughout this book (see content review below), I think younger teens would enjoy this book, as well as older teens, and maybe even adults.

Review of Advance Reader Copy

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  17 religious exclamations; 10 religious profanities; 2 scatological words; 3 derogatory names.

Violence/Gore:  A minor has a deadly illness; a man is verbally and physically abusive to his family on several occasions in different scenes (reports of him yelling, smashing items, and verbally threatening wife and children); a character mentions their father is dead; a character has a nightmare that is frightening to her; a minor has a serious situation involving allergies and her environment, she is rushed to a hospital.

Sex/Nudity:  Minors kiss on multiple occasions, these situations involve brief kisses and a few “make out” sessions; a minor girl undresses in front of a boy she likes, in a prelude to sex; a minor girl observes shirtless male surfers; a minor boy realizes he will have to sleep in the same bed as a minor girl he likes; a minor boy touches a minor girls breasts in a sexual encounter that they are both involved in; a minor boy and girl undress in front of each other; a minor girl observes her own body in a mirror in a skimpy swimsuit, and then shows her boyfriend what she looks like in it; two minors are undressed and have sex in a scene that spans several pages off and on with some brief, slightly descriptive detail.

Mature Subject Matter:

Premarital sex, teenage sex, lies, deception, serious illness, separation in marriage.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A minor girl smokes in secret; a girl observes a teen smoking; a man drinks excessively; a man is seen holding a beer and drinking from it; a man is described to be drunk.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.