No spoilers in this rapid review of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon and David Yoon. I give it 2.5 stars.
Everything Everything has a very interesting premise. The main character, Madeline, has a rare disease that basically means she is allergic to the world. This alone was enough to make me want to pick up the book. (That and the movie of course!)
The beginning and end were fun to read. Madeline’s well-contained life was fascinating and getting to know Olly, the first boy she has ever had the opportunity to like, was enjoyable. The climax and ending were mostly satisfying and maybe even a little unexpected, though, slightly rushed. I, however, didn’t enjoy the middle overly much. Without giving anything away, I’ll just say there was a part that was completely unrealistic to me. A few changes to take it down a notch would have gone a long way in the believability of the story. I almost decided not to finish, but after leaving it alone for a few days, I did pick it up again.
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Was I blown away by this book? No. Would I have been if the change I suggested was made? Probably not. But all in all there were parts that I liked and found interesting and when I finished, I was glad that I had stuck with it.
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