Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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.
First thing I have to say about this book is that I picked it up because of the hype of the film, and that probably wasn’t the best idea in hindsight. I should have looked at the book in more detail and I might have saved myself a little of the disappointment. But what’s done is done.
The one thing about this book is it’s a trope through and through. Which isn’t always a bad thing, but I will say the characters in this book were dimensionless and unbelievably shallow. I think the thing that annoyed me the most was how underdeveloped the themes were and how ridiculous the outcome was on all of them. I struggled especially with the domestic abuse storyline, the idea that they live like that only to discover that things had to change when a random girl comes into their lives. It made my stomach turn a little bit. Plus mental illness was handled badly in my opinion and I struggled with how it was portrayed and almost glanced over. Probably my least favourite part of the book.
Out of all the controversial parts of this book the characters had some redeeming factors and I enjoyed the development of the relationship over IM. It was cutesy and it definitely made me smile more than the other parts of the book. I suppose as part of the generation that grew up with the MSN craze it was nice to see it make a reemergence.
My favourite character in Everything Everything had to be Carla, she had to be the only one in the book who seemed to have any resemblance of a normal life! It was ridiculous at times and Carla was a breath of fresh air. I didn’t always agree with her choices but she was the most believable character in the entire and seeing as she was a secondary character that says something about the rest of the book doesn’t it?
Least favourite character in Everything Everything had to be Ollie, he was so one dimensional he almost disappeared. There was a lot of insta-love and gooeyness that I just couldn’t stand. Maybe it’s because I’m a cynical one and can’t believe that someone that perfectly matched to Maddie just happened to move in next door.
Recommendation wise Everything Everything is not a book I would recommend the depth in which serious issues are discussed is extremely shallow and the idea of a situation changing based on one person never sits well with me.
Did you get swept up in the hype for this book? What was your honest opinion? Let me know in the comments!