Everything Everything is an impact-full unpredictable read, going into this book I felt as if it would be another tragic love story with a death that would destroy me at the end. I was happy to be wrong. The storyline of Madeline and her SCID (a disease causing a very weak immune system, which gives Madeline the inability to fight off infection, forcing her to remain in her home), was very well planned out and was an interesting take on a force that tears two people apart. I had never read a book that involved SCID, seeing a relationship develop non traditionally because of no physical interaction made it all the more real. Olly wasn't concerned with Madeline physically he was interested in her mentally and emotionally which was refreshing.
The book also boasts diversity in that Madeline is Japanese and African American, Representation Matters!!
The diction and structure made the book a breath of fresh air, and incredibly hard to put down. Everything Everything is not a typical trivial love story, what you may expect to happen turns out completely differently.
I was entranced with Nicola Yoon's airy writing style which made everything flow together like a work of art, accompanied by the drawings illustrating Madeline's day to day feelings which made me connect even more to the characters. Going into this book, I did not expect to become so attached to the characters because of its size, however, the drawings seemed to give me a glimpse into Madeline's mind which made me very happy.
This book, being Nicola Yoon's first, was impeccable, it clearly showcased her writing style and creativity as the drawings and diction burst trough the bindings of the book. The characters were limited, which correlated to how Madeline's life is like, she knows few people because of her SCID.
One of my favorite things about the book was the messages between Olly and Madeline, which really portrayed so much about both characters. In each message bubble the reader finds something new within the character, the connection that developed between them was truly something real and not to mention adorable.
Some of the plot was somewhat irrational, including the fact that she did not seem surprised or scared when she bought two plane tickets to Hawaii and experienced the world for the first time. I felt like this point in the plot was unrealistic, a person with SCID would probably be either in awe of the world or be intensely afraid of it. Madeline was too non nonchalant about leaving inside of her home, which is the only thing she had known for more than half of her life, to being in and experiencing everything the world has to offer. I felt as if this point in the plot was just placed there in order to move the story along in a very severe way.
Nicola Yoon then made up for the sudden lapse in plot judgement by giving the reader reason to be suspicious about Madeline's mother, at this point in the plot the story went from being lighthearted and about young love to being dark and twisty. Madeline's mother gave me evil mom from Coraline vibes toward the end which made the story way more exciting. By the end of the book I was pleading for more explanation pertaining to the mother, just like Madeline felt hurt and betrayed so did I. I couldn't fathom why the mother would put Madeline in such precarious situations.
By the end of the book Madeline had uplifted herself and began to live her life again, which I found wholesome and all encompassing. When Madeline and Olly meet again in a used book shop I couldn't help but smile at the pages, seeing young love stitch its way back together again, the way the story began is the way the story ended and I appreciated that both Madeline and Olly got the happiness that they both desperately deserve.
I highly recommend this book, not only is it nontraditional but it also boasts lighthearted humor, amazing illustrations (I mean look at that cover) and a warm ending that will inevitably make you're heart happy, as it did mine. Nicola Yoon is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors.