Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, 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. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


  • The cute illustrations! The author’s husband created all of the artwork in the book and I think that’s so sweet 🙂
  • Madeline likes to read!
  • This is a quick and easy read. The book itself is thin and there are a lot of half pages and illustration pages.
  • The romance is so cute and fluffy 😀



Thursday, 8:19 P.M. (online chat)
Madeline: Since we’re going to be friends, I have questions: Where are you from? Why do you wear a cap all the time? Is your head oddly shaped? Why do you only ever wear black? Related question: Are you aware that clothing comes in other colors? I have suggestions if you need them. What do you do on the roof? What’s the tattoo on your right arm?
Olly: I have answers: we’re from all over, but mostly the east coast. I shaved my head before we moved here (big mistake). yes. I’m dead sexy in black. yes. none needed, thanks. nothing. barcode
Madeline: What have you got against capital letters and proper punctuation?

Olly’s math says you can’t predict the future. It turns out you can’t predict the past either. Time moves in both directions – forward and backward – and what happens here and now changes both



I finished Everything, Everything in a few hours and loved it! I really liked Madeline as the main character. She’s a bit naive as she experiences stuff for the first time, but not in an annoying way. Everything, Everything made me smile a lot but was also sad at times. Olly and Madeline both have hard issues they must face.

The way this book is written with the illustrations and chat/emails is perfect. I highly recommend this one if you love contemporary romances 🙂

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