I have to say I’m a bit disappointed in myself because I haven’t read that many books this year yet, and we’re already halfway through the year. It’s sad because I do love reading so much, but for some reason, I can’t seem to read that much. One of the books though that I did read, was Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and this has become one of my favourite books ever. I bought this book a while ago when it was part of the Zoella book club. I got it simply because Zoe recommended it and because of the gorgeous cover. Can we just have a moment to admire this cover… it is so simple, yet so beautiful and when you have read the book it also makes perfect sense. It really fits the story well and it’s just gorgeous to look at.
Everything, everything is about a girl called Madeline who is literally allergic to the outside world. She has to stay inside her house 24/7 and hasn’t left the house in 17 years. Her life is not what the life of a teenager should be. But then a new family moves next door, including teenage boy Olly and he really wants to talk to Madeline. They start chatting over the internet and that is where this beautiful story begins.
I really loved the book immediately. Some books need some time to pull you in, this one was a page-turner from the very first page. It’s such a sad story, but beautiful at the same time. I can’t imagine what it must be like to not be able to come outside of your house. What kind of life is that? I loved how Olly brought a little bit of light to Madeline’s life, something new and fresh and exciting. Which is obviously quite rare when you’re confined to your house and don’t see anyone else but your mom and your caretaker. And then there is a huge plot twist, which I’m obviously not going to say anything about. I do not want to spoil it for you. But let’s just say it was huge, amazing and it completely took me by surprise.
I can’t express how much I really love this book. Everything was perfect – see what I did there, little cheeky wink to the title… It is beautifully written, fast-paced, it has lovely characters and a surprising plot twist. Basically all the ingredients you need for a great book. I finished it in a couple of hours, I just couldn’t put it down and even thinking about it now – I read this a couple of months back – it still puts a smile on my face. That’s how much I loved it.
There are also a lot of inspiring quotes in this book. I marked a couple, but I probably could have marked the whole book;
“Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.”
“You’re not living if you’re not regretting.”
“Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.”
“My heart is too bruised and I want to keep the pain as a reminder. I don’t want sunlight on it. I don’t want it to heal. Because if it does, I might be tempted to use it again.”
“Into all lives, a little turbulence must fall.”
I can really recommend this book to you. I’m pretty sure you will not regret reading this. And it’s not that long, so it won’t take up to much time to read. Although to be fair, Nicola Yoon could have put a couple more hundred pages in and I would have devoured it. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, but as I’m writing this I’m currently reading The Sun is also a Star by her and so far it’s really good, so there might be a post soon about that one as well. But before that happens, PLEASE go read this book!
Ps. this book has now been turned into a movie as well. I still haven’t seen it because it’s not in cinema yet in The Netherlands, but I really want to. I’m just scared that I’m going to be disappointed because I love the book so much. Watch the trailer here.