So in this week’s blog I’m going to be talking about Everything Everything, the book turned movie that I recently read by Nicola Yoon. I had mixed feelings about the book and I’ll tell you why further on!
Everything Everything is about a girl called Maddy who is pretty much allergic to the World. She can’t go outside and her mother, her doctor, is extremely over protective and she even has a nurse called Carla at the house to make sure Maddy is always monitored. This made me quite suspicious but I don’t want to spoil anything!
However, a boy called Olly and his family move next door to Maddy and they soon start messaging and falling in love. Without her mum knowing, Maddy has Olly round her house – after decontamination of course – and they bond to such a degree that Maddy decides he’s more important than living and runs off to Hawaii with him. Don’t ask…
So as I said before, I had mixed feelings about this book because it was so far fetched – not only the disease but also the fact she runs off to Hawaii… I think the only thing that saved this book was the ending.
Maddy falls in love with the nearest guy and then run away together on holiday for a few days after she knows she has a deadly disease. First of all, this is selfish to do to her mum after the trauma she’s been through with her husband and son dying. Second of all, who goes on holiday with a stranger? Third of all, how can she have all this money to go away?!
Anyhow, I think it was too far fetched; of course there are people who are affected like Maddy, but writing a book about disease and romanticizing illness is just…well… sick. It reminded me of All The Bright Places, which I couldn’t stand. I definitely do not like all these new books romanticizing illness and diseases. It is not romantic. It is not an ideal or a fantasy or a fairy tale.
However, the ending made slightly more sense to me but there was so much that was already bizarre, that it felt stupid to add yet another wacky idea. I thought the writing was quite bad, I didn’t warm to any of the characters and after being trapped her whole life, you would think Maddy would be more fascinated with the World when she finally ventures into it.
I haven’t seen the film yet but I hope its a hundred times better than the book. Please tell me what you thought of the book below!
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