Once Upon a Bookshelf – Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I finished this book last week and I’m still deciding how I feel about it. We’ve seen the premise before; a person is secluded, finds love, breaks the rules, loses love, but gets love back.

(Jake Gyllenhaal – Bubble Boy).

This story did have a nice twist, though.
Everything in the book is described perfectly – how white and clean and sterile. It’s a great contrast to the description of Maddy’s love interest, Olly. He wears all black, has a crazy amount of confidence, and can pretty much climb everything. When you’re living at home and you only have contact with 2 people, anything can seem great.

I’m going to be honest – nothing in this story really stood out to me except the ending.


The fact that Maddy isn’t actually sick but her mom is completely threw me off. Her mother has already lost her husband and her son and can’t think about losing Maddy so she convinces herself that Maddy is sick. And she’s a doctor! She’s so deluded that she thinks she’s done nothing wrong.

This brings up so many more questions and discussions about parents with mental illnesses. I wish the book focused more on that at the end instead of just having Maddy leave her behind.

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