I read this YA novel at the recommendation of a coworker and because of the recent movie staring Amandla Stenberg, who also played Rue in The Hunger Games. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is the story of Maddy, who is sealed off in her house due to an extreme illness. Literally, anything from the world could kill her. But then Olly moves in next door and she has to ask herself what she would do for love.
One of my favorite parts about this novel is the multiple formats used to tell the story. There are journal entries, blogs, plane tickets, drawings, and many other creative ways that Yoon created the narrative. This also made the novel pass extremely quickly. Most of the “chapters” were just a few pages. It felt almost more like a scrapbook of her experience. While a device like this can feel kitschy, it actually drew me deeper in to the novel. It was like I stumbled upon a stranger’s mashed-up diary and learned about her through it.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel. It could have easily gone on too long, but I felt like one complete story. I can’t wait to watch the movie so I can compare the two. I feel like this story will translate extremely well to the big screen.