I was sceptical, I have to admit. The title caught my eye because I had watched the trailer of the upcoming movie already. I was unaware the book existed until I found out that Nick Robinson and Amandla Stenberg were adopting the fictional roles of Maddy and Olly. (Nick will continue his YA movie magic as Simon Spier next year for ‘Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ – my eyes tear up as I am overcome with emotional excitement.)
“You don’t exist if no one can see you.”
I pride myself in reading the book before I watch the movie adaptation, and although only the trailer, I felt like I had already formed an opinion on the storyline of ‘Everything, Everything’. Nevertheless, I devoured the book within 3 hours and applauded Nicola Yoon.
“Love can kill you and I’d rather be alive than out there living.”
Maddy, allergic to the world, lives in a bubble – her home, never having gone to real school or had friends her own age when Olly moves in next door. Paired with his dysfunctional living environment and strangely intriguing ways, Olly resiliently manoeuvres his way into Maddy’s shut-off life.
“I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.”
Maddy’s strength, positivity and gratitude constantly broke my heart. She lives with so little, and yet values every detail her life: books, school, her mother, her caretaker Carla, and of course, Olly. Despite Maddy’s sickness fighting against them, they embark on a journey of love and self-discovery, learning that love may be worth the risk, but it can surely kill you.
Thoughts: Worth the read, and will definitely be taking a box of tissues into the movie theatre with me at the end of the month!