Everything, Everything popped up on my radar when I saw this trailer. It’s being turned into a movie – and it looked really good. So of course, I had to read the book!
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. – Goodreads
The first half of Everything, Everything was great – strong characterization, a cute love story and the positive portrayal of a young woman with a disability living her life in a positive way. I really enjoyed it and would call this book a good solid debut for Yoon. But then… things go sideways.
Because Maddy isn’t sick. This isn’t a book about a young girl living with a disability, it’s about a girl being abused by her mother (due to mental health issues no less). Maddy has been lied to, and is actually healthy enough to go out into the world. Yay! Life is worth living now! /sarcasm
I’m betting that Yoon did this hoping it would be an interesting plot twist, but really it just marginalizes a very real illness and the people who have been diagnosed with it. I really wish Yoon had steered it another way, because the first half really was an enjoyable read.
As for the movie? I’m really not sure if I want to see it anymore.