• Mya B

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Updated: Jul 24

Rating: 4.5/5 stars


I started this book back in 2018 and it took me three years to finish it, but I'm glad I did.


I really liked the book. I did watch the movie a bunch of times while I was in the middle of reading it. I couldn't help myself, I love Amanda Stenberg and Anika Nonki Rose.


Everything, Everything is about 18-year-old Madeline Whittier who is being treated for a severe disease named SCID. She can't leave her house or she'll die and if she did she would "spontaneously combust" and honestly I feel like that would happen to me too if I didn't leave for a month. The only people she ever sees/interacts with are her mother Dr. Pauline Whittier and her nurse, Carla. One day, a moving truck arrives next door. Madd gets to "meet" Oliver "Olly" Bright and tries to live life outside the four walls of her home for once in years.


I know my description probably didn't describe the book well enough, but that's how I interpreted it as. I absolutely loved this book. I loved Nicola's writing and how each character was drawn out, especially the relationship between Maddy, her mother, Carla, and Olly.


I rated this 4.5 because it was good, but then I started comparing it to the movie and I have to say the book was way better. I did listen to the audiobook and loved the narrator and the rest of the cast. This might be a spoiler so I suggest if you haven't read the book to please scroll down to the end of the review.


I loved how Nicola wrote the mom going to therapy after Maddy found out about her actually dying sick. I wish to know more about Olly and Maddy's relationship. Like to do they last in the long run, does Maddy and Olly go to college together and get married all this happy ever after stuff. I also really want to know how Maddy's immune system is handling it since mommy dearest was lying about Maddy being sick with a deadly rare disease and not grieving over the death of her husband and son and coming to terms with the fact that they are in a better place.


I do hope you like this book as much as I did. I am going to read The Sun Is Also a Star probably this year if not definitely next year and review the movie as well. I didn't compare the novel to the movie as I would usually do, but it was good from what I can remember. There were a few things I would have changed.

  1. Maddy's swimsuit was not yellow, it was a floral pattern.

  2. She bought the swimsuit online

  3. She never mentions to Olly about the pills she claims to buy online before they went on their trip to Hawaii

There are many more things I would list out but we would be here forever, so I'm cutting it short.


The next few books I'm going to be reading and hopefully completing this month is The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, and Lovely War by Julie Berry.

I'm reading Six of Crows for my book club, I made a bookmark for it, so if you want one you can message me on here or on my Instagram.

Right now I'm going to try to read at least one of these books and will get back to you guys with a Currently Reading Update. Hope you all are having a fun and safe summer. Happy Reading.

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