Spoilers: This book is EVERYTHING.
The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller
If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.
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.
I’ve had the same favorite book of the year since June. That book is still way up there or probably at least tied with this one, but…man.
First of all, I struggle to just SIT and READ. I don’t have an attention span even though I love to read. However, I couldn’t put this down.
I loved the format. It swaps between normal writing, IM/Email, and pictures/diagrams. Somehow that seem to turn it into a fast read.
But the main thing? I adored this story.
The characters were amazing and I was intrigued by the plot. I was constantly waiting to see what would happen next and how Maddy’s illness would influence the plot in a big way–and it does, of course.
So, here I am at the end of December having a new favorite book of the year. Again, it is probably tied with the previous contender just because I loved the other so much too, but still.
I even find it hard to believe that this is the author’s first novel. This is an AMAZING debut and I can’t wait to see what she does next!
Please please PLEASE do yourself a favor and read Everything Everything if you haven’t done so already. If you have read it then what did you think?