Book Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

*May contain spoiler*

If you’re prepared and wanting to read a book that will honestly shake your core then Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is the book for you. The novel evolves around a young 18 year old girl, who has the misfortune of having a rare disease. One that could actually kill her if she ever stepped out of the threshold of her home. However, all is not what it seems as we follow Madeline Whittier into the depths of her life.

In a space of a couple sentences, the reader witnesses Madeline Whittier fall in love with the boy next door, escape with said boy to another country and finds out she’s being living a whole life. Before picking up the book, I read a few reviews and people discussing the plot but no one ever talked about one particular point. A point that literally left me on a rampage once I finally read the last sentence on the last page.

{Now, this is the part I warn you that there is a bit of a spoiler enclosed. Okay, it’s a major spoiler.}

One day, a family moves in to the empty house next door. A beginning of the cliché boy next door romance begins with the protagonist, Madeline and the boy from next door, Olly. It’s actually even like the beginning of a modern online relationship because due to Maddy’s illness, both character begin to talk from the safety of the internet.

Through out the entire book, we go through the words , believing Madeline is seriously ill. Every second had my heart thumping out of my chest because I was honestly afraid that the cute love story would end with her death. Nope, it just ended with my heart stopping for a second.

While on a run-away holiday with her semi-boyfriend (Do they ever officially label themselves?), Olly, Madeline falls ill. It isn’t until she’s safely at home, back in her little extra sterile home, we, as long with the character, find out that she never did have a life threatening illness. Her mother just lied to her for 18 years and kept her away from the world. I don’t know about you but I can hear the abuse sirens going off.

After the death of her father and brother, Madeline’s mother struggled to cope with her grievances. It isn’t until the end of the book, we actually see how badly the bereavement affected her mother. Not only did her mother create the illusion of her daughter having a rare disease but she actually believed the illusion. This revelation again shook the way the story was perceived.

Personally, the mothers mental health did not excuse the emotional abuse she put Madeline through, however, it did put things in to a little more perspective. Perhaps even putting a slight hold on the rampage about the thin line between over protectiveness and abuse which is a story for another day.

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