Genre: young adult, contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
320 pages, hardcover (307 ARC)
Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.
I’m going to start this review with what I updated my Goodreads status to as soon as I finished this book:
Oh, man. I don’t care how cheesy it is: I loved everything, everything about this book.
And I did. EVERYTHING. I read the whole thing in one afternoon. I cannot believe this is Nicola Yoon’s debut. We’ve had so many amazing debuts this year! If this is her first book, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. Nicola’s writing is absolutely beautiful. I LOVED the inclusion of emails, journal entries, diagrams, medical records, and more. You know me: I think including multiples mediums in a book adds so much to the story, and Nicola wove all of these elements together so well.
I just adore Maddy. She’s strong and fierce and doesn’t let her condition get her down. All of the relationships she had with the other characters in the book felt so honest and genuine. Also, I personally fell in love with Olly right away, but I really appreciated that it wasn’t instalove between Maddy and Olly – you guys know how much I hate that. The way the two of them got to know each other way too cute, and I loved every second.
There are so many emotions in this one, you guys. SO MANY EMOTIONS. My heart was breaking and swelling all at the same time. Everything, Everything is exactly what a contemporary book should be and so much more.
The bottom line: I’m just going to say it again: I loved everything, everything about this book. Nicola – please keep writing!
Rating: 9 – practically perfect
P.S. Shout out to the lovely April from Between the Pages for getting me an ARC of this at BEA!