Teen Take: Everything, Everything

Teen Take: Everything, Everything

March 24, 2017
Everything, Everything

Imagine everything you love about the world. Picture running to the drive-through of your favorite fast food restaurant and eating the piping hot fries on the way home. Pressing your face against the cold glass window and watching your breath fog it up as you chase the moon from the passenger seat of the moving car. Running down to the ocean with your freshly sun-screened skin and splashing in the lukewarm waves. Going to elementary school, and the classroom smells like crayons and colored pencils, and you get tokens to spend at the Prize Box on Fridays. Imagine all of those things, and all of your other favorite things about the world, no matter how mundane. Now imagine you don’t get them anymore. Welcome to Maddy’s world. In the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Maddy was diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or SCID, as a baby. Because of this, she has never experienced the world. She hasn’t left her house in seventeen years. Maddy only regularly sees two people, her mom and her nurse. But everything changes when a new family moves in next door. Olly is the new boy next door and unlike any guy Maddy has ever seen, which isn’t saying a whole lot. But cue the cheesy romance music and grab your popcorn, because Maddy is about to risk everything for love.

And while Maddy is risking everything for love, Everything, Everything will be risking it all at the box office. Nicola Yoon’s novel is becoming a movie starring Amandla Stenberg (“Rue” in the first Hunger Games movie) and Nick Robinson (the older brother in Jurassic World). It’s coming out this May, and the trailer has already been released. So far, there’s been a lot of hype surrounding the movie, but I don’t expect a lot and would recommend not having high hopes for it.

Everything, Everything is basically an average young adult romance novel. However, there were some unique things about it. The author was very descriptive in her wording, and it was very beautiful to read. It was an interesting new perspective that the main character has never been outside. I also loved all of the artwork in the book that helped describe Maddy’s journey. It added a special element to the book.

Despite the good parts of the novel, there were also many bad parts. I felt like the characters were pretty underdeveloped. The relationship between Maddy and Olly also felt too rushed and slightly unbelievable. Given that the book was only 305 pages, there was not enough room for a fully-fleshed out romance. There was also a plot twist that I saw coming a mile away, but originally brushed off for its silliness. I didn’t believe it when it turned out to be true, and it soured a lot for me.

Overall, Everything, Everything was a little less than what I basically want in a novel. It was supposed to be sweet, dramatic, and endearing, but ended up being flat. That’s why I give Everything, Everything 4 out of 10 stars.

Jordan Mundy

I live in Asheville and go to a local high school. I was chosen to be a member of the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps during middle school, and adore reading and writing of any type: creative writing, poetry, and of course, journalism. I also like acting, singing, and public speaking. You can usually find me doing any of the things stated above, or hanging in my Eno!

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