Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Info: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, copyright 2015, 310 pages
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.
After seeing the delight on Book Plot's and Polka Dots face when she was done reading this little gem, I thought I'd give it a whirl (I had also really enjoyed Yoon's award winning The Sun is Also a Star and caught a glimpse of the upcoming movie trailer...seems there were a lot of things pushing me toward reading this particular title.)
Maddy watches the world pass by from the safety of her bedroom window. She dreams of the ocean and fresh air, but those things she yearns for could be the very things that kill her. Maddy is allergic to everything, but int he controlled environment, the fortress that is her house, she is safe and alive. She reads. She studies. And she spends time with her mother. Things could be worse. And then Olly moves in across the street. Olly with his sense of humor and wry smile. Olly who surprises her and gives her a glimpse of what live could be like on the outside. And everything, everything changes. (See what I did there :)
This is a character driven book that seems to drag the plot along with it. Luckily, Yoon has created a duo that you kind of fall in love with. Maddy is a bookish type and on occasion even talks about those books (which I loved), and Olly is a bit mysterious, but also beautiful and heartwarming. (There is a particular scene with a bundt cake that might be one of my favorite ever.)
I've seen mixed reviews about the ending of the book. The twist itself didn't upset me, just how rushed and incomplete everything felt afterwards. I could definitely see improvements in writing style from Everything, Everything to The Sun is Also a Star. And I also REALLY want to know why Yoon included ABBA's "Take a Chance On Me" in both stories.
I listened to this one in a day. It was fast paced and adorable, and if you're a fan of contemporary romances, this should be right up your alley.