In the true spirit of Everything, Everything’s unconventional narrative, I’m going to try a different review style.
Note: spoilers ahead.
Most of us can’t relate to a girl sealed into a house because of a rare disease causing her to be allergic to everything. Most of us can’t relate to a girl who’s mother lied to her to the extent that she thought she would die if she went outside. Those are unrelatable.
But what is relatable is being a girl sheltered by the protection, comfort and familiarity of her mother and her home.
We’re all Maddy’s, sheltered protected, until we discover that who we thought we were isn’t really who we are and now we need to discover our true identity. We are weighted with confusion and the enormity of that uncertainty. Along with the endless possibilities and the chance to be anyone we want.
Everything, Everything is a coming of age story I did not think I could relate to. In any way. But somehow, this book seems like one of the most relatable books I’ve ever read.
I particularly like the careful detail of the small things, like light streaming into a room or the feel of water against your feet. The language is really beautiful and I fell in love with how Nicola Yoon uses language. Also, the narrative style of the book is a winner for me. If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a sucker for unconventional narratives, and Everything, Everything took traditional narrative style and threw it out the window. If I didn’t already submit my thesis I would re-work the entire document to include Everything, Everything to confirm my arrangement that narrative technique is evolving and traditional rules no longer have to be observed to tell a beautiful story.
Everything, Everything is about contemplating the infinite versions of the life you could have, wondering about every possible “what if” situation, and then at the end, realizing that those “what if” moments do not exist, what you see is what you get, this is your life, this is your reality. This right now is your everything.
Gosh this books is stunning.