Everything, Everything was the first book written by Nicola Yoon before The Sun Is Also a Star.
Image: Moviefone (2018)
I enjoyed the book very much and read it within a few days as I was busy but found time to read around an hour a day this week. The story had similar themes such as love, exploration and family.
It had illustrations by the authors husband David Yoon, which were nice because it has been a long time since I read a book with illustrations. I initially thought there were just lots of chapters, but the headings on the pages became more and more frequent. I also liked that the main character Madeline was widely read and had book spoilers to help support what she was saying.
These were some very memorable quotes that I particularly enjoyed:
“Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it”
“A butterfly flaps its wings now and a hurricane forms in the future”
“Me in love would be like being a food critic with no taste buds. It would be like being a colour-blind painter”
“Love is worth everything. Everything”
This book has an interesting perspective on family and it centres around Madeline, the protagonist, who turns 18 at the beginning. As she suffers from SCID she is not allowed to leave the house at all and essentially lives in a bubble.
This book also features an interracial relationship and this is mentioned in the story. Moreover,to a film is now being released of the book fairly soon. I read the version with pictures from the film and the mother character is described as a 3rd generation Japanese woman while Madeline’s father is African-American, however the film has a black woman acting as the mother. I have not yet seen the film so I am not sure whether the father portrayed as Asian but the film has cast Amandla Stenberg as the Madeline, who is not of Asian descent.
Personally I don’t think that this change matters to the actual story as the father character is just background he is not in the book, he is deceased along with Maddy’s brother.
There was an insight into different family issues such as Domestic violence and it’s effects. However, nothing particularly graphic occurs in the book.
Above all, it was a moving love story between the two characters Olly and Maddy, with references to Chaos theory, the Butterfly effect and the idea of Change.
Book Review of Everything, Everything
Film Review of Everything, Everything: the motion picture
Everything, Everything film review by Variety
The film trailer and background