The book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, has started out as an amazing book. The concept of isolation and love are very prominent, but sometimes not completely believable.
Since the book is about a girl who is not able to leave her home due to a rare disease that she has, the topic of isolation is absolutely seen. With the rules of only letting in Maddy’s nurse and occasionally her tutor, this really isolates her from the outside world. As well this limits her from the many opportunities that a regular teenager would have. When a boy named Olly moves in next door, Maddy slowly realizes how much being isolated has harmed her in the 18 years that she has lived. Maddy doesn’t seemed to be bothered by being alone which does not seem believable.
One of the best things about this book is the love that happens. I’m a sucker for romantic stories, so this love story made me very happy so far. The romance between Maddy and Olly does seem very real and authentic and the two of them are adorable. However some things about their relationship do not add up. For example in real life Maddy’s nurse would probably not risk both Maddy’s life and her own job just so Maddy could meet Olly in person. The escalation of the relationship also does not seem realistic since they do seem to fall for one another rather quickly. Surprisingly though the escalation of the relationship does work well with the story and is very cute.