A high-octane, emotional read
I’ve had this book for a while but put off reading it because I feared it might be too angsty for me. The premise of extremely ill girl and boy from violent/unhappy family didn’t sound like a fun read! But it is highly recommended, it is contemporary, they’re making a movie of it – so finally I decided to give it a try.
Everything Everything is funny and touching, and I particularly liked the quirky illustrations which give it an added dimension. There is a lot of high emotion, as I feared, but the characters are so interesting and appealing that you want to spend time with them. I was rooting for Maddy, wanting her to escape her gilded, sterile cage, but not sure how she could. You’ll need to read it to see if she does!
Some things are not great about the book. There are some aspects of the plot that don’t seem plausible, although perhaps social workers, etc, are different in the US to the UK. I also found that the conversations between Maddy and Olly were just too clever, too witty for them to seem like real teenagers. I know you have to exaggerate things in a book like this, but to me it seemed too much.
Overall, it is well-written and involving with an interesting premise. If you like a high-octane, emotional read, this is the book for you. And as an extra treat, the movie is also coming out this month (May 2017)!
Review by Gill-Marie Stewart
Gill-Marie writes YA mystery/romances as Gill-Marie Stewart. As Gilly Stewart she also writes women’s contemporary fiction. The first book in her YA series about George and Finn is Music and Lies (try the first chapter here).