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"My life is better with you in it"

Everything, everything  tells the heart-wrenching story of love between two teenagers. Both coming from completely different walks of life, they happen to reach each other. Maddy has SCID, a disease that prevents her from leaving her house as she is allergic to…the Outside. Olly moves in next door, and is eager to meet Maddy in person. As said in the blurb of the book “Everything, everything is about the crazy risks we take for love”.

When going into reading a romance I always am hesitant because I don’t want to read a book that is just ‘cute’ or ‘sweet’. In no doubt some of those books are really good and fun, but with a romance I always really want something more than that. I want something beautiful and moving, and that really tells a honest story. Everything, everything ticked all these boxes for me.

There are so many things to love about this book. From the mini drawings and diagrams to the character development, Nicola Yoon (author) has included so many techniques to make the novel just that little bit better. I loved how she included little snapshots of Maddy’s life into the book – it made me feel like I was in the story with her. The inclusion of Maddy and Olly’s text messages were also a really good element, as it made it more interesting to read, and made it feel more real.

Another thing I really liked about this book is that it isn’t your usual romance. It didn’t tell the story of two teenagers who easily found each other, and then everything went on up from there. Everything, everything  tells the story of two teenagers who found each other, fought for their love, and tackled through the hardest times together. Olly never gave up on Maddy when things got tricky, and didn’t give up on her when she isolated him from her life. Maddy took a huge risk – not for Olly, but for love. And that is real love: taking risks, and never giving up on each other.

Do I have anything to fault in this book? Honestly, I can’t think of anything at all. Everything about this book is perfect to me, even if it does have its flaws. All books have flaws, and that is part of what make them beautiful (to me).

To sum up, I think Everything, everything is an amazing tale that tells the honest, real, raw story of unconditional love between two teenagers. In the end, Maddy and Olly will forever be my Romeo and Juliet: fighting for love, even when there is a huge problem between them.