Genre: Y/A, Contemporary
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Synopsis: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
My Thoughts: With the movie adaptation for this book coming, I figured now was the perfect time to refresh my memory with a re-read. I have read both of Nicola Yoon's books and they are each so enjoyable. While they are a bit insta-lovey, the topics and characters are relatable and charming. There are some more serious topics covered by Everything, Everything which makes this book stand apart from others like it. Nicola handles the serious topics with such grace and understanding, as though she had experienced them first hand. I mean... this book is about a girl who is literally allergic to everything and can't leave her house. You feel for her, but you also understand the dire situation that her life had been put in. The ending took me by surprise though, which is ultimately why Everything, Everything stands above many other Y/A contemporaries. I think the ending Nicola chose was a brave move and I applaud the book and the author.
Director: James Ponsoldt
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Synopsis: See above
My Thoughts: When it comes to Y/A book to movie adaptations, I have a history of being very disappointed. As such, when I left the theater after watching Everything, Everything and realized that I was fairly pleased, I suddenly had a renewed hope for the book adaptation genre. This movie was very faithful to the book, and as such I think book lovers will love this movie.
As expected, the movie was adorable and a breath of fresh air. The visual aesthetic and music choices were perfect for the summer season, making the release date a genius choice on the studio's behalf. The chemistry between Amandla and Nick, who played Maddy and Olly, was perfection. Every time they looked at each other, I got chills. I left the movie theater with such a crush on Nick Robinson... I think he is such a star in the making. His devotion to Maddy, while seemingly appeared out of nowhere a little fast, was admirable. Overall, I consider this to be a good adaptation and would recommend it to book readers or couples looking for a cute date night. Coming in at right over an hour and a half, it's an easy movie to watch in theaters as it doesn't require four hour of theater time (like some of today's blockbusters). I enjoyed this movie for what is was (I do not claim that it is a perfect movie or that it's really aimed towards an audience of my age group).