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.
When I initially wrote this review, it reflected how much I enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed and the world is immersive. However, it’s also been pointed out to me that Everything, Everything is ablist. I didn’t even need to reread it to understand this is true because I could easily see it when it was pointed out. I had a standard case of *recognizes answer when told* going on and I’m sorry for that.
Disability is not a plot twist! The fact that Madeline is mixed race doesn’t excuse the ablism. I did enjoy this story but I can’t ignore the fact that it hurt people when assigning my rating to it.
If you’d like to see an ownvoices review of Everything, Everything and how harmful it is, you can find one here.
Overall, I rate Everything, Everything 2 out of 5 bookworms.
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