Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is characterized as a young adult book but is equally compelling for adult readers. I loved the Sun is Also a Star by Yoon and was excited to read Yoon’s first novel. Yoon’s writing is smart, to the point and unlike any other author I’ve read. She is able to make serious, intimidating subjects relatable.
Maddy is a 17 year old girl who is allergic to everything. She has not been outside since she can remember. Then, one day, she sees a boy outside her window and everything changes. I loved this book (although I did predict the ending) and I could not wait to see how the Everything, Everything movie adaptation stacked up. Often, when I read a book, I find the movie disappointing and underwhelming. So, was the movie Everything, Everything?
“Love is worth everything. Everything.”-Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything
Spoiler alert: Yes!!!! The movie was fantastic. This book is difficult to adapt, in my opinion. There were pages of drawings and text messaging that are difficult to show on a screen and yet, they were seamless. It has been a long time since I have seen a movie that made me feel really good. This movie was it. I wouldn’t change anything from the soundtrack to the acting. There were changes from the book but, in the case of this movie, it didn’t bother me at all. I can’t say the same for every movie. I usually sit in adaptations bothered by the changes that were made for no apparent reason and wondering why. While watching this movie, I understood all the changes and think they were for the better.
I don’t want to spoil the movie if you haven’t read the book. It’s a love story in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Have you read the book? Will you see the movie when it is released tomorrow?