Reading is such a refreshing, exciting adventure. I adore it when I discover a book with characters I fall in love with, and circumstances that pull at my heart. This week I’ve been going gaga over a book by Nicola Yoon. Everything Everything is a YA novel about 18 year old Maddy who has to live in a sterile environment as she’s allergic to the world. She has settled into a sense of normality over the situation – until Olly moves in next door.

It’s beautifully written, and captures the teenage heart, and first love so well.

And – even better – the book is coming out as a movie in a few months. It stars Amandla Stenberg as Maddy (remember her as 12 year old Rue in The Hunger Games?), and the very yummy Nick Robinson as Olly (he played Ben Parish in The 5th Wave), who has a stillness and tenderness that suits this movie beautifully.

My daughter received this text from me once I’d finished the book:

(Yes, my daughter receives texts like that from me all the time. When I discovered the movie trailer, the text I sent her was almost bouncing around the screen with excitement!)

One of the endearing aspects to the story, is how Nicola Yoon reveals Maddy’s personality through little dictionary definitions, her Life is Short Spoiler book reviews (very, very short book reviews), IMs, and other musings (the little illustrations are by Yoon’s husband, writer and designer, David Yoon, and really add to the story).

For example:

or one of her book reviews, which reveals how she’s feeling or what she’s thinking:

The closest I can come to comparing it to another book, is Wonder by RJ Palacio (another book I loved), in terms of capturing the character’s life and revealing who they are and the life they live – and the beautiful writing.

You can find information about the book here.

Check out the trailer here.