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Nicola Yoon, author of the book.

Everything is a Risk: A Book Review

The power of love can overcome any obstacle faced in the book, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (pictured above). The book was published on May 19, 2017. This book explains how two people will fight through anything to be together.


Eighteen-year-old, Madeline Whittier (also known as Maddy) suffers from a rare disease known as, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. She is violently allergic to various substances, so she lives in a sterilized home with her mother. Her only other company is her nurse, Carla. One day, a new family moves next door, and their son Olly, who is Maddy’s age, catches her eye.


After reading this book, I instantly felt inspired. This isn’t just another “sick teen” novel, but rather a captivating romance and a coming-of-age story. The author portrays the characters in a way where I have empathy for them. Between crying and laughing, it’s safe to say readers will be as emotional as I was.

Everything, Everything had a very riveting plot; it was something very different. The connection between Maddy and Olly kept me engaged. The cover of the book was designed beautifully, which drew me into the novel even more.


While not a book required for reading at Nutley High School, many students have chosen to read this book for pleasure. “I thought the book was really good. I never got bored while reading it,” said Hailey Padilla, a NHS senior.


Laura Serrano, a NHS sophomore, agrees.“This book was very enjoyable. I would read it multiple times,” she said.


This book reminds readers that no matter what situation you are in, you should always remain positive. Through all the obstacles Maddy faced, she became stronger each time. She knew the consequences, but she stopped at nothing to be with Olly. This shows Maddy’s compassion towards Olly.


Everything, Everything was an exciting and light read that asked several important  life questions. Can taking risks be a good thing? What is true love? A book with a good pace and a meaning behind the story, what’s not to love?  Put it on your 2018 summer reading list.