The first trailer for Everything, Everything has made it just in time for Valentine’s Day, and it’s everything we knew it would be.
The story follows 18-year-old Madeline “Maddy” Whittier (portrayed by Amandla Stenberg), who’s life-threatening illness makes her allergic to everything and restricts her to the confines of her safeguarded home and precautionary mother. Yet, everything—and we mean, everything—changes a new family moves in next door. Enters Oliver “Olly” Bright (portrayed by Nick Robinson), a charming, adventurous boy whom Maddy befriends and begins a romance, but only through the glass that protects her from the real world. Determined to experience everything, both Maddy and Olly risk it all to prove life is worth living.
Meet Nicola Yoon: Your Beloved Diversity Ambassador
— Nicola Yoon (@NicolaYoon) May 1, 2014
In September 2015, Jamaican-American author Nicola Yoon released her young adult debut novel, Everything, Everything. Two years later, it’s making its way to the big screen.
In the same vein as John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, I foresee Everything, Everything to be the game-changing narrative this world has needed now more than ever. As a proponent of diversity in all things, I believe Yoon’s eccentric love story will touch the soft spots of many watchers, people of color especially.
If you were to ask me to name three books that featured prominent intercultural romances, it would render me speechless. The literacy of interracial love tropes has been sidestepped for as long as I can remember. So to witness Sternberg’s character (Japanese and Black) and Robinson’s (assumably white) challenge such a neglected abstraction as interracial love is a truly beautiful representation.
Check out the trailer for this summer’s Everything, Everything
Yoon’s book is part-demonstrative of the power of love, part-manifesto on breaking the barriers between it. And I, for one, can’t wait to see it.
Everything, Everything is expected to release on May 19.