This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Random House Children's Books on September 1, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, New Experience, Friendship, Imagination & Play
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If you love Eleanor and Park, Hazel and Augustus, and Mia and Adam, you’ll love the story of Maddy, a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly, the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. This innovative and heartfelt debut novel unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.
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.
♦ Madeline is a “bubble” kid. Suffering from Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) she is allergic to the world. Living in a house with an airlock and very sophisticated air filtration system, her only human contact is her mom, her nurse and the internet. Then, the day after her eighteenth birthday a new family moves next door. Olly, the teenage son, is both the beginning and end of everything Maddy has ever known. Everything, Everything is an interesting book. The dichotomy of a YA romance with a medical mystery novel seems like it will not work, but it does, in such a good way. The fervent intensity of Maddy’s MD mother is equally matched by Maddy’s desire to experience just one normal thing. About 60% of the way through I had a flash of an idea, then thought that “No, that’s crazy, that’ll never happen”, discarded the thought, and then BOOM that was the big shocker. I have noticed a trend lately in YA romance where the appearance of the boy “fixes” everything, and I’m very happy that, while Olly may have been a catalyst, Maddy was the one who made her decisions and chose her own path.
◊ Biggest Cliché – Shockingly this book did not have any huge annoying clichés. It wasn’t formulaic or choose your own YA. Very impressive.
¤ Favorite lines from Chapter This Life – “But it’s never just one moment. It’s a series of them. And your life can branch out from each one in a thousand different ways. Maybe there’s a version of your life for all the choices you make and all the choices you don’t.”
Δ What would make you want to never leave your house?