Title: Everything, Everything
Author(s): Nicola Yoon
Theme(s): Love, Family, Friendship, Struggle
Main Characters: Madeline (Maddy) Whittier, Olly, Clara, Pauline Whittier
Pages: 306 (Hardcover)
Madeline Whittier is allergic to everything; she suffers from SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency). She hasn’t been outside in 17 years and almost never sees anyone except her nurse and her mom. Her entire life has been filtered and cleaned and carefully created to prevent her from becoming ill. The air in her house is completely cycled through numerous times every day. She cannot eat a lot of food because it could be too spicy or something. All of her books are delivered vacuum-sealed in plastic wrap and have been fully decontaminated. There’s even an air-lock between the front door and the rest of the house. Maddy’s entire life is completely clean and unchanged. However, when a new family moves in next door with a handsome boy her age, Olly, Maddy knows that her whole world is going to change, she’s going to fall in love with him and, as she puts it, “it’s almost certainly going to be a disaster”.
Oh, wow. I have to say that it has been a long time since a book has drawn me in this much and made me feel this emotional. If I could give you one tip about reading this book, it would be that you need to do it when you have time to read the entire thing. I only did it in a couple of sittings because I did not have time.
Maddy’s story is absolutely heart-wrenching and, after just finishing this book a few minutes ago, I’m still not entirely sure what I should be doing with my life now. It is an inspirational and gripping tale and you need to read it ASAP. The variety of writings that Nicola Yoon uses to tell this story, including post-its, IMs, and emails, all add to the emotional level of the story and make it even more realistic. It is my new favorite book of all time.
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars