Everything, Everything

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by: Delacorte Press
Release Date: 1 September 2015
Pages: 320
Genres: Diversity, Realistic
Recommended For: Grades 7-10
Submitted by: Renata Sancken

 

Have you guys ever been grounded? Or maybe stuck inside during a bad snowstorm? Did it make you start to feel a little trapped? How would you feel if you could literally never leave your house? That’s what Madeline’s life is like. She has a rare disease called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. That means she’s allergic to basically everything. She stays in her house, which has powerful air filters keeping the world out, and the only people she ever sees are her mom and her nurse, Carla. She takes classes online and reads lots of books, and she’s mostly okay with it, because she’s never known anything else. Not until Olly and his family move in next door. Olly’s her age, and really cute. Their bedroom windows face each others, and they talk to each other through the windows. Then they exchange email addresses, and they chat all the time. Olly’s smart, and funny, and for the first time, Madeline really wishes she could meet someone face to face. Her mom thinks it’s too dangerous, but Madeline convinces her nurse Carla to let Olly come over one day when her mom is at work. Olly has to go through a long purification process in order to be in the same room as Madeline, but he thinks it’s worth it. Of course, Madeline knows that with her illness, it would be too dangerous to ever kiss Olly, but love makes her think it just might be worth the risk.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a love story that will make you look at your life differently. If you liked The Fault in Our Stars, but are looking for something a little less sad, check it out.

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