Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Publication Date: September 3rd 2015
Source: Publisher [Netgalley]
I hadn't planned on picking up Everything, Everything for another month at least, but there's been so much buzz surrounding this book lately that I caved and read it a lot sooner than I'd planned to. Everything, Everything follows Madeline Whittier who has SCID which basically means she's allergic to a lot of things, and can't leave the house in case of a severe allergic reaction. But then a new family moves in next door, and Madeline catches Olly's eye and their relationship goes from there. They communicate through IM until Madeline finally convinces Carla to allow them to meet face to face.
Maddy is a very sheltered character. She's been stuck inside all of her life because of SCID, and the only people she has contact with are her mother and her nurse, Carla. But Maddy was a brilliant main character. She's impulsive when she wants to be, but she's also very reserved and naive at times due to her upbringing. But she's a very likeable and relatable character.
Everything, Everything revolves around Maddy and her illness. It was a major part of the book because she constantly had to be monitored and have tests done to make sure she hadn't gotten ill. Maddy hates that she can't go outside or experience things that normal teenagers do. That is, until Olly moves in next door.
Olly is a breath of fresh air in Maddy's life. After a bit of instant messaging, Maddy finally convinces Carla to allow Olly into the house. Their interactions were super adorable, and I found myself feeling so bad for Maddy because she couldn't experience a proper relationship. But Olly was adorable and funny, but he had family problems going on that he couldn't control, no matter how much he wanted to.
The storyline of Everything, Everything takes a very dramatic turn around 50-60% of the way through and it added so much more to the story. There are a lot of tough subjects dealt with in Everything, Everything, but Nicola Yoon does a fantastic job with them. The ending was left open, but it's kind of obvious how everything is going to play out and I adored it.
Overall, Everything, Everything was a brilliant book that definitely lives up to the hype. It's an emotional and stunning read that I would recommend to everyone.