Published: September 1st 2015 by Doubleday Canada
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult & Romance
Rating: 5 stars
My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next door neighbors. I look out the 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. I want to learn everything about him, and I do. I learn that he is funny and fierce. I learn that his eyes are Atlantic Ocean-blue and that his vice is stealing silverware. I learn that when I talk to him, my whole world opens up, and I feel myself starting to change—starting to want things. To want out of my bubble. To want everything, everything the world has to offer.
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.
Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything is a wonderful written novel that will make you laugh and cry.
Maddie Whittier has grown up being allergic to everything. She live in a sterile home protected by an airlock that prevents outside contaminants from entering. Her world is limited to books and the internet. Her mother and her nurse, Carla, are the only individuals with whom she has physical contact.
Fascinated by Olly, the teen-aged son of new neighbors, Maddie strikes up an online friendship with him that evolves into something more.
I don't want to say too much about Everything, Everything, because I don't want to give everything away. But let me say that I also love the plot twist that was added towards the end. I was actually expecting a different ending, but the twist, while sad made for a happy ending.
This was my first read by Nicola Yoon. I'm looking forward to reading more from her. If you like YA then I would definitely recommend this one.