Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Description from Goodreads
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.
This book is a sweet YA with an unusual main character. Maddy (Madeline) suffers from a stifling disease that makes her allergic to the world. She has to stay confined to her house and literally lives in a bubble. Her day consists of home schooling, hanging out with her nurse and reading. This changes when her new neighbors move in. Olly and his family become a distraction for Maddy and her confined world. I found this book to be sweet, endearing and heartbreaking.
Yoon does a wonderful job creating Maddy’s world and how difficult Maddy’s life has been. Both Olly and Maddy feel authentic and genuine. Yoon is a superb writer, I felt every frustration, heartbreak and happy moment that Maddy experienced. Sometimes I felt Maddy was being a little ungrateful, but then I remember that is how teenager sometimes act and Yoon captured that perfectly. The writing flows really well, the only thing I didn’t like were the diagrams that were interspersed throughout the book, I honestly skipped those because I struggle with reading such small print that I didn’t really think not reading them affected the storyline anyway. Other than that, I thought this was a superb book and one I would recommend reading. 4/5
Published: 2015, 230 pages.