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Everything, Everything Hardcover – September 1, 2015 by Nicola Yoon (Author)

Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)Everything, Everything is similar to Recovery Road in terms of format. It is setup like a diary, though unlike Recovery Road it has pictures, and each would be chapter is short. However, with a movie coming up this August, starring Amandla Stenberg and Anika Noni Rose, you know I couldnt resist. Though, let me tell you, this is by no means the best YA novel Ive ever read. Characters & StorylineSince she was a baby, Madeline hasnt left her house. Her mother, a doctor, has diagnosed her with SCIDs (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency) after her getting gravely ill as a baby. What this basically does is turn her into a bubble child (Think Jake Gyllenhaals Bubby Boy). Which, if you saw the movie, youll remember means a lot of remodeling of the family home in order to accommodate the disease. So, with some money Maddys mom came into, she is able to redo the house to keep Maddy healthy. Thus leading to, for more than 15 some odd years, the only people Maddy interacting with being her mom and nurse Carla. However, then comes Olly, a boy who moves in next door. His curiosity, his being new to the area, draws him to the cute girl who just watches people from the window. So, thanks to a bit of perseverance, and Maddys own curiosity, they become friends and so blooms the desire to become something more. But is that possible when Maddy cant do things normal girls do? Will Olly, considering his family situation, as well as the ability to meet tons of girls at school, really give him the time to deal with the frustration which is having to adjust his life to meet the requirements of what he needs to do just to see Maddy? WellHighlightsMaddy and Ollys Relationship Is AdorableNo matter what the YA novel is, pretty much it is the relationships and/or the friendships, that keep you interested. Especially in books like these which dont have their lead with some serious sort of affliction which can give the reader a quick shock or scare. So, it makes it where as you read Maddy meeting and getting to know Olly, it is very cute. After all, once you take into account how isolated Maddy has been, and this is probably one of the few boys her age she has had the chance to interact with, it makes you a bit nostalgic. This is, of course, assuming you are my age, nearly a decade away from Maddys, and reading her talk about the butterflies and how being within a couple of feet from someone you are into makes the hairs on your arms stand. All of it, truly, reminds you of what it was like to be young and have a full-fledged, it could happen, type of crush. The kind you dream about and so much more. Its Not Too Heavy or SensationalizedI think Im not alone in saying that the YA novel genre has become saturated with drug addiction, accidental deaths, various kinds of abuse, and with that it makes books which dont include that seem tame. Heck, they seem boring in comparison. For, after all, books are about escapism, going into someone elses world, usually more interesting than yours, and getting away. Yet, at the same time, books are also about finding someone, or something, to relate to, despite your difference. Maddys life is bare. She has her mom, Carla, and a computer she strangely only does school work on. Even when Olly enters her life, there is nothing sensationalized about their relationship. He isnt some bad boy she is trying to save nor is he just some curious dude who is bored. In a lot of ways, Everything, Everything reminds you that storytelling, and coming of age, isnt just about having sex for the first time, your first drink, your first smoke, or what often are considered things that adults do. Its about experiencing life with the only influence your parents having is how they live by example and you deciding what to, or not to, take from that. Which includes how you handle being offered sex, drugs, and etc., as well as how you handle tragedy, how you are as a friend or partner when that other person is hurting and more. Overall: Mixed (Borrow)While I really have nothing but praise for Everything, Everything here is the thing. Its not for everyone. This book isnt about escapism but providing perhaps a character to relate to. Hence why Maddy is Black and Asian, just like Nicola Yoons children will be. This book, in a way, is about breaking the mold, not giving in to the need for sudden shocks and the usual beliefs of what teens get themselves, and each other, into. This book is for those who may have issues with their parents, maybe never been kissed, but nonetheless are completely normal. With that, as much as the book has quotable lines up the ying yang, it doesnt really bring me to say you should buy it nor can I strongly recommend it. Its a quick read which wont be taxing on your time and emotions but with it just being cute, even with Maddys diagnosis, it doesnt come up with ways to make you wanna read this over and over again. As much as we get to know Maddy and Olly, as well as their friends and family, they dont leave a strong impression for they are so normal that, minus or plus one or two things, you probably already know someone like them. Hence the Mixed (Borrow) label for while those prepping for the movie I think may enjoy the insight, and surely will look forward to certain moments in the movie, I think on its own Everything, Everything may do things differently, but not in such a way it becomes exemplary. Check it out!

From School Library Journal Gr 10 Up—From the first page, Madeline Whittier is a sympathetic character who has had to watch the world from the inside of a bubble—literally. Her diagnosed condition of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency is a life sentence that limits her to a world of two people: her mother, who is a doctor, and her nurse. Everything changes when Olly and his family move into the house next door. Olly is the kind of inventive guy who figures out a way to communicate with Madeline, and over the course of the next few months Madeline becomes Maddy, a young woman who takes potentially deadly risks to protect Olly emotionally, if not physically. Maddy’s and Olly’s hastily planned trip to Maui and their tastefully described liaison while there suggests a mature teen audience, but readers of Cammie McGovern’s Say What You Will (HarperCollins, 2014) and Wendy Mills’s Positively Beautiful (Bloomsbury, 2015) will fall in love with this humorously engaging story of a girl who discovers life, love, and forgiveness in new places. VERDICT Everything, Everything is wonderful, wonderful.—Jodeana Kruse, R. A. Long High School, Longview, WA


Everything, Everything Hardcover – September 1, 2015 by Nicola Yoon (Author) Review

I have read many books in my 23 years of life. And I am those type of people who fall head over heels in love with certain books. This is one of them. The writing is beautiful, you fall in love with the characters in this book and honestly, I just could not put this book down. Throughout my day I could not wait until I reunited with this story,You have to read this book, it will definitely change the way you see and appreciate things. -Read Reviews-

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for the opportunity to read and review Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon! Madeline suffers from immunodeficiency and has many life restrictions because of this. She stays home twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Her mother is a doctor and goes to work while Nurse Carla takes care of Madeline. New neighbors move in next door and Madeline can’t hide her curiosity. The teenagers that moved in next door, Olly and Kara, bring a bundt cake to be friendly, but Madeline’s mom has to turn it away. Olly ends up dropping the cake afterwards. He notices Madeline watching him and sets the cake on his windowsill and dresses it up to give it personality. Olly has a wonderful sense of humor and he makes Madeline’s life more interesting. Her life blossoms after seeing Olly and she can’t feel contentment like she used to. The illustrations are fun and bring extra life to Madeline and Olly. Everything, Everything is one of those books that cannot be put down and I fell in love with all of it: the story, the energetic characters, the dysfunctionality of family, the humor and the romance. A wonderful young adult book worthy of 5 stars!

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