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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Review

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EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. She is content enough—until a boy with eyes the color of the Atlantic Ocean moves in next door. Their complicated romance begins over IM and grows through a wunderkammer of vignettes, illustrations, charts, and more.
Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

 It didn’t take me very long to finish this book as it was a quick but compelling read. I just couldn’t put it down.

This book follows the story of Madeline Whittier who is allergic to the world – in other words, she has a very rare disease known as SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency) which means she cannot leave her home and go outside at all.
Now, someone like you or me who probably goes outside almost everyday must think this is impossible. How can anyone manage to stay at home for seventeen whole years? Well, life is tough for Madeline but she makes the most of it by reading, playing Honor Pictionary and Fonetik Skrabbl with her loving mother and wondering what it would be like to go outdoors. Her life would have remained the same for the rest of her life if Olly hadn’t entered it.
When a boy named Olly and his family move in next door to Madeline, she finds that Olly becomes her new hobby. At first it’s just spying on him and then they start emailing each other and then move onto IM and this way they become fast friends before actually meeting each other in person.
But once Madeline’s nurse Carla breaks the rules and allows Olly to come over to Madeline’s house so that him and Madeline can meet, everything starts going downhill.
I really liked how the relationship between Madeline and her mother was highlighted throughout the book and not just the relationship between Madeline and her love interest, Olly. I feel like more books should include the importance of the role of parents. 
This is a story of secrets, lies, love and discovery. The way the author describes Madeline’s world using such beautiful imagery makes the reader appreciate the little things in life. I really, really recommend reading this book as it has the best storyline ever, an amazing ending, it is definitely worth picking up and trying out. If you’re a fan of The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay or Before I Die, then this book is for you.


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