Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Age Classification: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release: September 1, 2015
Madeline Whittier is a seventeen-year-old girl who has lived her life in a sterilized bubble. She is content with her life – her routine – even if she dares to dream of a non-bubble life every once in a while. This changes, however, when a family moves into the house next door and the boy in the bedroom opposite hers becomes one of her new interests. Try as she might to resist these new feelings, she cannot help but want more from her life.
Maddy’s mother, Pauline, is a doctor and extremely protective of Maddy. After losing her husband and son when Maddy was a baby, Pauline used every dollar to ensure she would not also lose her baby girl.
Carla, Maddy’s nurse, is there to monitor her health and make sure she does not do anything to impact her health, like go outside or let people in. Carla is kind and provides Maddy with plenty of advice throughout the book often referencing her own daughter, Rosa, who is not nearly as obedient as Maddy is.
Oliver/Olly is the boy next door. His family is not perfect, but Maddy captures his interest from the start. The girl who can never leave the house, the girl he cannot touch without risking her life, but he also cannot stay away.
The story was a little predictable for the way my mind works, but it was still interesting. I like that this was not presented as a traditional novel, but rather Maddy’s thoughts, scribbled notes, book reviews, definitions, illustrations, emails, IMs, medical reports, and possibly some others I have forgotten. I am sure Maddy’s behaviour and rationale are influenced by her limited exposure to life outside the bubble, but I found both Maddy and Olly to be immature for their age (though maybe I am just old now *cries*).
I was disappointed by the ending as it felt rushed and even a little abrupt on the final pages. I personally would have liked at least a few more pages to know what fate I can expect for these characters. Perhaps it was left a little open-ended for a reason, but the conclusion was not conclusive enough for my liking.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
A sweet story with a hint of ‘OhMyGosh’ in a… let’s call it concerning way.
Until next time bibliophiles!