By Nicola Yoon
New York: Delacorte Press, 2015.
Grade 8 and Up 310 pages
Fans of the Fault in Our Stars will love Nicola Yoon’s new book Everything, Everything. Madeline Whittier is just turning 18 years old and has never left her home. Maddy is a bubble kid—she has SCID Severe Combined Immunodeficiency which means the outdoor world or people who have not been decontaminated could kill her. So Maddy has accepted her fate and lives with her doctor mom in a house especially built just for her. Her mom built the house with the settlement money from when a driver fell asleep at the wheel and killed both her dad and her older brother.
Then one day her life is changed forever when a moving van pulls up and a new family moves into the house next door. Life would have just gone on the same if it wasn’t for Olly, the new boy next door who from the beginning showed an interest in Maddy when she peered out the window to get a look at the new neighbors. First it was a gaze, then IMing and then Maddy talked her day nurse into arranging for Olly to become sanitized and come in for a visit. Maddy begins to ponder her existence, living inside her house, never feeling sick and yet never having outdoor contact. She makes a bold move to runaway not fearing the consequences. Follow this exciting and romantic tale as Maddy experiences the real world and love for the very first time—life is short so live it while you can—even if it has a disastrous outcome!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and loved the twists and turns it takes along the way!
Grades 8 and up because one chapter has a love scene—not a lot of description (similar to the Fault in Our Stars).