Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press on September 1, 2015
Genres: [Young Adult] Contemporary
4 Stars, Completed August 31*, 2015
*at midnight; technically on September 1
– if you have not read the book avoid SPOILERS by only reading the bold text –
Ahh, this was everything I expected it to be and more.
My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but you know it as “bubble baby disease.” Basically, I’m allergic to the world. Anything can trigger a bout of sickness. … And so I stay on SCID row. I don’t leave my house, have never left my house.
Everything, Everything is a story about Madeline, a girl who has SCID, meaning if she ever was to step outside her house the unfiltered air, someone’s perfume, something normally edible for most people but she ingests could trigger symptomatic attacks that could potentially kill her. Basically she’s hypersensitive to all things that surround her and because of this disorder she’s never had contact with the outside world or other people aside from her mother and personal nurse, Carla. So for the past seventeen years, everything in her life has been a constant. Completely the same. Up until the day a family moves in next door and she meets Olly. Olly is everything she’s never felt before: healthy, reckless, alive. After their email and instant messaging correspondence, they build a strong friendship and Madeline begins to want more. She doesn’t want to just breath, she wants to be alive.