“I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.”- Madeline, Everything, Everything
Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Madeline Whittier is allergic— to EVERYTHING! She has a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), also known as the “bubble baby disease”. She has not had contact with the outside world since she was an infant. For years, it has been Madeline and her mother after both her father and brother were killed in a car accident. She spends her days reading. Reading and re-reading book after book. When her mother is as work, nurse Carla tends to her every need, checking her vitals and keeping her stable.
Madeline has become comfortable with being alone— that is until a new family moves next door. Madeline finds herself drawn to Olly and they quickly form an online relationship with their back and forth emails and IM’s. But that is not enough for Madeline. She wants to touch him, feel him, hold his hand while walking down the street. Madeline is falling fast and hard, head-over-heels in love with Olly, but she knows love can’t kill her…but it just might destroy her.
Let me start off by saying that I have some mixed-emotions about this book.
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. It was sweet and fluffy, like cotton candy, and I ate it right up.
Madeline and Olly together were adorable with their back and forth banter and deep conversations. Seeing Madeline not only wanting to be a part of Olly’s world, but also a part of the outside world kept me on edge. I wanted to see if she would step out her house…and SHE DID! I was both excited and anxious for Madeline because I wanted to see her experience the outside world and be with Olly, but I also didn’t want her to die, but at the same time, I wanted her to live, really live…ugh inner conflict!
I also liked the drawings and Madeline’s little “reviews” and “definitions”. They were cute and made me laugh.
Then…then plot twist happened, and I was like:
I won’t give away the ending, but seriously…WHAT??!! I didn’t even see that coming, how did I not see that? I DID NOT like that plot twist. It was interesting, yes, but it made me so mad…I just don’t know.
So, like I said, for the most part, I liked this book. I just can’t deal with the plot twist.