September 1, 2015
Risk everything . . . for love.
What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It's an innovative, inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.
"Great read!" By Chloe 9 months ago
Everything, Everything was an interesting, fascinating read, especially with regard to Madeleine's disease. I don't know if I would've been as upbeat as she is if I were in her situation. Imagine not ever going outside, to school, playground, movies, restaurants, not having friends, etc, because the germs could kill you. It's something like solitary confinement, and I think if it were not for the Internet, I would sure go crazy. I mean, one could read books only for so long.
Her happy/contented existence as she knew it ended when Olly's family moved in next door. I found myself with a goofy grin on my face as the teens bonded over Olly's goofy antics. Her feelings for Olly gave her the impetus to grab life by the horns and really live, even as she is mindful of the consequences of her actions.
"Life is a gift" and the interpretation of it depends on the person. For her mom, I guess she wanted Madeleine to be careful, to prolong her life so that she could have more years with her. For Madeleine, and maybe also for Carla (her nurse), sometimes, it's not the quantity that makes life precious, but the quality. And in Olly, Madeleine finds she's willing to risk everything. Because love is everything. Everything.
Everything, Everything is a well-written book, and the author explores the concept of life and what gives it meaning in a clear manner, as we see things through Madeleine's eyes. Madeleine's anguish and pain as she saw Olly with another girl were realistic and believable and her eventual realization about her and Olly being in two different worlds was agonizing. There are twists and turns to the plot that I admit I didn't see coming (I mean, it could go both ways), and I believe this is a book older teens would enjoy reading.
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However, I wish we could've seen things from Olly's perspective as well. I think it would've given the story more depth. But that is minor. My more major complaint is Madeleine's reactions regarding her mom after she received a certain email. I thought there should be more ambiguity from her. Sure, I understand why Madeleine would feel the way she did (and to avoid being more spoilerish, I'm afraid I can't say more), but I had thought there would be more of a push-pull on her emotions toward her mom, considering what they had gone through together for eighteen years. Love is not easily forgotten or set aside, even if. Moreover, I would've thought Madeleine would have more compassion (she seems to be a compassionate kind of girl), especially considering her mom's condition.
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So aside from that, Everything, Everything is a great read! Well worth your time. Especially now that there's a movie upcoming! I can't wait to watch it!