23 April, 2016


Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Series: -
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Source: Paperback
Pages: 320

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SYNOPSIS: Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

I remember seeing reviews about this YA contemporary book and most of them were positive so I had high expectations! Can we please talk about how gorgeous the cover is? Simple, yet absolutely beautiful?

THE WORLD: Earth. We are somewhere in the US for most part of the book and then we move to Hawaii for a bit as well.

CHARACTERS: The main character is Madeline Whittier, an 18 year old girl who lives in a bubble (almost literally, she can't leave her house) due to SCID. For those who are not familiar with this medical term, SCID stands for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency and as you can guess it is an immune disorder where your B- and T-cells are messed up so much that anything with the power of triggering a response could kill you. There are several types of SCID though and each is actually pretty unique. You may know it as "bubble baby disorder"... anyway I'm getting off topic. Carla is Madeline's nurse and she's adorable, just like another mom. Of course we also have Madeline's mother, whose name I can't remember or the book doesn't say it (?). She's a doctor and was the first to guess/diagnose Madeline when she was a baby because she was always sick. Then we have the boy next door, Oliver "Olly" Bright, who immediately takes interest in Madeline and gives her the nickname Maddy since she didn't have any nicknames... weird right? Why would you always call her Madeline when it's a long name?
Olly and Maddy begin chatting and eventually they become friends... and more than friends... until Maddy decides to do the thing and then mom goes bada-boom-kaboom and then holy molly the book is over.

LOVE: What's a YA contemporary book without love? Yes, there is romance but it's super cute I promise and it's actually not insta-love but because the book is short it may feel like it.

PLUS: Madeline was a very funny narrator. I loved her drawings, explanations, and book reviews with spoilers —some are hilarious. I liked the plot twist. PLOT FREAKING TWIST. How evil (but understandable) is what we get to know just about to finish the book? Whoa... I swear I did not see it coming.
Ah, also the book features diverse characters! Madeline is mixed African/Japanese and Carla is Hispanic.

MINUS: I wish Nicola had went a bit deeper into Olly's life and struggles because he felt kind of flat sometimes... I liked him but he needed more credibility.

OVERALL: 4.5 stars. Apart from that little minus point I loved this book, it was super cute but not cheesy, it had diversity and it had SCID (science junkie here). I wish I could talk more about the book but I would spoil the plotwist and you don't want that :P


I remember seeing reviews about this YA contemporary book and most of them were positive so I had high expectations! Can we please talk about how gorgeous the cover is? Simple, yet absolutely beautiful?

THE WORLD: The world you and me live in. Story based in USA.

CHARACTERS: Madeline is the main character who has SCID aka she has no immunity to anything and dies upon exposure to everyday life. So all her life she has been locked in her house with her nurse and her mother. Frankly, I really liked Madeline. She loves reading, she writes reviews online hehe and well she is just a very likable character. Then one day comes into picture Olly, basically a neighbours kid that takes interest in Madeline. Of course because she cannot leave the house their contact is mainly via messenger. But it is sweet, I do not have big feelings for Olly but I think he was very neutral character. For sure did not annoy me. And then we have the mother....ah if you read the book you will understand why I hate her. Stupid stupid selfish woman.

LOVE: Romance is very clear in this book. Madeline likes Olly and Olly likes Madeline. Simple.

PLUS: I think it creates a big awareness to SCID which is always a very good thing! Other than that the book was a super fast and super easy read.

MINUS: The ending. I think the consequences for the crime were really really non realistic. I mean seriously in real life it would be a huge scandal, revoked licenses and just in general jail time. How was this different from kidnapping exactly?

OVERALL: It was good but it was not amazing.

What did you guys think about EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING?