“Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon
Synopsis: 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.
3 out of 5 stars
This is a very sweet YA romance which was surprising given the topic. Not exactly my usual cup of tea but it was suggested to me by my Overdrive library app.
Our main character Maddie, has SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency disease) and lives life in the safe, and environmentally pure bubble that is her house. She has been indoors since she was a baby and her mother, who is a physician, is her caretaker. The only contact she has with the outside world is through her mom, her nurse Carla, and technology. Her father and brother were killed when she was small, so it’s just Maddie and her mom against the world.
All that changes when a new family moves in next door with a handsome boy her age. Watching him through her window turns into exchanging email information and messaging late into the night. Maddie realizes for the first time that the life she is living might not be enough for her after all.
The plot ended up where I expected it to, and the ending felt a little rushed. I won’t lie – the relationship between Maddie and Olly is very, very sweet. Very first love and teenage angst but with the medical issues thrown in.
Maddie is biracial, which I appreciate. It’s brought up as fact, while reading about what features she has inherited from her mother and which from her father. Her relationship with her mother is very real and very complicated. The world building was ok, but I felt that I could have used more information about SCID. It is mentioned and often but basically by saying “allergic to everything”.
A line from the book:
“Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”
It is a good book and a very sweet one at that if you are a lover of YA romance.
The cover is very well done.