Summary: 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.
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My thoughts: This book reminded me so much of the Disney movie Tangled because Madeline is unable to leave her home under any circumstances because of her rare illness that could kill her if she were exposed to the outside world. Then comes along the new boy next door named Olly who is mysterious, has an angry father who yells through the night, and is the only person to really notice Madeline. They begin to speak to each other over email and IM because they are unable to make any contact in case it could harm Madeline’s health. But as the relationship progresses, Madeline wants more than to just sit in her house and read her books all day. She wants to truly live with Olly and do things normal teenagers do. Told through texts and IMs among other things, this story is a heartwarming quick read that will leave you wanting more in the end.
I really enjoyed this novel. I sat down with it and finished it in about two hours because it’s so short and easy to lose yourself in. I loved the relationship between Madeline and Olly who cared for each other more than anything. It wasn’t the typical YA romance because Madeline didn’t go to school and the only insecurity she faced was the fact that she had this rare illness to hold her back in life. But that doesn’t stop her from falling completely in love and doing everything, with the help of Madeline’s nurse, to be together with Olly. This love story was so fluffy and cute and even thinking about it makes me smile because of their true love for each other.
One aspect of the book I loved was the fact that Madeline was mixed raced, and although it isn’t spoken about a lot in this story, it is nice to have a PoC protagonist to read about. I also loved how unique this story was written with drawings and journal entries and graphs. Both characters are a little weird and cute and it shows in the way they spoke to each other and fell in love. This book isn’t just about the romance despite the fact that they can’t see each other. It also speaks in detail about Madeline’s restrictions because of her illness and has an unexpected plot twist that I totally did not expect at all.
This contemporary novel is such a quick read that would be great for a rainy weekend. I flew through it and loved every moment of Everything, Everything. I expected it to be a tragic book because it discussed a pretty serious illness, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it to be one of the cutest stories I’ve read in a while.