For Madeline Whittier (18), life has always been the same. With her disease, SCID, aka bubble baby disease, she's allergic to the world. She must stay indoors 24/7 because the disease makes it impossible for her to fight off infections. She lives with her doctor mom and her Nurse Carla, and interacts with only one other person: Carla's daughter Rosa. All that changes when she meets her new neighbor: a boy named Olly, a mathlete, parkour fanatic, and lover of black clothing. Her simple life takes a drastic turn when she falls in love for the very first time.
Maddy and Olly start to bond with daily texting, talking about their troubles. After realizing she will never get to experience adventure and love just by staying in her house, Maddy decides to run away to Hawaii with Olly. Olly, with his own problems with his abusive father, is also eager to run away from home. Then her world takes another drastic turn. [No spoilers here.]
BTSYA / Teen Reader (15):
Everything, Everything was pretty much everything to me. 😊 The story is so heartwarming and heartbreaking. I simply could not put this book down. I love how Nicola Yoon includes illustrations and little special sections for things like Madeline’s dictionary and spoiler reviews. They add a visual side to the story, which is very interesting to see and unusual for chapter books.
The book did make me cry. Not that I minded, but if you don't want to shed tears, it might be best for you to avoid this tearjerker. Everything, Everything would certainly make for a wonderful gift with its beautiful cover and story.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
I cried, laughed, and smiled in different parts of the book. This novel is truly heart-breaking and moving. It is so raw reading about Maddy being indoors all the time with new friends, yet on the flip side it also depicts the doors love can open. Although I wouldn't buy it for myself, the book is beautiful and I will re-read it again; probably multiple times. I recommend this for anyone who loves stories with romance or ones that tug at your heart.
Teen Student Reviewer (16):
I like the creative set up of Everything, Everything. Texts and emails add to realism and visual examples of Olly and Maddy's conversations. This is a coming of age story that is light, with just the right touch of humor.
An enchanting story you won't be able to put down.
Despite the elementary reading level, this is for teens. There are a few mature scenes and sexually suggestive content that are inappropriate for young readers.
This is a first-person romance about a teen's life told through using different storytelling methods.
Read the book, watch the movie, then start the conversation" which was better? and why? Conversations can also be built around trust (and lies). Maddie is struggling with who to trust and who she wants to be what events strengthen trust? which harm it? Can the trust be regained?
10 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer ages: 14, 15. Also reviewed by student volunteer, age 16
Buy. This is a book you will love and want to share with your friends.
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