08 February 2017

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hardcover306 pages
Published September 1st 2015

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.

My thoughts… **spoilers**

Madeline was diagnosed with a rare disease as a child, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, SCID. Because of this, she can’t go outside, can’t touch people, can’t even be around people unless they’ve been decontaminated first.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door and the boy catches her eye.  Olly, the boy next door, and Maddy begin emailing each other.  Olly and his family struggle with an abusive father and Maddy can hear Olly’s dad yelling from her window and she worries about his situation.  Maddy keeps her relationship with Olly a secret from her mother and it causes a rift to form between them.

Maddy’s mother does everything to keep her alive and far away from the outside world, she discovers her relationship with Olly and forbids her to have any more contact with him.  Maddy decides she wants to get out and see the world and live. She lies to Olly about her taking medication to help her illness and gets him to go on a trip to Hawaii.  While on the trip she does become ill and has to be hospitalized.  When she returns home, she begins to question her mother about her illness.

Maddy discovers that there was never any paper work, lab results or doctor’s notes diagnosing her illness.  It turns out Maddy was never sick to begin with, her mother had been lying entire time and acted like she didn't know and it was all a mistake.  Her mom pretended Maddy was sick so she could keep her safe and not lose her like she lost her husband and son in a car accident.

Even though the illness was a little farfetched and the hired nurses didn’t suspect she wasn’t sick… I still enjoyed it.


Happy Reading ~ Jovi

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