“Everything's a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It's up to you.”- Nicola Yoon
Madeline is allergic to the world, this is because she was diagnosed with a very rare disease referred to as SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency )- and for precaution she can not leaver her home or go outside.
It sounds bizarre, but this is Madeleine's reality. Locked in her airtight home where she can only breath clean filtered, Madeline has a lot of spare time. After catching up on her studies and playing one of many games with her loving mother she loves to read and imagine/ dream of what it's like outdoors...her life would have stayed like this if it wasn't for Olly.
Olly is the new boy next door which becomes Madeleine's new mystery. From sharing the occasional sidewards glance to emailing, then further progressing to IM, these two quickly become close friends without actually having met in person.
What happens next?
Well after Madeleine's nurse breaks a crucial rule, everything starts to go haywire.
This book is definitely a quick read, but definitely compelling and one which you find quite difficult to put down. Everything Everything is definitely a fun read keeping you on edge and curious to see what happens next. This book is definitely composed of secrets, lies, love and discovery (wait till the end)... though also focusing on the important relationship between mother and daughter rather than just daughter and lover.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the book, particularly through the imagery used to describe what Madeline was missing out on- making the reader feel fortunate and appreciate the smaller things. One critique would be some of the 'cliche-ness' particularly for the romance elements.
I would recommend this book to readers 13 years and over, particularly those who (like me) are fans of The Fault in our Stars.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon AUD$19.99 (approx)
The Young Book Critic