Friday, 11 September 2015

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

Stuck in her little world, Maddie is allergic to everything outside her home. To occupy her time, she reads, makes projects, writes, and tries not to feel like she's missing out. Until new neighbours move in and Maddie has new things to observe but also a new reminder of the life she cannot have.

Maddie was really sweet and her situation completely sucked but I didn't really connect with her until after she meet Olly. Despite her unique situation, I didn't really feel like she had much depth until she had someone different to interact with. But once she gets to know someone outside her little circle, she realises a dangerous new world view, one that mum and nurse really don't want her to risk. Something about Maddie and Olly tugged painfully on my heartstrings. It was the ultimate "want what you can't have" and I held my breath for most of this love story, waiting for the other shoe to drop.

She was cared for by her mother, who is a doctor, and a full time nurse Carla. It was clear that Maddie and Carla had a very close friendship; I thought it was really sweet how Maddie had another motherly figure in her life, someone who was willing to protect her and show her the way, especially when her mum didn't. We also got cool little extras, like screen shots of her Tumblr book reviews, text conversations, letters, online shopping confirmation; all these made Maddie's secluded existence come to life. 

I don't really know what I expected from this but what I got was an exceptional love story with a surprising mother/daughter relationship and a young woman who had to risk everything for a better life. It was sweet and gripping and completely romantic. Definitely an author to watch.

Published 3rd September 2015 by Corgi.

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