In EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING by Nicola Yoon, Madeline suffers from a rare and famous disease called SCID. She calls it 'bubble baby disease' because she lives in a metaphorical bubble; she’s not allowed to leave her house. The only people she socializes with are her mother and her nurse, Carla. Her days are a dull repetition of virtual school, Phonetic Scrabble and conversations about books with Carla.
However, everything changes when she sees her new neighbor, Olly, for the first time. All of a sudden, she finds herself talking to him through IM, emails and quirky messages written on their windows with marker. Madeline opens up to him about concerns and feelings that she's never able been able to talk about because of her lack of interaction with people her age. In fact, Olly prompts her to feel something she's never felt before: love.
Madeline has quickly become my favorite character in YA literature! Her story in absolutely amazing not because of her medical condition, but because we can all find a piece of ourselves in her. Madeline seems to fully represent our feelings, relationships and ideals as teenagers. I also really enjoyed Olly's development throughout the story as we got to know more about him through his endless conversations with Madeline.
Madeline has quickly become my favorite character in YA literature…[she] seems to fully represent our feelings, relationships and ideals as teenagers.
EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING also focuses on promoting diversity and embracing your own quirks. For example, Madeline is a social outcast who offers a different side to everyone's perceptions of her. Not many authors want to talk about this issue, and Yoon did a great job with it.
The illustrations, which were drawn by Nicola Yoon's husband, David, were marvelous as well. They added a bit of quirky-ness to the entirety of the book. There are also abundant lists, excerpts of conversations between Madeline and Olly and charts, all of which are presented in an extremely unique and friendly manner.
What's most exciting though, is that EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING is being turned into a movie, soon! The producing company MGM optioned the rights to Yoon's novel, although not many details have been revealed. This new novel will grab everyone's attention with its romantic and cute storyline and memorable characters. In all, this book is an absolute must-read for everyone this fall, no matter what books they're used to reading.
Reviewed by Rachel D., Teen Board member on September 14, 2015