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Everything, Everything Paperback – March 7, 2017
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Gr 10 Up—From the first page, Madeline Whittier is a sympathetic character who has had to watch the world from the inside of a bubble—literally. Her diagnosed condition of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency is a life sentence that limits her to a world of two people: her mother, who is a doctor, and her nurse. Everything changes when Olly and his family move into the house next door. Olly is the kind of inventive guy who figures out a way to communicate with Madeline, and over the course of the next few months Madeline becomes Maddy, a young woman who takes potentially deadly risks to protect Olly emotionally, if not physically. Maddy's and Olly's hastily planned trip to Maui and their tastefully described liaison while there suggests a mature teen audience, but readers of Cammie McGovern's Say What You Will (HarperCollins, 2014) and Wendy Mills's Positively Beautiful (Bloomsbury, 2015) will fall in love with this humorously engaging story of a girl who discovers life, love, and forgiveness in new places. VERDICT Everything, Everything is wonderful, wonderful.—Jodeana Kruse, R. A. Long High School, Longview, WA --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
“Gorgeous and lyrical.” --The New York Times Book Review
"[A] fresh, moving debut."--Entertainment Weekly, A-
"YA book lovers, your newest obsession is here."--MTV.com
★ "This heartwarming story transcends the ordinary by exploring the hopes, dreams, and inherent risks of love in all of its forms." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
★"Everything, Everything is wonderful, wonderful."—SLJ, Starred Review
“I give all the stars in the sky to Nicola Yoon's sparkling debut. Everything, Everything is everything, everything—powerful, lovely, heart-wrenching, and so absorbing I devoured it in one sitting. It’s a wonder. The rare novel that lifts and shatters and fills you all at once.” —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places
“With her stunning debut, Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon has constructed an entirely unique and beautiful reading experience. Gorgeous writing meshes with original artwork to tell a love story like no other. You’ve never read a book like this.” —David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland
“Everything, Everything has everything . . . romance, heart, and intelligence. Nicola Yoon's book and voice stayed with me long after I finished reading.” —Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
“There's a quiet beauty about Everything, Everything that kept me captivated from start to finish. Olly and Madeline's love story stole my heart.”--Katie McGarry, author of Nowhere But Here
"This extraordinary first novel about love so strong it might kill us is too good to feel like a debut. Tender, creative, beautifully written, and with a great twist, Everything, Everything is one of the best books I've read this year." --Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Leaving Time
"A do-not-miss for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell (aka everyone)."--Justine Magazine
"A vibrant, thrilling, and, ultimately, wholly original tale that's bound to be an instant hit."--Bustle.com
"This is an easy romance to get caught up in."--Publishers Weekly
"Deeply satisfying."--The Bulletin
"Nicola Yoon’s first novel will give you butterflies."--Seventeen
“Not only was I totally hooked . . . by the end I was totally blown away.”—Arun Rath, NPR Weekend’s All Things Considered
“Heartwarming and inventive.”—Mashable.com
“Readers will root for the precocious Maddy as she falls hard for the boy next door . . . teens in search of a swoonworthy read will devour.”--Booklist
“It’s tempting to drop everything everything once you’ve begun . . . it’s hard not to be consumed by this tale of doomed love.” The Times, London
"I just couldn't put it down . . . If you’re a fan of The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay or Before I Die, then this book is for you."--TheGuardian.com
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by:
B&N Teen Blog
The Miami Herald
School Library Journal
A #1 New York Times bestseller
A #1 Publishers Weekly bestseller
A #1 Indie bestseller
A USA Today bestseller
A Wall Street Journal bestseller
A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens
An Indies Introduce selection
Selected as one of the Best Multicultural Books of the Year by the Center for the Study Multicultural Children’s Literature
Praise for the Everything, Everything movie!
“This tearjerker gives you feels you haven’t experienced since The Fault in Our Stars.”—Cosmopolitan
“Sweetly romantic.”—Crystal Bell /MTV News
“A love story that will span all ages!”—Maria Salas /America TeVe
“Watch out world, a star is born with Amandla Stenberg.”—Shawn Edwards /FOX-TV
“A very sweet and tender teen romance.”—Mose Persico /CTV Montreal
“It is EVERYTHING . . . and then some!”—Ojinika Obiekwe /WPIX “Morning News”
“Amandla Stenberg is lovely and compelling, a definite star to watch.”—Rachel Simon /Bustle
“The chemistry between Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson flies off the screen and has you rooting for them from beginning to end.”—Erin Gross /Fangirlish
“Everything, Everything will make you cry tears of happiness and sadness.”—Mehera Booner /MarieClaire.com
“If you're not already crushing on Nick Robinson, you will be after this.”—Kelsie Gibson /PopSugar
“Everything, Everything is literally EVERYTHING!”—Matthew Hoffman /Regal Cinemas
“Amandla Stenberg is brilliant.”—Lindsey Smith /Teen.com
“The sweet and undeniable chemistry between breakout stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson makes Everything, Everything a must-see.”—Sharon Tharp /JustJared
“Everything, Everything will make you clutch your heart.” —Kerensa Cadenas /Complex
“Everything, Everything is the best teen drama to come around in a long time.”—Avery Thompson /HollywoodLife.com
“A vivid and ambitious adaptation of the beloved novel.”—Kate Erbland /IndieWire
“Everything, Everything is everything times two.”—Xilla Valentine /GlobalGrind.com
“A fantastic film about love that takes your breath away.”—Jasmine Simpkins /HipHollywood.com
“Amandla and Nick's performance is a great reminder that it's worth taking big risks for love.”—Nina Hajian /92.3 AMP Radio’s Shoboy In The Morning
“Everything, Everything will leave you feeling happy.”—Shaylee Henning /KCKC-FM
“It makes you reflect on the relationships in your life.”—Tight Pants /KSLZ-FM/iHeartRadio
Top customer reviews
Everything, Everything is similar to Recovery Road in terms of format. It is setup like a diary, though unlike Recovery Road it has pictures, and each would be chapter is short. However, with a movie coming up this August, starring Amandla Stenberg and Anika Noni Rose, you know I couldn’t resist. Though, let me tell you, this is by no means the best YA novel I’ve ever read.
Characters & Storyline
Since she was a baby, Madeline hasn’t left her house. Her mother, a doctor, has diagnosed her with SCIDs (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency) after her getting gravely ill as a baby. What this basically does is turn her into a bubble child (Think Jake Gyllenhaal’s Bubby Boy). Which, if you saw the movie, you’ll remember means a lot of remodeling of the family home in order to accommodate the disease. So, with some money Maddy’s mom came into, she is able to redo the house to keep Maddy healthy.
Thus leading to, for more than 15 some odd years, the only people Maddy interacting with being her mom and nurse Carla. However, then comes Olly, a boy who moves in next door. His curiosity, his being new to the area, draws him to the cute girl who just watches people from the window. So, thanks to a bit of perseverance, and Maddy’s own curiosity, they become friends and so blooms the desire to become something more. But is that possible when Maddy can’t do things normal girls do? Will Olly, considering his family situation, as well as the ability to meet tons of girls at school, really give him the time to deal with the frustration which is having to adjust his life to meet the requirements of what he needs to do just to see Maddy? Well…
Maddy and Olly’s Relationship Is Adorable
No matter what the YA novel is, pretty much it is the relationships and/or the friendships, that keep you interested. Especially in books like these which don’t have their lead with some serious sort of affliction which can give the reader a quick shock or scare. So, it makes it where as you read Maddy meeting and getting to know Olly, it is very cute. After all, once you take into account how isolated Maddy has been, and this is probably one of the few boys her age she has had the chance to interact with, it makes you a bit nostalgic.
This is, of course, assuming you are my age, nearly a decade away from Maddy’s, and reading her talk about the butterflies and how being within a couple of feet from someone you are into makes the hairs on your arms stand. All of it, truly, reminds you of what it was like to be young and have a full-fledged, it could happen, type of crush. The kind you dream about and so much more.
It’s Not Too Heavy or Sensationalized
I think I’m not alone in saying that the YA novel genre has become saturated with drug addiction, accidental deaths, various kinds of abuse, and with that it makes books which don’t include that seem tame. Heck, they seem boring in comparison. For, after all, books are about escapism, going into someone else’s world, usually more interesting than yours, and getting away. Yet, at the same time, books are also about finding someone, or something, to relate to, despite your difference.
Maddy’s life is bare. She has her mom, Carla, and a computer she strangely only does school work on. Even when Olly enters her life, there is nothing sensationalized about their relationship. He isn’t some bad boy she is trying to save nor is he just some curious dude who is bored.
In a lot of ways, Everything, Everything reminds you that storytelling, and coming of age, isn’t just about having sex for the first time, your first drink, your first smoke, or what often are considered things that adults do. It’s about experiencing life with the only influence your parents having is how they live by example and you deciding what to, or not to, take from that. Which includes how you handle being offered sex, drugs, and etc., as well as how you handle tragedy, how you are as a friend or partner when that other person is hurting and more.
Overall: Mixed (Borrow)
While I really have nothing but praise for Everything, Everything here is the thing. It’s not for everyone. This book isn’t about escapism but providing perhaps a character to relate to. Hence why Maddy is Black and Asian, just like Nicola Yoon’s children will be. This book, in a way, is about breaking the mold, not giving in to the need for sudden shocks and the usual beliefs of what teens get themselves, and each other, into. This book is for those who may have issues with their parents, maybe never been kissed, but nonetheless are completely normal. With that, as much as the book has quotable lines up the ying yang, it doesn’t really bring me to say you should buy it nor can I strongly recommend it. It’s a quick read which won’t be taxing on your time and emotions but with it just being cute, even with Maddy’s diagnosis, it doesn’t come up with ways to make you wanna read this over and over again. As much as we get to know Maddy and Olly, as well as their friends and family, they don’t leave a strong impression for they are so normal that, minus or plus one or two things, you probably already know someone like them.
Hence the Mixed (Borrow) label for while those prepping for the movie I think may enjoy the insight, and surely will look forward to certain moments in the movie, I think on its own Everything, Everything may do things differently, but not in such a way it becomes exemplary.
Everything, Everything was EVERYTHING I wanted in a contemporary YA romance and more! This book was unputdownable for me and the pages were just flying by and before I knew it the all-consuming romance between Madeline and Olly was put to an unfortunate end. The book overall just flowed right through me and it was such an easy and beautifully written read overall! The characters of Madeline and Olly were so delightfully youthful and full of that nostalgic first love that was almost too sweet and authentic to handle! Madeline and Olly are quirkiness overload and I indulged in every single second of it!
"I keep picturing myself floating high above the earth. From the edge of space, I can see the whole world all at once. My eyes don't have to stop at a wall or at a door. I can see the beginning and the end of time. I can see infinity from there. For the first time in a long time, I want more than I have."
Meet Madeline (Played by Amandla Stenberg)
The main character is a girl named Madeline Whittier (AKA Maddy who is nicknamed by Olly) who suffers from severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) which is known as the "bubble boy disease". She hasn't been able to get out of her own house in almost 17 years because she has a weak immune system. Maddy literally lives in a bubble consisting of a decontaminated house in Los Angeles filled with white walls. Madeline's whole universe consists of her caretaker nurse Carla and her mother. Maddy is described as half Jamaican and half Japanese. In YA novels usually, the diversity is lacking and it is refreshing to read about a girl named Maddy who comes from such a diverse background!
Maddy is one of my favorite YA characters because of her outlook on life. She has an adorably curious nature about her and I love how she is fascinated with the outside world around her which she showcases in her notebook and doodles. When she writes about creating the perfect kissing atmosphere I fell in love with her pure innocence and found her to just be full of awesomeness!
Maddy has made peace with her disease and even though she is immensely inquisitive about the outside world, she feels safe with her world of books, writing down random facts and quippy book reviews in her journal, and playing phonetic book scrabble with her mother.
The story really begins when a new family moves in next door to Maddy and she sees Olly outside her window. When Maddy becomes curious about Olly is the start of Maddy seeing beyond the confines of her pristine white walls. Olly is a boy that is deeply troubled due to some intense family issues and Maddy is just the girl to help him escape the madness of his life. Olly is at first seen as your typical broody teenager who wears all black and Maddy is the one to bring some color into his world.
The dynamic between Maddy and Olly was unique and I absolutely adored reading their conversations and flirtations with one another! Since Maddy has the SKID disease, she cannot interact with anyone outside of her mom and caretaker Carla because she can catch any diseases or sickness new people can bring. In order for Maddy to have new people come into the house, they need to go through a medical and physical background including decontamination (Decontamination entails having a high-speed air bath for an hour.) which Olly endures before meeting Maddy face to face. Although in the beginning they really get to connect with one another online. Maddy and Olly on many nights exchange some hilariously sweet instant messaging chats. Both characters fell in love with one another through learning about one another more than the physical attraction aspect of it which is rare to find in many teen romances.
"And then your eyes. I swear they change color. Sometimes they're almost black. Sometimes they're brown. I'm trying to find a correlation between the color and your mood, but I don't have it yet. I'll keep you posted."
"Correlation is not causation," I say, just to have something to say.
-Olly and Maddy
Meet Olly (Played by Nick Robinson)
Olly is one of the most selfless and protective characters that I have ever met and he will do anything to make sure that Maddy is safe. He is the kind of guy that is filled with energy and has a pension for headstands and hanging on things which frighten Maddy in the beginning. Throughout the story, Olly inspires Maddy to push past her comfort zone by living every ounce of life available to her even if it is her last.
"ONCE UPON A time there was a girl whose entire life was a lie."
Everything, Everything was a book that completely touched me in so many ways and I love how different it is compared to other romances I have read in the past. The chemistry between the characters was genuine and you can feel that they truly loved and cared for one another whether they were together and even deeper when they were apart. You can feel the strong and unbreakable bond between Olly and Madeline. Their connection was so in sync to one another and so unique that no one could truly break it.
This book made me laugh and I loved the idiosyncracies and banter between the two characters. I will never forget their amazing and spontaneous trip to Hawaii and Maddy's childlike fascination with the "humuhumunukunukuapuaa fish" (Which is a real fish by the way.), the gross bundt cake recipe, fascination with head stands, and obsession with outer space. Maddy and Olly speak their own language and it was a pleasure to delve into the world of Maddy and Ollie.
Nicole Yoon's Writing
Nicole Yoon's writing doesn’t prescribe to the normal conventions of a YA novel and there were so many eccentricities all throughout the book. One of the many things I loved best about Everything, Everything was Maddy's notebook. Maddy's notebook is the place where you are introduced to the world of Maddy. The notebook was filled with doodles, her own personal dictionary, medical charts, book reviews, and her own dramatic declarations of love for Olly. The voice of the characters in her writing is strong because you can really understand the struggle that the characters are going through. There were so many sentences in Yoon's book that I had to reread again and again in order to really experience her perfectly poetic language! The great thing about Nicole Yoon's writing is that not only is the writing impeccable, it is also an easy read that makes you want more of Maddy and Olly!
Pop Culture References (Shawn and Angela)
The chemistry between Maddy and Olly is as intense as the chemistry between Shawn and Angela in Boy Meets World! The sparks that flew between Shawn and Angela sometimes was more intense to watch than Cory and Topanga!
Even though, this book has to be one of the best YA romances I have read all year I have to say that there was a significant plot twist to the story that changed the whole trajectory of the book. The plot twist in the book took me in for a surprise and I felt it was a bit rushed and underdeveloped. If it wasn't for the plot twist in the book I would have given this book five stars but instead, I give it a solid four and a half stars.
Honestly, I feel like the plot twist was unnecessary for the book and it kind of devastated me in the end! I was completely and utterly surprised when I learned about this plot twist! I swear I didn't see it coming! My heart broke for the characters and I just found it hard to accept the truth because I felt it was so rushed. Even though the plot twist was disappointing please don't let the plot twist deter you from reading the book! This book is a must-read, it is unforgettable, and the chemistry and adventures between Maddy and Olly are everything you can ever imagine.