“Everything, Everything”, debut novel by Nicola Yoon, is a story of two teenagers falling deeply into love. This story explores the emotional highs and lows that are associated with “first love”, and the turmoil of forbidden love.
Summary: Madeline Whittier, a seventeen-year-old girl who suffers from a rare disease known as Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), has not been out of her home in 17 years. Madeline, essentially living in a bubble, is allergic to everything. Since her allergies are so severe, she only ever has two visitors: her mom, who is also a doctor, and her nurse, Carla.
One day Madeline hears a moving truck next door. To her amazement a family has taken up residence, and they have a cute teenage son, Olly. Madeline instantly knows she is going to fall in love with Olly. This begins the journey of Madeline’s struggle with being a prisoner to her own disease and being a normal teenage girl who is falling in love.
My Thoughts: First, can I just talk about the art on the cover, as well as throughout the book? It is gorgeous! According to the Author Page, Nicola’s husband illustrated the entire thing. He is so talented! Between her writing skills and his art, they make an excellent team.
As for the literary content on the book, I really enjoyed it. The writing style is very unique, in that the author uses not only narrative, but also pictures, emails, IMs, etc. to tell the story. I found the prose to be very thoughtful, and at times deeply moving. The characters are very well-developed, which left me emotionally attached to each one. The struggles Madeline experiences are relatable, even to someone who does not suffer from SCID. (I think we can all remember being a young teenage girl trapped by circumstances or emotions beyond our control.)
Would I recommend this book? Yes. I think it’s a great debut novel from Nicola Yoon. I am looking forward to reading her new novel, “The Sun is Also a Star” releasing on November 1, 2016.
Some of My Favorite Quotes from Everything, Everything
“Will I encounter turbulence? Yes. Into all lives a little turbulence must fall.”
“In the beginning there was nothing and then there was everything.”
“The Void – a universe that can wink into existence can wink out again.”
I have so many more quotes that I would love to include, but then I would be posting the entire novel to my blog. (Haha) I think this book is worth a read, if not only for the creative and inspirational ways Nicola writes about life.