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Review: Everything, Everything

January 8, 2016

Everything, Everything

Madeline has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency so she lives in relative isolation in her sterile home.  The only people she has contact with are her mother, a nurse who comes daily, and one teacher on a rare occasion.  It’s the only life she remembers so she’s learned to accept it and make the best of it, until a fascinating boy moves in next door.  Madeline watches him through the window and, before you know it, they’re communicating.  Their relationship evolves and Madeline begins to wonder about the rest of the world.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I picked up Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon but I was pleasantly surprised to be totally captivated by it.  Madeline doesn’t remember being out in the world before her diagnosis and has learned to be content with school, books, games, and the internet and I just adored her.  She’s got a lot to deal with as a kid but handles it well.  When Olly moves next door, though, she begins to wonder about the outside world.

Olly has issues of his own but still manages to be kind and caring.  His worldliness seems exotic to Maddy and she finds herself thinking of him often.

I loved Everything, Everything from beginning to end – I couldn’t read it fast enough yet didn’t want it to end.  There is a twist towards the end that has bothered other people but I loved it.  It shocked me and made me think about loss and love.  This book made my favorites of 2015 and I recommend it to ages 13 and up.

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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27 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2016 7:08 am

    It sounds really good!

  2. January 8, 2016 7:16 am

    I’ve heard good things, and it has a fabulous cover, glad you liked it.

  3. January 8, 2016 7:28 am

    Living in an isolated world seems less terrible in this day of the Internet. Imagine being shut away before the online world offered interesting things to pursue! Thanks for sharing, and now I am definitely intrigued.

  4. Beth F permalink
    January 8, 2016 7:39 am

    I have this on my shelf — sounds like I’d better read it.

  5. January 8, 2016 9:14 am

    I agree with Laurel Rain, but it still would be awful to not be able to step outside. This is on my list to read. Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. January 8, 2016 9:32 am

    I do like a good YA every now and then. This does sound like a good one.

  7. Patty permalink
    January 8, 2016 11:09 am

    Lovely thoughts…I have heard only good things about this one!

  8. January 8, 2016 11:22 am

    I’d like to try this one

  9. January 8, 2016 11:58 am

    I don’t usually go for YA but this one sounds lovely and it is on my TBR list for this year.

  10. January 8, 2016 5:52 pm

    Kathy,

    Excellent review! It sounds like you loved everything about Everything, Everything! 🙂 I will definitely keep an eye out for this book.

    Enjoy your weekend< Kathy.

  11. Literary Feline permalink
    January 8, 2016 7:24 pm

    I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one so much, Kathy! I admit to being curious about it.

  12. January 8, 2016 7:30 pm

    I loved this book, too! You review makes me want to read it again! That twist at the end was definitely not what I wanted, but it fit the story. In the end, I really did enjoy the book. I can’t wait to read more by Yoon!

  13. The Cue Card permalink
    January 8, 2016 7:41 pm

    Oh I’m so glad you liked it — as I want to read it too, and now I feel sure it’ll be a winner!

  14. January 8, 2016 10:31 pm

    Seems like everyone loves this… must read!!

  15. January 9, 2016 6:31 am

    I never thought about how much difference the internet would make with children with SCID, but it is incredible to think about how much better it is for them now at least in that respect!

  16. January 9, 2016 7:43 am

    You definitely liked this one more than I did, although I can see why so many people loved it. I’m glad it worked so well for you. 🙂

  17. January 9, 2016 10:13 am

    I’ll have to mention this to the kids at school who are always looking for a great new book!

  18. January 9, 2016 4:53 pm

    This sounds excellent and I want to read it. I just clicked over to my library’s website to see if they have it. They do and I requested it. This is going to be one YA I can tell my granddaughter to read rather than vice versa.Thanks for the recommendation Kathy.

  19. January 9, 2016 5:12 pm

    I enjoyed this one too, although probably not as much as you. I took issues with some bits of it.

  20. January 10, 2016 11:43 am

    Yes, I need to read this one. Enough people I trust have raved about it.

  21. bookingmama permalink
    January 11, 2016 9:02 am

    That sounds fantastic! I should try some YA right now.

  22. January 11, 2016 11:28 am

    I loved this one too. The twist is controversial and I get why people are bothered by it. But definitely a worthwhile read. So glad you enjoyed it.

  23. January 11, 2016 1:03 pm

    I’ve heard so many great things about this book – I need to read it soon!

  24. January 12, 2016 1:25 am

    You’ve convinced me to add this to my list!

  25. January 13, 2016 2:35 am

    I’m happy to hear you loved it too. I really enjoyed it and while it didn’t exactly made my list of favorites in 2015, it came close. I’m still unsure how I feel about the ending, but it certainly made me think.

  26. January 14, 2016 8:46 pm

    YESSSSSSSSSSS! I am so happy you loved it, too!

  27. January 21, 2016 8:02 am

    I hadn’t heard of this one yet, but it sounds really interesting! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina

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