Published by Random House Children's Books on September 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, New Experience, Friendship, Imagination & Play
eARC provided by Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.From the Hardcover edition.
How cute was this story? It was almost too perfect. I loved this YA romance. Everything, Everything was such a great story and the way the book was laid out made this such an easy read. I highly recommend this for readers young at heart.
Madeline has been sick her entire life. She is suffering from SCID, also known as bubble boy syndrome. She hasn’t been outside since her diagnosis. She lives in a controlled enviroment and has very few visitors. Her life is full of frequent checks up to her health, books, her mother (who is also her doctor), and her nurse Carla. She is happy despite her illness. Then a boy, named Olly, moves in next door and her whole world changes. He tries to get her attention and they end up meeting face-to-face. Olly changes everything for Maddy as she comes to terms with her real limitations for life.
Oh my god! The protagonist in this story is so damned adorable. Maddy is just so easy going. She takes her situation in stride and uses books to escape. I loved her interpretation of the books she read, and her love for her collection of books. Maddy is Furukawa, her mother is Japanese American and her father is African American. Her race has really nothing to do with this story, but it should be mentioned that this book will appeal to people looking for diverse books.
Maddy and her mother have a very close relationship. I guess they would have to since her mother and nurse are her whole world. Maddy lost her brother and father when she was very young so she doesn’t really remember them. She regularly has movie nights and game time with her mother. I loved to see the words they come up with for Phonetic Scrabble (aka fonetik skrabbl). Maddy has a great moral compass. It is easy for her to do the right thing and keep a positive outlook. Maddy is obviously the kid every parent would want.
Olly is this mysterious creature that lives next door. He has a lot of physical ability and is constantly doing tricks to show off to Maddy as she watches him through the window. He is determined to get to know Maddy. I loved his persistence. He is going though his own ordeal at home and Maddy is the perfect distraction for him with her optimistic demeanor. They are just so good for each other. Both Maddy and Olly are intelligently written characters. Olly is a dreamer and Madeline is a bit naive, but very easy going. It was easy to get to know them and even though it seems impossible I wanted to see them together.
This book is written in such a fun way. We get Maddy’s daily health Log, spoiler reviews by Maddy, parts of a hand written diary, and cool illustrations. This is the kind of book you want a hard copy of. Those little snippets made this a really fast read. Although parts of this story are predictable, I was surprised with the little twist. I was actually a bit sad when it was over, because I enjoyed the story so much. But at least it left me with a smile on my face.