Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
‘Everything Everything’ is about the love of smart and inquisitive girl Maddy Whittier. Eighteen-year-old Maddy suffers from SCID, an immuno-deficiency disease that prevents her from leaving her home and interacting with others. Her mother, Pauline Whittier, takes care of her with the help of her nurse Carla, who has taken care of Madeline for 15 years. Only Pauline, Carla and Carla's daughter, Rosa, are allowed in the home. Maddy yearns to see the world, particularly the ocean. Until one day someone moves into their neighbour hood, a boy who goes by Olly, giving meaning to her life.
My favourite character in the story has to be Maddy Whittier. Even though, Maddy has SCID she wants to be treated like anyone else. She hates when people feel sorry for her just because she is different from everyone else. Maddy keep a “dictionary” on what the words mean to her, she defines promises as “the lie you want to keep”. There are quotes like that, that makes your heartbreak and there quotes like “boys are savages” that will make you laugh out loud. Maddy always take her opportunities to live a proper life. Always. Maddy felt very real to me because she is one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever read about. While she is battling her own disease she is also fighting her mental illnesses, which can make a lot of teens and adults relate to her. If I had to rant about something it would be the ending. Don’t get me wrong , I still love the book. I just felt like the ending was incomplete and rushed. It was really quick and it didn’t really capture the whole essence of the book. I would still recommend the book because it is very well-written.
Recommend for: Y8s+
Theme: romance, adventure and drama