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.
My Rating: ★★★★★
I recieved this book free from Netgalley.com for review purposes.
I literally just finished this book, in a day mind you, and immediately had to come tell you guys about it. I don’t want to give too much away like I do in my normal reviews, mainly because this book is not yet in publication.
Starting off, the main reason I wanted this book was the cover. I mean..look at it. It’s gorgeous. Then the description sounded amazing. So you can imagine how pleased I was when I found out I was indeed able to get it.
The book starts off with Madeline explaining about her life and what is going on. And you feel so sad for her. Stuck in a house her whole life because she has the bubble boy, in this case girl, disease SCID. I literally cannot imagine what that would be like.
Then this family moves in next door, and she sees Olly. And Olly sees her. As time moves on they start IMing, because she isn’t allowed a phone. Her nurse allows, without her mother knowing, this boy to come and visit Madeline, or Maddy as Olly calls her. Of course, he has to go through an hour decontamination process. Her nurse does this every day.
They do things she shouldn’t. Like hold hands. And kiss. And fall in love. One night Olly and his father get into a fight, and Olly gets hurt. Maddy without thinking leaves the house. Her mother says she’s lucky she didn’t get sick. And then gets grounded.
At this point my little heart is aching for the love that is blooming between these two. And SO glad she did not get sick.
A little later on Maddy decides she is SICK AND TIRED of just staying in that house and not living anymore. So she buys plane tickets and book a hotel room for her and Olly. They go. She gets sick. VERY SICK. But lives.
She also gets an Email from a Dr. that treated her in Maui, saying what I had been thinking the whole book. I won’t say this part. But it’s good.
That’s actually where I am going to end the little synopsis that I do and just..say my feelings about Everything, Everything.
I had read a few reviews before starting the book, and I thought I was going to be disappointed. I was not. The chapters were written in short little bursts. Which makes sense to me, since it is an 18 year old girl writing the “story”. Thoughts are hard for me to form sometimes, at least the way I want them to. The whole book I had this sense of dread like something terrible was going to happen…and usually I am right about them. Not this time.