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August 10, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon •  September 1, 2015 • Delacorte Books for Young Readers (Random House Kids)
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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.


I received this book for free from Random House Kids in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “I’ve read many more books than you.”

You know what Everything Everything kind of remind me of? That Jake Gyllenhaal movie called Bubble Boy because he has no immune system and has to spend his life in a bubble. However, Everything Everything isn’t quite like Bubble Boy. Yeah, Madeline suffers an immune disease (severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)) where she is extremely vulnerable of contracting diseases, but she is confined to her very white house 24/7 and doesn’t get into the same shenanigans as Bubble Boy. Madeline is carefully watched by a nurse to make sure she doesn’t get sick, and is stuck in a routine, but it eventually changes when a new family moves in next door and Madeline sees Olly, the boy in all black. She starts pulling away from her mom for the chance to be normal. Now this is where I started groaning.

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