by Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything focuses on Maddy, who has "Bubble Baby Disease" and has lived for years inside a sterile environment, having contact only with her physician mother and her nurse Carla. Then Olly, a gorgeous boy with smooth parkour's moves, arrives next door and everything changes. After flirting through the windows of their neighboring bedrooms, they connect via email and begin a secret relationship. Finally Carla, who realizes something's up, allows Olly to visit. As they fall in love, Olly and Maddy struggle to find a way to be together. His abusive alcoholic father and her obsessively overprotective mother are seemingly insurmountable roadblocks to romance. Spot art, emails, instant messaging and medical charts, as well as Maddy's "Spoiler Alert" blog about the books she reads, make this a unique read, but it is the sympathetically quirky characters, that make this story so compelling. The major motion picture starring Amanda Stenberg and Nick Robinson was released in May of 2017.
Delacorte Press, September 1, 2015, 307 pages, HS.
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