Read and Weep: Everything, Everything


Written by Abbey Norton |

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Realistic Fiction

Wake up. Get a daily check-up. Eat foods that won’t trigger your immune system. Read. Talk with your online tutors. Read some more. Spend time with Mom. Let yourself accept this bubble is your world, and you will never venture Outside. That’s okay because you don’t want to.

This is the daily life for Madeline, a victim of the disease SCID (severe mixed immunodeficiency syndrome), which makes her allergic to basically everything. Her life is so plain in her bubble—Her bedroom walls are white, which match her white shirts, white Ked shoes, white life. Plain. Simple.

Until she hears the whirring and beeping of a moving truck and sees the black wardrobe of a teenage boy, bouncing, looking up at her window.

His name is Olly. His mom makes inedible Bundt cakes. One day, he will fall in love with Maddy. And that will change her life.

And maybe the bubble will pop.

Rate: five stars (six stars! seven stars! as many stars as there are in the night sky!)

Likes: You will not expect anything that happens to happen. This book is so easy to read and enjoy. There is no deeper meaning—just love, bright and blinding. Nothing is wrong with a good romance novel, especially one that will swallow you whole.

Dislikes: It wasn’t longer.

Overall, it was one of the best romance novels for teens I’ve ever read, only slightly short of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.