This week I finished the novel Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. This story follows the life of 18-year-old Maddy, who has been isolated in her home for most of her life because of an immunodeficiency illness. Her home is hermetically sealed to prevent anything from getting to Maddy and making her ill. Because of her isolation, Maddy doesn’t know all the things that she has missed out in the world until a new neighbor, Olly, moves in. Olly harbors his own personal demons as he has an abusive and alcoholic father. Soon Maddy and Olly become friends, first through text messages and looking through their windows but soon their friendship blossoms into a romance. With the help of Maddy’s nurse, Carla, the two soon start to see each other in person until Maddy’s mom discovers their meetings. Through their relationship, hidden secrets soon emerge and they will risk everything to be together.
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. First of all, it’s the story of a girl that has been secluded because of her illness for most of her life. It shows the isolation that someone with such a profound illness must endure. Secondly, it’s a great romance story with a bi-racial couple, as Maddy is Asian/African American and Olly is white. It also deals with mental illness and in a small part, homosexuality (in the case of Olly’s friend who hadn’t came out to his family). I think all of diverse topics this book deals with, it is an excellent book for any middle school/high school student.
I did watch the movie right after reading the book. I must say that although the movie is nice, it most definitely does not go well with the book in terms of content. There were so many elements that were left out of the book, I would highly recommend reading the book whether you have already watched the movie or not.
Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/0LyEE7eR0nM