Nicola Yoon’s story Everything, Everything, is a must read!
Yoon’s story really makes you think, which is probably cliche, because all books should make you think. It’s hilarious in a sincerity, sad, full of anguish, and most importantly, love.
Our main character is Madeline Whittier a girl who has SKID row, and has never left her house in seventeen years.
Her nurse’s name is Carla, and she loves her to death. Everything is okay with her, Her white room, white clothes, white couch, and bookshelf of books all with: Property of Madeline Whittier in it.
That is, until Olly moves next door.
Olly is a boy who can breathe real, unsafe, polluted air. He wore black all the time. He had a life outside of his home, and could climb on his roof and do who knows what.
They met for a brief moment, looking out the window. He smiled at her, while she just frowned. She hadn’t done it on purpose, but an accidental response. This was the first of many real meetings.
Plot twists, humor and heartbreak are in your future.
To wet your appetite, here’s an excerpt of [Nicola] Yoon’s story, Everything, Everything:
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.