Published: 3rd September 2015
Publisher: Random House
Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?
Thank you to Random House for kindly sending me a review copy.
Madeline is allergic to the world. She has a white bedroom, a white couch and a white bookcase with coloured books. With the use of daily health diaries and jotted down memories from her childhood, Everything, Everything became a very unique story within a few chapters. When Olly moves into the house next door, things start to change: Madeline becomes interested in him, in the outside world.
“You should see my spoon collection.”
As far as cuteness go, Olly wins by a mile. His little comments towards Madeline are spot on, they’re not overly cheesy like you may expect from a Young Adult book but they’re enough to make you smile and feel all warm inside. As their friendship continues, Madeline forgets about the touching boundaries and seems to forget that this could possibly kill her. Yikes! We all know falling in love is powerful, but death? The relationship between Madeline, her Mother and her nurse Carla was something special; they were a very unit from the first page, knowing how each other ticked and what to do in the hope of love.
“It looks like someone sprinkled chocolate across your nose and cheeks.”
How can a narrative about one young teenage girl being in a house 24/7 be so powerful and life changing? Reading this allowed me to view how lucky I am to be able to walk outside whenever I wish. Madeline may just be another main character with a life changing illness, but it is one who has the ability to help shape the minds of the reader which makes Young Adult novels so bloody fantastic. Leading up to the end, Madeline gets the shock of her life and I couldn’t quite believe what I was reading. A mother would do THAT?!? The love between Madeline and Olly was just perfect; he loved her for who she truly is. If you enjoyed The Fault In Our Stars, you will love this (minus the whole Cancer story line though!).
“Sometimes you have to leave the people who love you the most, he said.”