This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known.
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 17 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.
©2015 Nicola Yoon (P)2015 Listening Library
"This heartwarming story transcends the ordinary by exploring the hopes, dreams, and inherent risks of love in all of its forms."(Kirkus Reviews)
I am the Lower Secondary Teacher Librarian at an international school. I'm always looking for reading recommendations for teens.
Despite a few doubtful elements in the plot, the story held my attention from beginning to end. Young adults should love it.
This is a WONDERFUL book! There is a little intimacy at one point, but other than that, the book is AMAZING! It tells a wonderful story of a girl who is allergic to the world. In the end she finds out that she wasn't sick at all, but that her mum still hadn't recovered from the main character, Maddie's father and brother dying. Maddie finds love in this story and goes to places she always dreamed of going but couldn't. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good romantic and sad but happy book. It's just amazing.
I found the narration to be so painfully slow that I was forced to speed the audio to make it bearable. I also deduced the plot and "twist" long before the reveal. Overall disappointing recommendation.
"Bubble Girl Meets Boy"
Maddy has rare immune disease and must live in a sterile environment with minimal contact to the outside world. Enter new family next door with curious new boy, dressed in black, attempting to communicate via the window and bundt cake (it's a funny reference if you read it). Her mother is overprotective (no spoiler there); Olly's home life isn't ideal; and Maddy becomes more daring, wanting to experience the great big, wide world.
Sweet is an overused word, as is cute, but they fit. Maddy is innocent and likable, Olly is humorous and patient and I'd love to know where I can get a Carla (Maddy's constant companion/nurse). With an easy, mellifluous style, the story carries you away and it's over too soon. The mark of an enjoyable read.
"A BOOK TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE."
I have very few words for this book as I just listened to it and it is still fresh in my mind. I read a lot and rarely find a book that I will go back to and listen to all over again. However , Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a story that I will carry in my heart for a long time.The story is not only well written but it's illustrations of love and loss and life is one of the most riveting and (allow me to be redundant but ) spellbinding stories I've ever heard. I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone no matter age. "Everything is a risk.Not doing anything is a risk.It's up to you."
Nice love story age appropriate. Broken mother and well like characters, at least the main ones.
I loved, loved, loved this story! Not sure if I would have had the same reaction if I had been reading rather than listening - the narrator was fabulous. Inspiring and had a twist I truly didn't see coming.
"A favourite of all time"
YA rocks my world right now. This book was so everything everything that it is immediately shelved in my favourites 2015 folder. The writing, the concept for the story and the main characters were complete brilliance; I can't recommend this book highly enough. The narration by both narrators was fabulous but I have to say that Bahni Turpin rocked Maddie.
Eighteen year old Madeline has been kept in a bubble all her life, quite literally. She suffers from an rare disease that means she is allergic to everything. Everything could kill her. So, she lives in her house, with its air filters, air lock and access to two other human beings. She's been fairly content with her lot until a new family move in next door. Olly intrigues her and notices the girl at the window. They find a way to connect and get to know each other. I had an inkling of where this book was eventually going but the execution was just beautiful.
There is a uniqueness to this book that is refreshing. I was drawn into Maddy's world and predicament, desperate to advocate for her. Maddy and Olly made me 'feel'. I recommend this book and this author to anyone who reads!
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.
Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.
The storyline kept me hooked. Went through all kinds of emotion. Worried that the ending would be anti-climactic. Felt bad for Maddie and sad for their future. Made me wanna read all the books that she read. Made me want to visit Hawaii even more. didn't expect the ending even though I should have seen it coming. It's truly worth the read. Enjoyed it and the narrator immensely.
It's good. you won't regret it mother knows best. Or does she? Srsly you should read it
This was such an inspiring book and such a good read! I usually hate reading and I never like to read, but this is my new favorite book. I love it so much. Recommend it 100%
Studies show there are only 12 different types of storytelling that are possible, and this one is now one of my favorite books. Similar the book Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe, I will re-listen/read this book because the effective storyline and strong relatable characters. The characters are given solid backgrounds and throughout the story. I hope you enjoy this book as much as anyone else who has shared a positive review about this book!
I really love that the main character is biracial-and that it's not a big deal. I wish the real world could be like this, but even though I'm biracial myself, the main character is white by default to me. This was a pleasant surprise.
The twist in the story was really nice, and I really wasn't expecting it. However, the "voice" of the main character felt too old to me to be the voice of a young girl, but after listening for about an hour, I was more used to it.
"Loved it!!! Every bit of it"
Thoroughly enjoyed this heart wrenching story... Bit of drama..love... Romance... Family... Explore... Perfect!!!
"A story to be heard again"
I loved this book, I knew I'd be hooked from the start and I was. the characters were well thought out and the story, though on face-value, seemed slightly fare-fetched, was very believable.
I wish it had been longer, I want to know if Madeleine completely recovers, does her mother? What happens to Carla?
Definitely recommend this book.
poignant sad thought provoking. I came to this after The Sun is Also a Star I loved it as much. Essentially a love story on many different levels. For audio beautifully read by the same Lady as The Sun is Also a Star.
Amazing book. Would be good for teens or tweens. Brings a sense of sadness and hope into one story.
"A book that leaves that happy feeling."
I am not a person who enjoyes romance novels but I really enjoyed this. You can feel the main characters inner struggles about not being able to live. I think there could be a metaphore out there for all my fellow introverted people out there but I am not sure. After I finished listening It left me with a happy feeling knowing the characters are very well off.
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