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 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.
Loved it and now excited for the film release (although, a film version is rarely as good as the book it's based on). Fell in love with the characters straight away. If there was anything i could amend, would be to hear the male voice actor more often for Olly's dialogue.
The story was quite good but unfortunately the reading/performance of it was, in my opinion, quite poor and lacking in emotion. This really did have a negative impact on my overall enjoyment of the novel itself. In fact, I wish I'd just read the book myself.
I brought this on the back of seeing a trailer of the upcoming film. I thought it would be as fantastic as 'Fault in Our Stars'. Don't get me wrong its a cute little book but not as great as I imagined it to be.
Cute little read without being overly emotional or a hard read.
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.
"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.
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.
It's good. you won't regret it mother knows best. Or does she? Srsly you should read it
"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."
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.
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!
"It's okay, okay"
This story was cute, I enjoyed the beginning and the romance. SPOILERS: I found the end very frustrating. The metaphors became very heavy handed and preachy. Her mother basically imprisoned her her whole life and there were no repercussions. The ethics of raising a child in a bubble that is actually sick is already questionable... The book seems to want us to forget the extremity of what has happened to only see it as a metaphor and accept her mother did all of this for love. I can't get behind it.
"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.
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