Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything

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Overview

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller—now a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly.

Risk everything . . . for love.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. 

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.

Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It's an innovative,  inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more. 

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101916377
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

NICOLA YOON is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star, a Michael L. Printz Honor book and a National Book Award finalist. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who created the artwork in these pages, and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel, and the major motion picture based on the book will be available to own this August (digital movie 8/1 and Blu-ray™ 8/15).

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BRTHDAE UISH
 
“MOVIE NIGHT OR Honor Pictionary or Book Club?” my mom asks while inflating a blood pressure cuff around my arm. She doesn’t mention her favorite of all our post-dinner activities—Phonetic Scrabble. I look up to see that her eyes are already laughing at me.
 
“Phonetic,” I say.
 
 She stops inflating the cuff. Ordinarily Carla, my full-time nurse, would be taking my blood pressure and filling out my daily health log, but my mom’s given her the day off. It’s my birthday and we always spend the day together, just the two of us.
  
She puts on her stethoscope so that she can listen to my heartbeat. Her smile fades and is replaced by her more serious doctor’s face. This is the face her patients most often see— slightly distant, professional, and concerned. I wonder if they find it comforting.
 

Impulsively I give her a quick kiss on the forehead to remind her that it’s just me, her favorite patient, her daughter.
 
 
She opens her eyes, smiles, and caresses my cheek. I guess if you’re going to be born with an illness that requires constant care, then it’s good to have your mom as your doctor.
 
 
A few seconds later she gives me her best I’m-the-doctor- and-I’m-afraid-I-have-some-bad-news-for-you face. “It’s your big day. Why don’t we play something you have an actual chance of winning? Honor Pictionary?”
  
Since regular Pictionary can’t really be played with two people, we invented Honor Pictionary. One person draws and the other person is on her honor to make her best guess. If you guess correctly, the other person scores.

 
I narrow my eyes at her. “We’re playing Phonetic, and I’m winning this time,” I say confidently, though I have no chance of winning. In all our years of playing Phonetic Scrabble, or Fonetik Skrabbl, I’ve never beaten her at it. The last time we played I came close. But then she devastated me on the final word, playing JEENZ on a triple word score.
 
 “OK.” She shakes her head with mock pity. “Anything you want.” She closes her laughing eyes to listen to the stethoscope.
 
 We spend the rest of the morning baking my traditional birthday cake of vanilla sponge with vanilla cream frosting. After it’s cooled, I apply an unreasonably thin layer of frosting, just enough to cover the cake. We are, both of us, cake people, not frosting people. For decoration, I draw eighteen frosted daisies with white petals and a white center across the top. On the sides I fashion draped white curtains.
  
“Perfect.” My mom peers over my shoulders as I finish up. “Just like you.”

  
I turn to face her. She’s smiling a wide, proud smile at me, but her eyes are bright with tears.

“You. Are. Tragic,” I say, and squirt a dollop of frosting on her nose, which only makes her laugh and cry some more. Really, she’s not usually this emotional, but something about my birthday always makes her both weepy and joyful at the same time. And if she’s weepy and joyful, then I’m weepy and joyful, too.
 

“I know,” she says, throwing her hands helplessly up in the air. “I’m totally pathetic.” She pulls me into a hug and squeezes. Frosting gets into my hair.
  
My birthday is the one day of the year that we’re both most acutely aware of my illness. It’s the acknowledging of the passage of time that does it. Another whole year of being sick, no hope for a cure on the horizon. Another year of missing all the normal teenagery things—learner’s permit, first kiss, prom, first heartbreak, first fender bender. Another year of my mom doing nothing but working and taking care of me. Every other day these omissions are easy—easier, at least—to ignore.
 

This year is a little harder than the previous. Maybe it’s because I’m eighteen now. Technically, I’m an adult. I should be leaving home, going off to college. My mom should be dreading empty-nest syndrome. But because of SCID, I’m not going anywhere.
  
Later, after dinner, she gives me a beautiful set of watercolor pencils that had been on my wish list for months. We go into the living room and sit cross-legged in front of the coffee table. This is also part of our birthday ritual: She lights a single candle in the center of the cake. I close my eyes and make a wish. I blow the candle out.
  
“What did you wish for?” she asks as soon as I open my eyes.
  
Really there’s only one thing to wish for—a magical cure that will allow me to run free outside like a wild animal. But I never make that wish because it’s impossible. It’s like wishing that mermaids and dragons and unicorns were real. Instead I wish for something more likely than a cure. Something less likely to make us both sad.
 
 “World peace,” I say.
 

Three slices of cake later, we begin a game of Fonetik. I do not win. I don’t even come close.
 

She uses all seven letters and puts down POKALIP next to an S. POKALIPS.
  

“What’s that?” I ask.
  

“Apocalypse,” she says, eyes dancing.
 

“No, Mom. No way. I can’t give that to you.”
  
“Yes,” is all she says.
 

“Mom, you need an extra A. No way.”
  

“Pokalips,” she says for effect, gesturing at the letters. “It totally works.”
 

I shake my head.
  
“P O K A L I P S,” she insists, slowly dragging out the word.
  
“Oh my God, you’re relentless,” I say, throwing my hands up. “OK, OK, I’ll allow it.”
  
“Yesssss.” She pumps her fist and laughs at me and marks down her now-insurmountable score. “You’ve never really understood this game,” she says. “It’s a game of persuasion.”
 

I slice myself another piece of cake. “That was not persuasion,” I say. “That was cheating.”

 
“Same same,” she says, and we both laugh.
  
“You can beat me at Honor Pictionary tomorrow,” she says.
 

After I lose, we go to the couch and watch our favorite movie, Young Frankenstein. Watching it is also part of our birthday ritual. I put my head in her lap, and she strokes my hair, and we laugh at the same jokes in the same way that we’ve been laughing at them for years. All in all, not a bad way to spend your eighteenth birthday.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read in a while! I love the plot, the characters, and especially the plot twist near the end. I also liked how Maddy reacted to being in love– it was so relateable, and I fell in love with Ollie too! This book will take your heart, rip it apart, patch it back together, and just keep repeating that. Everyone should read this book!!!
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ClaraReads More than 1 year ago
APPARENTLY IF YOU WANNA BOYFRIEND, HAVE A DISEASE AND HE WILL WUVVVV YOU! This is the stupidest thing ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because I wanted to read it before I watched the movie. I'm not one to write bad reviews, but this book was unrealistic and childish. I don't understand why the author had to put pictures in the book. That was my first complaint. Secondly, "the boy next door" is such an overused idea. Something original would be nice for a change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall a good book i know a lot of people who will recomend it Sadly im not one of them. I would say its for ages 13 andup.
unironicallykyra More than 1 year ago
I am a firm believer that books, and most manners of literature if I'm honest, don't need to follow any sort of set format or outline in order to be considered good. I very much enjoyed how Nicola Yoon was able to put her readers in the mindset of 18 year-old Madeline Whittier quite easily through the numerous illustrations included within the story. Yoon has her own style that is unique and childish and strangely memorable. That being said, this is a teenage romance through and through. The relationship between Madeline and Olly is sweet but also cliched (yet still very amusing!). I feel as though some of the issues plaguing the characters, especially the domestic abuse Olly's family faces, should have been given more depth instead of just a quick description of a few incidents. But the emotions Madeline faces, they are intense and range from joy to an acceptance of death. It's truly fascinating how Yoon was able to flow through these emotions so seamlessly. This only took me a few hours to finish, so I would definitely recommend this to those looking for a heartwarming, easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most beautiful book I will ever read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YA romance is so cheesy and I love it! This book was supposed to make my heart throb like so many before it and I thought it would. Although it was cute, quirky, and humorous, I had trouble falling head over heels in love with characters and was only half invested in the plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though we don't have a serious sickness that impedes us from ever leaving our house like Madeline, I love how we can still relate to her feelings and emotions. She's one of the greatest female protagonists I've read about in a long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt sleep until this book was finished. It was different and I enjoyed it.
branee More than 1 year ago
In the book, Madeline Whittier is diagnosed with SCID, the famous “bubble baby disease,” essentially trapping her inside her house. White everything, a ton of extra time, and no dust in sight-- that is until a promising friendship (and perhaps more) with the cute boy next door changes everything. I won't live the cover art is what drew me in, it is beautiful and doesn't stop at the cover. This book is filled with extra tidbits and doodles. The premise seemed simple to me, a girl is allergic to everything and must remain in her air-locked house. Sad? Sure, who wouldn't hate never leaving the house? Interesting? Yes, because who doesn't want to see how another person lives? Anyways...The book has elements to root for: diverse characters, unique formatting, and a lot of painstaking love that is absolutely fantastic (and real). It was a fast read due to the formatting and the fact that you get swept up in the novel (I finished in a few hours). Then, the ending... I don't want to give too much away but I was caught off guard. It is easy to see what an amazing storyteller Nicola Yoon is and personally I can't wait to read more of her work. Drawbacks for me- I would have liked the ending to have more of a dramatic flare. But that's more of a personal thing. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for something that is adorable and funny as well as a little heartache.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would definitely reccomend this book! It may be boring in the beginning, but it accelerates and becomes way more interesting. The entire time the emotions are clear and strong, making the reader feel them and want to root for her. The romance is great, not cheesy, too much contact, or just-friendly. It was a little rushed in the beginning, but I found it easy to disregard that. It's just right for me, righ in between G-rated and explicit. Love's attributes and pains are raw and expressive. Ollly also experiences hardships with and abusive father, and told from the point of view of the next-door neighbor, those events are every bit as real as the rest. The illustrations are great too. Excitement and fear lace the wonderful concoction as well when Olly's in some compromising circumstances and when Maddy almost dies because of her alllergy to random things (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency [SCID]). Your heart aches, races, flutters, and whatever else for the characters every step of the way through every powerful, meaningful event in the story. <p> Overall, the message this book delivers is stated on the cover: "The greatest risk is not taking one." Madeline had to take huge risks and challenge everything she knew to get to where she does at the end. I'm not going to spoil it for you; you have to read this book! So I may have lied a little to preserve the epicness. It's my new favorite. <p> ~&ETH&alpha&#1103&kappa &diams &#167&#1106i&eta&epsilon
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
This book lived up to the hype. It's adorable and funny, and I was routing for Madeline and Olly right from the start. Madeline has that disease where she is allergic to everything, so she lives in a bubble - luckily her whole house and not just a single room. She's never had friends other than her mother and her nurse, Carla. When Olly and his family move in next door, she becomes kind of obsessed with watching him, and then they strike up a friendship via the Internet. This book is filled with beautiful artwork and other fun things besides traditional writing, so you need to read the print version (paper or electronic). I'm glad I didn't try audio because I would have missed all of these extra tidbits. I love that Yoon jumps right into the plot with this book. There is no long exposition. The character development comes organically as things happen. The book is written from Madeline's point of view, but the reader gets to know Olly fairly well also. They are both complex characters with strong emotions. The friendship and romance is sincere and deep. I thoroughly enjoyed their story. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/06/book-review-everything-everything-ya.html
yourstrulyjulie More than 1 year ago
Snuggled on a couch with a fuzzy cozy blanket, I devoured Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything in one sitting. There were other people in the room beckoning me to join in the social gathering. I tried to put the book down several times and kept failing. Diagnosed with SCID, the famous “bubble baby disease,” Madeline Whittier is essentially trapped inside her house. Until a burgeoning friendship—and more—with the cute boy next door changes everything. I wasn’t very drawn by the premise—I’m not usually into contemporary romance-centered YA. Especially when they involve “boys that change everything.” Still, I thought I would like the book because it has elements I root for: diverse characters and a unique format (vignettes, messages, emails, post-its, etc). But I had no idea that I would fall into it and not emerge until I reached the last page, when I dazedly looked up and wondered where the last few hours had gone. There were heartbreaking parts and heartsoaring parts. All written deftly and lyrically. The author is so talented that the meh-premise (in my opinion) becomes extraordinary and unique. The adorableness was compounded by the extra adorable fact that the author’s husband did the illustrations. When the “twist” at the end happens, I was caught off guard. And at first, I thought it might be a cop-out deux ex machina move. But with the resolution, I revised that thought. Read this book if you want simple things spun into complex metaphors and emotions. Read this book if you want complex depths written about in a simple, unadorned way. Read this book if you want to feel. It’s been a couple of weeks since I flipped to the last page of Everything, Everything. And I’m still simmering in post-book blues. from mint & ink: https://mintandink.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/the-inkwell-everything-everything-by-nicola-yoon/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a little hard to get into at first but it get a lot more extravagent as you continue. There is a lot of painstaking love that is absolutly fantastic. Read in less than 24 hours. Favorite book of 2015
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven't picked up a good book in a while, but this one had me from the start! I'd definitely recommend it :)
Sydney Luttschwager 28 days ago
Wow. What a wild ride this book takes you on. I can’t express how much of a rollercoaster this book is. It starts out as a young woman who is too sick to go outside who meets the boy next door through her bedroom window. My heart filled with joy as their friendship blossomed into a love that anyone would yearn after. The twists aren’t until the end. I never saw them coming and I love it when Young Adult books throw you for a loop. I laughed, I cried, I was invested in this book. If you need a refreshing book that will make your heart sing in the end, here is the book for you!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I love this book. This book makes you want to keep reading and not put it down until you finish it. The way the author draws the readers in is amazomg and everyone can relatebto this book.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book was so well detailed it was like you could feel and picture the entire story. The plot is great and is so interesting to read about, I just couldn&rsquo;t stop reading this book. I definetly reccomend this book to people who want a story about adventure and love, as well as some plot twists you may not see coming.
gorgeousgirly 9 months ago
Amazing! I adored this book. The plot was great, and the unexpected events of the story smack you in the face like a brick. Chapters are a little short, but it keeps the author attentive. Sometimes long chapters, aren't always a good thing. I definitely recommend this book. One of my favorites.
AanikaP 9 months ago
The novel Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is a great book that makes you really think about your own life. It made me aware of the simple things we take for granted, such as going outside, going to school, or even something as trivial as walking the dog on a warm sunny day. The main character Madeline Whittier is unable to leave her house because of a medical condition called severe combined immunodeficiency, commonly referred to as SCID. Throughout the book, the author allows the reader to experience the disease’s indirect effect on a person through Maddy’s point of view. Viewing the world through Maddy’s eyes gives us a new perspective on how superficial our problems can be. One common gripe that many students have, including myself, is the dread we feel Monday morning before going to school. Even though many students would gladly skip school, Maddy feels a strong desire to leave the house, even if it means doing something such as going to a physical school where she can interact with other students. As I stated before, Yoon tells the story from Maddy’s view and used illustrations and language and uses interesting tools for giving an insight into her thoughts and feelings. I found it especially interesting that Yoon included text message conversations between Maddy and Olly. It was a concise book, due to the number of doodles and text messages. In my opinion, the “boy next door” concept has been overused, but Maddy’s disease had given it an interesting take. Also, some components were unrealistic; for example, I find it unlikely that two teenagers could run away to Hawaii. The author also describes the hardships that Olly had to endure, including his abusive father. Even though Maddy’s disease is the most prominent conflict, it sheds some light on the obstacles that other characters face. I believe that Yoon could have delved deeper into the retrogressing relationship between Olly and his father. After losing his job, Olly’s father began to cope by excessively drinking alcohol and took his frustrations out on his family through verbal and physical abuse. Despite touching on the conflict Olly faced at home, Yoon did not give the reader more insight into that part of Olly’s life. The relationship between Maddy and her nurse Carla is another important relationship. Because Maddy’s mother is preoccupied with work, Maddy grows closer to her nurse Carla. Carla has a daughter of her own, so she understands why Maddy needed to meet Olly in person. When Carla was fired, Maddy was devastated, and it became more difficult for her to cope with the isolation. After Maddy’s mother removes the only other human interaction that Maddy has, she is motivated to run away with Olly to Hawaii. Overall, I would recommend this book to teenagers who are looking for a short and enjoyable read. The unique characters, heartfelt relationships, and moving storyline form a meaningful narrative that is bound to leave a lasting impression on your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything, Everything is an unforgettable and unforgiving piece of literature that tears hearts as soon as they’re stitched back together. The book is the soul of everything romance and desire; it has the audience, particularly teens or hopeless-romantics, on the edge of their feet throughout the heartwarming story of two teens and their quest to share their love for each other in the most unexpected circumstances. Not to mention, the book has a very compelling format, as well as an overall plotline that makes it an irresistible read. Madeline Whittier, an eighteen-year-old girl, lives trapped inside her house. Maddy has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, an extremely rare disease, in which she is allergic to the world. She has not left her house in seventeen years, so she spends most of her time and captures most of her happiness through books, and of course her mother. A tragedy that occurred in her childhood has left Maddy with only her mother at home, and also makes Maddy even more isolated. As one could imagine, the sight of new neighbors moving in excites her beyond what she’s known. To add to the wonder and curiosity of it all, the new-boy-next-door, Olly, has Maddy already falling at her heels. She’ll know sometime soon that he, too, has a love interest with her as well, although she keeps pushing everything she dreams about aside, as she knows there is no way she could ever have a future with him. Throughout brief encounters and emailing, Olly and Maddy connect in ways she never thought possible and throughout the book, Maddy has many new life experiences that force her to learn to balance the sometimes unbearable realities and the newfound joy from her love with Olly. The author, Nicola Yoon, did an outstanding job highlighting the importance of acceptance of life’s hardships and unforeseen challenges while displaying the detrimental, yet amazing effects love can have on someone. Nicola Yoon’s work will remain in all the hearts of its readers as a tear-jerking wonder and inspiration to go find joy somewhere in life, and risk-taking is entwined in all of every bit of it.
JLeighG More than 1 year ago
Everything, Everything is a cute contemporary about illness. Maddy grows as a character and learns more about herself when she meets Olly. She does become reckless, but after being sheltered for so long because of her illness it’s understandable that an 17-year-old would want to get out. I love Olly’s role in the book and I wish we got to have more scenes with him and his fun emails. The plot twists are good for the book. I was able to guess the one though. I did really enjoy the ending of this book. I’m happy that I finally read this book.