Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"Everything, Everything"

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. She is content enough—until a boy with eyes the color of the Atlantic Ocean moves in next door. Their complicated romance begins over IM and grows through a wunderkammer of vignettes, illustrations, charts, and more.

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

“The greatest risk is not taking one” 

I’m not sure who recommended this book to me or where the desire to read it came from. But Everything, Everything is an excellent read. It took me only two nights to read through the 300 or so pages of Madeline Whittier’s life.

With my ever present battle of making sure I’m living each moment to the fullest, this book is a reminder to do just that. As Madeline longs to leave her bubble and live a regular teenage life, the reader is automatically reminded of the everyday things we take for granted. 

Simple things like being able to leave our house and not having to worry about the air we breathe killing us is major, duh! But because we’re so used to being able to do it, we don’t realize how precious it is. And this logic can be applied to many other things that we don’t think twice about.

Besides Madeline’s wish to live, she in fact does get to experience that one great teenage love that starts out with nervousness and excitement, and then leads to heartbreak. Author Nicola Yoon does a good job of taking the reader through all of Madeline’s feelings. The ways she details Madeline’s experiences makes the reader feel as though we too are going through the experience with Madeline, also for the first time.

I am a hopeless romantic, so I was all into Madeline’s love life. But the story takes and interesting turn that I never expected. One that causes Madeline to question everything in her life, including past events.

I loved this book and will definitely read it again. It’s a great story of desire, longing, risk-taking, courage, love, trust, hope, and of course despair.

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