Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance
Publication Date: September 3, 2015
Book Perspective: First-Person
Themes: Young Love, Protection, Relationships, Disease, Treatment, Curiosity, Abuse
Teenage Madeline has Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder (SCID), which means she hasn’t been exposed to the world for fear of severe sickness or even death. For seventeen years, she’s been home-schooled, living and re-living the same day, everyday.
That is, until a new family moves in next door. Immediately, Madeline is struck by Olly and he is curious about her. Determined to reach out, Olly does what it takes to learn more about this hidden, mysterious girl. Now, Madeline feels more than she’s ever felt in her entire life.
Here is a story about young love and the risks two teenagers take in order to be together.
Starting with the characters, I found all of them to be likable, and they were fairly diverse, which is always a plus. Madeline and Olly seemed like teenagers that I would’ve wanted as friends when I was their age; Madeline’s mom seemed like a sweet and loving person; lastly, Madeline’s nurse, Carla, was someone I would love to be around. However, I did feel Madeline’s mom could have been better developed. If the author gave more of her background and thoughts, it would’ve added depth and substance to the story. I also found a missed opportunity in exploring Olly’s background more. There were glimpses of his home life, but it came in bits and pieces and we barely see Olly actually deal with his home situation.
While reading, it was extremely easy to follow and the pacing was steady. However, the problem with the simplicity is that there wasn’t a real explanation of what Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder (SCID) was, which was extremely disappointing. There was a real opportunity to teach the audience something that they may not be very familiar with. The other disappointing factor was instead of exploring this, it ended up being a love story, but one that seemed just a bit too unreal given the circumstances the two were in.
When the ending came, I felt both happiness and disappointed. It felt more like a cop-out than a resolution, and it makes me question what message the author was trying to portray. On top of this, I felt the ending sequence was extremely quick and abrupt.
There is a reference to a sexual scene and physical abuse here, so I would advise parents to allow this book to those who are mature enough to handle these situations. There wasn’t anything too explicit, but teenagers having sex might not be the message some parents want for their children.
Overall, Everything, Everything was light, quick, and fun to read, but there was quite a bit lacking here in order to give more substance to the book.
I would recommend this to young adult readers who enjoy a novel that focuses on teenage romance.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
32 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!