Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything

by Nicola Yoon

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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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And don’t miss Nicola Yoon's The Sun Is Also A Star, the #1 New York Times bestseller in which two teens are brought together just when it seems like the universe is sending them in opposite directions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553496666
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 16,067
File size: 23 MB
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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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“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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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 :)
JLeighG 14 days 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.
onemused 27 days ago
"Everything, Everything" follows Madeline, who lives in a bubble- she has a rare disease called SCID, which means she is severely immunocompromised and so she must stay in a protected space away from anything and everyone. Madeline loves to read but wishes she could see more of the world. When a boy moves in next door, she is drawn to him and he to her. They begin to chat over IM and then he comes to visit (they have a decontamination process to allow him inside). Olly is the next door neighbor. While most of the book focuses on Madeline, Olly is also dealing with some big things. His father is an alcoholic and abusive. He wishes his mother would leave him, but she is not yet able to do so. Olly immediately likes Madeline and a teenage romance quickly begins. Madeline, tired of her life inside, decides to risk everything, telling Olly she is taking an experimental drug and convincing him to go with her to Hawaii- a place she visited as an infant before her father and brother were killed in a car accident. Her world has been her mother, but she wants so much more from life, even if it might kill her. As the story evolves, we realize there is much more to what is going on than things first appear. There's a big twist in the book, and I wasn't sure how I felt about it. It seemed to be downplayed more than I would have anticipated such a big thing to be. This is not to say it isn't discussed, but it's a much bigger issue than I felt came across from the book. Overall, I wasn't sure how I felt about it- the writing is good and moves fast, but there is instalove plus some bigger issues (such as risking her life to take this trip, lying, plus the twist at the end). It's a quick read both in length and in terms of fast-paced plot, and I enjoyed the first parts of it, but am not sure if I feel the same by the end.
Anonymous 3 months ago
In the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Madeline risks everything for the new neighbor, Olly, whom she falls in love with. Madeline is allergic to anything and everything, so when Olly moves in across the street, she is significantly reminded of her illness and the severity of it. Being sick did not stop her though. This is a great book not just because of the cute romantic aspects of Madeline’s life, but because of its humor. “Me in love would be like being a food critic with no taste buds. It would be like being a color-blind painter” (Yoon 79). Madeline knows that since she is unable to go outside, falling in love is pointless. She passes her time by reading, taking online courses for school and “stalking” her new neighbors. She tries her best at everything she does and learns new things, and not just in school but in life. “‘Every day you get up and learn something new. Every day you find something to be happy about. Every single day you have a smile for me. You worry more about your mother than you do about yourself’” (Yoon 33). There is always something to be happy about. We have to appreciate the good in everyday, even if everyday is not a good day. In this book we learn that some things are worth the risk and it is important to remember that and live that out. “‘Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk, It’s up to you’” (Yoon 68). There is a lot you can learn from this book, not just how great it is but values in life. Live your life, take risks, and be happy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance novels. You can find this book at any public library or online.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Unique, cute, and beautifully written.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
Better than the movie!!
Anonymous 10 months ago
This book is amazingly heart warming. Nicola Yoon did an amazing thant you so much for it. I read this book 17 times because i cant get my head out of it!! -Lariah Dupard
BookReaderSyd 11 months ago
I loved this book, one minute I was smiling and grinning and the next I was pulling out tissues for the happy parts! I recommend this book for any Fault in Our Stars fans!
Anonymous 12 months ago
I loved this book i read it 5 times allready
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon is a story about an extremely smart and curious 18-year-old girl, named Maddy, who suffers from a rare disease and is stuck in her hermetically-sealed home. She isn’t allowed to leave or come in contact with anyone but her mother, doctor, and doctor’s friend. Maddy finds it hard to not be able to leave but one day a cute boy (Olly) moves in next door. Looking through a window and texting Olly creates a strong bond between them and Maddy struggles to stay inside and away from him. Maddy has to learn that taking chances could cost them everything. Nicola Yoon did a great job writing this book, it can be a good read for multiple people but it may be a better read for teens. I’d say the intended audience is teens only because it is through the point of view of a teen girl and what it is like to be young and in love but with a catch. Nicola does a great job showing how falling in love can be so easy and painful all at the same time. Maddy has to learn that sometimes the person you love the most can have the biggest effects on you and you don’t see it tell it’s too late. She starts out as an obedient child but slowly progresses into a rebel with secrets. Maddy struggles with all the secrets she is keeping from the people she loves the most and how to deal with them. Everything Everything is an easy read that I couldn’t put down, I’m not one for reading but with this book all I wanted to do was read. As I read I hoped that the story would never end and that there would be more on the next page. I believe that Nicola did an amazing job writing this book and I can’t wait to see what else she writes. I’d love to read her book The Sun Is Also A Star because if it is even half as good as Everything Everything then it will still be great. I’d recommend this book to everyone and anyone because it is just soooo good. It draws you and doesn’t let you go till you are done and the ending just comes by a surprise and makes me want to read even more to see what becomes of Maddy but it just ends. Everything Everything is a must-read for just about everyone! This story of love, acceptance, struggles, and hope is perfectly written that you will want to read it again and recommend it to everyone you see. There is a little something for everyone who reads it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. Though I was a little disappointed in the movie, this book is 100 times better.
Hannah-Bro More than 1 year ago
The book Everything Everything follows the everyday life of a girl with SCID. SCID, a deficiency in her immune system has dominated her life since she was diagnosed with it as a baby. With SCID, she is unable to leave her house; the result of going outside could be deadly. Her life was the same boring routine for years, but when a boy her age moves in next door things drastically change. She finds herself with someone to talk to and distract herself from not being able to leave her house. This is one of the best books I have ever read. The storyline never got boring, and I was always excited to read what would come next. This was definitely the type of book that keeps you up at night because you just can’t put it down. This story took a commonly-used point of view and made it seem so new and interesting. The book also has a shocking reveal towards the end of the book, which is definitely worth reading the book for. Besides having a storyline like no other, the imagery for this book was amazing. The author used such descriptive words, and it really made the whole book so much better. I was able to vividly picture everything that was happening in the book. One of my favorite parts of the book was the message. The story really shows you that you have to live like there is no tomorrow, and that everyday you have counts. The main character really put this philosophy into action throughout the book, when she makes major decisions that could mean life or death for her. Another of my favorite parts of the book was the characters. The main character was very interesting, and made the story fun and entertaining. Her new neighbor was calm and slightly-reserved, but loving and funny. These two characters were the perfect balance for each other. I enjoyed every second of watching their journey. I really have no complaints for this book. It was an all-around amazing novel, and I highly recommend reading it.
JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
“Everything's a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It's up to you.” Genre: Young Adult. Number of Pages: 307. Perspective: First. Location: LA, California. Madeleine has a serious and rare medical condition that prevents her from leaving her house. She never has a reason to leave until the boy next door teaches her that sometimes living life is worth the risk. I don’t have a lot to say about this book other than, I loved it. (And I gave it my Best Book Award). There were a few flaws, but I can overlook all of that because this book grabbed me and pulled me along for the ride. I seriously read this in one sitting. Most of the chapters were just a page or two and the book is filled with beautiful illustrations, so it is a very quick read. After dragging my brain through quite a few psychological thrillers lately, this was a lovely mental vacation. I caught myself smiling several times while reading this book. I also teared up a few times. To read the rest of my review, go here: http://judgingmorethanjustthecover.blogspot.com/2018/04/everything-everything-nicola-yoon.html
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Jordan Morgan More than 1 year ago
Okay first I have to say that I love love love the cover and all the illustrations throughout the story! In my opinions it made this 10 times better. I think that the drawings really added to the story. Nicola Yoon created characters that practically burst from the pages. You can seriously see their personalities just jumping from the page. I loved the interaction between all of the characters as well. Maddy and Olly’s email conversations are just the best! I also loved the interactions between Maddy and her nurse Carla. I just really enjoy when an author makes the characters so real. Everything, Everything is a story that is so unique. I’ve never seen anything like it. I loved getting to know about Maddy’s disease. It’s such a refreshing and interesting story to get to learn about. One of my favorite things is the fact that Maddy is actually half African American half Japanese. I love getting to see diverse characters in novels. While I did really enjoy Everything, Everything there were some things that did bother me. I thought it was rather unrealistic that a young teenager could get a credit card for one. For two, how many people would just book a flight and go to Hawaii with someone they don’t know very well? In my opinion it wasn’t really realistic for Maddy to be locked up for so long with just her mothers diagnosis. Another thing that really bothered me was Olly’s dad. I’m sorry but if I was in a position like Maddy was I would have called the cops or done something. I sort of expected the ending to go the way it did but it didn’t stop me from wishing there was more to the story. I wanted to know about her life after. All in all I did really enjoy Everything, Everything and I would recommend it to someone looking for a cute Summer read.