on September 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next door neighbors. I look out the 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. I want to learn everything about him, and I do. I learn that he is funny and fierce. I learn that his eyes are Atlantic Ocean-blue and that his vice is stealing silverware. I learn that when I talk to him, my whole world opens up, and I feel myself starting to change—starting to want things. To want out of my bubble. To want everything, everything the world has to offer.
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.
Not sure whether it was the post exam bliss or what but this book was exactly what I had in mind after my exams finished. Everything Everything was a fun easy read with a tantalising premise that I was basically dying to get into.
As soon as I was on the train home from my exam I dived straight into this book and did not stop reading (OK I did stop but ONLY so I could drive home safely, otherwise something bad may have happened…).
The only downside to this book is that it doesn’t really explain what SCID is? There was nowhere, not even at the end with an author’s note, about what the illness is and how it really affects people besides being allergic to everything. So it did feel like there were some loop holes in the plot – and if I spotted them then they must be obvious, as I’m not the most observant. But even though I noticed I did not care. I just wanted to hug this book and make sure that everything was ok.
I wasn’t sure how everything would be sorted out by the ending and the ending came as a huge, unexpected surprise. I was cheering and felt so happy and despite being a big change it felt completely right.
Maddie and Olly were adorable and them being together was natural and full of cuteness. This is a cute and stunning read, that should leave you with a big grin on your face.