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.
*This review contains spoilers*
Everything, Everything is a YA novel about an 18 year old girl called Madeline Whittier.
My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but you know it as “bubble baby disease.”
Her disease, in a nutshell, is basically a weak immune system. Due to this, she has to live in a controlled, protected environment which is constantly checked for its purity.
I really loved this part. I mean, even if it joins the teens-with-life-threatening-diseases bandwagon, the disease had a weird name and the protagonist was not too angsty – This is of course, during the pre-Oliver phase.
I absolutely HATED the book after Olly come in. Madeline becomes a lying, stupid, angsty, oh-my-life-sucks teen, which I really wasn’t very happy with.
Madeline and Olly start off by communicating through e-mails when suddenly, they desire to meet each other in person. So, Madeline persuades Carla, the nurse who takes care of her while her mother is gone for duty to let Olly inside the house for a while, hence putting her life in danger.
Carla gets fired by Maddy’s mother when she discovers these little ‘meetings’ of Maddy.
Then comes more drama. More rebelling. More angst, blah blah.
Finally, Maddy runs away with Olly from her house and goes on a vacation. Yeah, A FREAKING VACATION.
Blah, blah, more drama. And, BAM!
Maddy doesn’t have SCID. Yup. It’s Maddy’s mum who’s mad. (Maddy, mum, mad – See what I did there?)
Maddy lost her father and her brother in an accident which made her mother depressed, or something like that. Because of that, Maddy’s mother didn’t want to lose her and hence, cooked up a lie saying that Maddy had SCID.
Being the ungrateful, impudent, angsty teen Maddy is, she blames her mother for wasting 18 years of her life instead of feeling sorry for her. Whatever.
The book majorly sucked.
One really really amazing thing about this book was the illustrations. They were doodly and cute, just like the ones in The Shock of the Fall. Loved them.
One out of five stars.
I don’t know… People who love teen angst, weird diseases, drama and a romance that “stuggles to win against all odds”. And anything YA, of course.
I’m very happy to announce that this is my 100th post in my blog! I hope to do much more in the upcoming years. I would also like to thank all those who have supported me for the past one and a half years. Thank you!
What do you people think about protagonists with diseases/disorders? Do you think it’s a trend or something that actually adds taste in a YA novel?