Since she was very young, Maddy has been living in a bubble — not a literal bubble but a protected environment in which she's safe and anyone who enters her extremely clean home must spend an hour going through a decontamination process to avoid exposing her to anything that could make her ill. She's allergic to everything and hasn't left her home in 17 years. Her mother, a doctor, watches her carefully and she has a nurse named Carla who is both a guardian and friend to her. In the past, she's been crushed by disappointment so her mom and Carla are extremely protective of her.
When a new family moves into the house next door, Maddy is awed by the thin, athletic teenage boy who wears all black and regularly climbs up to the roof, just out of her sight. There's a lot of yelling, next door, but Olly appears serene, most of the time. Carla doesn't want Maddy to have anything to do with Olly; he'll only break her heart. But, when Maddy and Olly become friends in spite of all the obstacles, everything in Maddy's life is about to change. Is it a good kind of change or could it kill her?
Highly recommended - I'm pretty sure Everything, Everything is a book I'll reread for the joy of the evolving love story and the way Maddy's life is dramatically altered, the friendship with Carla, and the surprise twist. Having mentioned the surprise, I must say that I guessed it early on. It didn't bother me that I was correct; I'm okay with figuring out a crucial plot point if the destination is worth the journey. And, it definitely was. I loved almost everything about Everything, Everything: lovely writing that touches tugs on your heart, sweet but unique young adult romance, an appealing hero and a likable heroine. Wonderful storytelling.
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