Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Everything, Everything

Yoon, Nicola.  Everything, Everything.  NY: Delacorte Press, c2015.  310 pages.  

Madeline has a rare disease.  She is basically allergic to the world.  She hasn't left the house in her memory.  As a baby, she was sick a lot, but after her father and brother were killed in a senseless accident, it was determined that she had SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency).  The only people she sees are her mother (who is a doctor) and her full-time nurse/companion Carla.  On rare occasions her architecture teacher can visit, but only after going through the air filter purification process to be sure he carries no pollen or germs.  Madeline is used to her life and as long as she has books, she has been content.  All that changes when someone new moves in next door and a boy her age, dressed all in black, comes into view.  Madeline suddenly wants more and she is sure of two things.  She is sure she is going to fall in love with him, and equally sure it will be a disaster.  This is a sweet romance novel, but also packed with details of how it might be to live with a rare disease commonly called "bubble baby syndrome."

I would recommend this to high school and above, and particularly to the students looking for novels for Health class.  Review by Mrs. Belknap

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