I read this book because I saw the trailer for the movie and thought it looked incredibly cheesy. I had also just finished December Park which is about children getting snatched up, so cheesy sounded good at the moment. After finishing the book and re-watching the movie trailer for Everything, Everything, I’ve gotta say I’m so glad I read the book first. What comes across as stupid or ridiculous in the two-minute trailer is cute and endearing in the book.
Everything, Everything is about 18-year-old Madeline, a girl living with SCID, more commonly known as bubble-boy disease. She cannot leave her home because she is allergic to the outside world. If she left, she would die. She has lived her entire life under the protection of air filters, in-home nurses, a special diet, and an incredibly watchful but caring mother. Her small but for the most part fulfilling world is uprooted entirely when a new family moves in next door and she meets Olly, their teenage son. Madeline questions whether she’s really content in her bubble with her, her mother, and her nurse Carla. She has to learn the difference between just living and feeling truly alive.
What I loved about this book is the way that the author ties in little bits of Madeline’s quirky personality through doodles, drawings, and diary entries. It makes the character seem so much more real, especially since the premise is pretty unbelievable. The whole “bubble-boy” thing could have been ridiculous and overdone, but it wasn’t. Madeline isn’t angsty and desperate for the outside world. She is innocent and content and only just now contemplating the fact that there might be more to life than just the white walls and white sheets of her room.
This book was very reminiscent of The Fault in Our Stars minus the cancer
and it’s romantic without being a gushy stupid teen romance. It was a super-fast read, and I blew through it in about half a day. It didn’t blow me away, but I wasn’t disappointed either. It was cute, innocent, fun, and perfect for a quick read on the front porch on a nice day. We’ll see if the movie can pull it off just as well.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LyEE7eR0nM