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Tuesday 4 April 2017

Review: Everything Everything

Every now and then a Young Adult novel that's fresh and unique comes along that makes you stay up late and finish the book in one sitting. Everything Everything, Nicola Yoon's first novel, is that book.

Madeleine (Maddie) has a rare disease that has kept her confined in her house for 17 years, living in a bubble with purified air.

She's allergic to everything outside and has never left the house. Maddie has been resigned to her situation and hasn't come into contact with the outside world for fear of dying. Until Olly moves in next door.

Their chemistry is instant and Maddie finally realises what it's like to live a full life. She would do anything to experience some 'firsts' in life - with Olly. Even risk her life.

The narrative whizzes along via engaging narrative devices such as instant messaging, texts, graphs, lists, diagrams, Madeleine's dictionary definitions and varying chapter lengths. All compile to make for an outstanding page-turner. The characters have depth and are perfectly written. This book will give teenagers a great appreciation for all they have and may take for granted in life.

I couldn't put this book down, especially when a couple of unexpected events occurred that I didn't see coming. A perfect recipe for a best seller which this book has become.

Title: Everything Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Corgi, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 September 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780552574235
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction