Featured Book: Everything Everything

This post is part of an original series created by librarians/media specialists across Central Minnesota featuring books.

51R+gtob4RL._AA160_Title: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Review by Maria Burnham, Media Specialist at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School

I’ve seen this title lingering around some notable “to read” book lists, so I thought I’d try it out AND I was thrilled when my school’s Teen Book Club chose this title for our next meeting!
If you liked The Fault in Our Stars or Eleanor & Park, Everything Everything is the next book for you.  I will say, I don’t think the book is as well-rounded as the previously mentioned titles, but it’s pretty darn close.  Everything Everything is the story of Madeline, a teen who has been diagnosed with a rare disease where she is allergic to everything, leaving her homebound with her mother and her nurse.  Never able to go outside for health reasons, Madeline spends her days reading, studying, and spending time with her mother.  Until Olly moves in next door.  And for Madeline, seeing Olly is love at first sight.  And so ensues the typical teenage reaction of risky behavior in the name of love.
I thought this YA realistic fiction was a nicely blended story of complicated family relationships, taking risks, coming of age, and love.  The book is a combination of narration, diary entries, computer screen shots, and connections to other pieces of literature.
I’m so excited that this book is my next discussion topic for our SRRHS Teen Book Club!
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