I thought Everything Everything was a super cute and quick read. It has the perfect balance of self-discovery, love, trust and medical intrigue.
Madeline has an obscure disease, SKID, which means she is allergic to the world and that she hasn’t left her house since she was a baby. She goes to school online and spends a lot of time reading books. The only people in her life are her mother, nurse and her tutors.
Then a family moves in next door and she predicts she is going to fall in love with the teenage boy.
The character development is stellar. Although there’s a small number of characters in the book, each has their own developed personality. Most of them are fun and some are a little funny. They lighten the mood when there is something horrible happening in the storyline.
There are quite a few sad parts to this novel. There’s the medical issues, the deaths in the families, and threads of violence. With the lighthearted banter between the characters, the sad parts are dissipated quickly, although you do feel quite sad in some sections.
I listened to most of this through Audible, so I’m not sure of the layout in the book, but the integration of IMs and emails broke up the chapters. I’ve read that there are also pictures and graphs in the book, which didn’t translate to the audiobook.
I must say, I saw the ending coming from a few chapters in, but I don’t know if that’s just me. I did second guess myself a lot, and I did enjoy the story, but I did want that end to come so that I knew if I was right or not.
I know sick-lit is kind of becoming a trend now, but this one was a little different. It’s more of an imposing idea than an actually horrible part of the book.
If you love young contemporary novels, I highly recommend checking this out.
Thank you to Random House for my copy of the book for review.