Madeline has never been outside her home. Her mother and her nurse Carla are her only companions. She is sick with a rare disease that leaves her immune system compromised. If she has any contact with the outside world, she will become deathly ill. So, Madeline goes to school online. Her only social time is game night with her mother, and her sole confidant is her nurse Carla. Her seventeen year old world is controlled and so very small; until the new neighbors move in. Olly and his family arrive under Madeline’s watchful eye from her second story window, in her encapsulated chamber of germ free air. Late night email’s become Madeline’s gateway to her first real friend. Olly and Madeline find solace in each other. However, their friendship and budding romance are met with enormous obstacles. This is a coming of age story with a plot twist I did not see coming. Everything, Everything exceeded my expectations; I was impressed with Nicola Yoon’s debut novel. Her husband did the cover art and graphics throughout the book, which are beautiful and add to the story. It is a fast read, yet thought provoking; a good choice for book clubs.
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