Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more. My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Publisher: [New York] : Listening Library (Audio), 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101916384
1101916389
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital

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Jun 07, 2017

Though a little too cute and focused on teen romance for this adult reader, this YA novel nonetheless makes its story about a teen girl with an extreme medical condition more meaningful by using it to explore larger issues about relationships with parents and independence. (I can imagine many kids, especially those with immigrant parents, relating to Maddie's more extreme dilemma.) It also improves dramatically and becomes really compelling around act 4, when the big twist (which I saw coming long before but still found effective) happens. The rush to get to a happy ending (which downplays some effects of parental abuse) wasn't entirely satisfying, but the audiobook reader was excellent.

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