Everything, everything – Nicola Yoon

The biggest buzz book of the year. This is Nicola Yoon’s young adult (YA) fiction # debut and it got a whole lot better with the announcement of the Everything, Everything movie adaptation.

The bestseller novel follows 18-year-old Madeline “Maddie” Whittier who ‘suffers’ SCID, or severe combined immunodeficiency, known as “bubble baby disease. Basically, she is allergic to the outside world. She lives in a carefully sterilized house with her mother and nurse, Carla to keep her company. The teenager has a strong bond with her mother and friendship with Carla until a new family moves next door and Olly (Oliver) captures her attention. And the rest is history before we spoil it for you.

The novel is told through journal entries, email conversations, and medical charts. After watching the 2-minute trailer of the movie, it is evident that most of the perks in the book were changed.

This is a heartfelt portrait of a young woman’s encounter with a feat of love. It is well-expressed and heart-wrenching. It’s a novel that captures the coming of age. Although categorised as YA fiction, parents to teenagers would enjoy this dearly and hopefully take a few hints from the storyline.

310 Pages – Read in February 2017