Narrator: Bahni Turpin

Audio Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Audio Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Narrator: Bahni Turpin, Robbie Daymond
Published by Penguin Random House Audio on September 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Length: 6 hours, 44 minutes
Source: Library
Audio | Goodreads
four-stars
three-half-flames

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

 

 
Madeline (Maddy) Whittier has literally lived in a bubble for most of her 17 years, afflicted with a rare disease affecting her immune system. She’s never left her house, living a lonely existence with her mother and nurse, Carla. That is until new neighbors move in next door and high school senior Oliver (Olly) Bright sees her watching them from her window. He shares his IM address and they begin an odd but enchanting online relationship that was destined to develop into so much more.

 
I really enjoyed this story, especially listening to the talented Bahni Turpin’s performance. The writing was cleverly crafted, the characters well designed and the story’s proposition challenging. Is mere existence living and is it worth the risk to experience more, even if it means certain death? Maddy’s evolution from contentment in her sterile environment to a desire to be in the world was deftly presented in a youthful but provocative voice. I loved her reasoning and how her relationship with Olly progressed.

 
I must admit that I considered what ended up being the story’s twist before it was revealed. It still didn’t alter my enjoyment because I found the book delightful. This is a wonderful debut novel.

 

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About Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What About Brian, and The Comeback. Her film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of The Dust. Ms. Turpin won the Odyssey Award for The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. She has also received many AudioFile Earphones Awards for her unforgettable narration, including one for Precious by Sapphire, and for the National Book Award finalist and Oprah Book Club Pick The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. She’s also a member of the cast recording of The Help, which won numerous awards.

About Robbie Daymond

Robbie Daymond is an American actor mostly known for providing voices for cartoons, Japanese anime, audiobooks, and video games. He voices lead character SwaySway in the Nickelodeon cartoon Breadwinners, Blake Myers in the Nick cartoon Get Blake!. He also voices the title character in Marvel’s Spider-Man, which aired on Disney XD in 2017. In anime and video games he voices Tuxedo Mask in the Viz re-dub of Sailor Moon, Mumen Rider in One-Punch Man, Sorey in Tales of Zestiria, Joe Kido in Digimon Adventure tri. and Prompto Argentum in Final Fantasy XV.

About Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon is the #1 NYT bestselling author of Everything, Everything, which is now a major motion picture, and The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor Book and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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