Narrator: Bahni Turpin, Robbie Daymond
Published by Penguin Random House Audio on September 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Length: 6 hours, 44 minutes
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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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