Author: Nicola Yoon
You know those books where a main character is terminally ill and then they die and you drown in a pool of your own tears? I'm looking at YOU, John Green and Lurlene McDaniel. I hate those books. There is enough real shit in this world making me sad without having to worry about fictional sad shit.
Maddy is the main character in Everything, Everything, and she has SCID. Remember Bubble Boy? Yeah, that. Then she falls in love. Then alarm bells went off in my head and I was like, "OH SHIT I am accidentally reading a sad horrible John Green book!"
But I didn't need to worry, because this book is light and hopeful and NOT sad. In one of my favourite movies, Strictly Ballroom, a wise Spanish grandma says, "A life lived in fear is a life half lived." That's the message here, too. Maddy can't leave her house because she might die - but is a life trapped in her sterile bedroom a life worth living?
I liked this book a lot. It deals with some serious subject matter (illness, domestic violence), but it doesn't get bogged down in darkness. Maddy's emotional resilience and determination keep things going, but she never tips into saccharine Orphan Annie territory.
Full disclosure: Penguin Canada gave me a copy for review. WHAT. I know, I am totally legit.