September 2015 NewGen Debut of the Month.
A great new debut about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.
“Love makes people crazy,” observes Maddy, the eighteen-year-old protagonist of this remarkable debut. It’s “worth everything. Everything.” Exploring the risks we'll take for love, and to protect those we've given our hearts to, Maddy’s story is utterly unforgettable. Since she was an infant, Maddy’s world has been confined to the books she devours, her devoted doctor mom and her loveable full-time nurse, Carla. For seventeen years, she’s lived with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or ‘bubble baby disease’, which means venturing outside could trigger fatal allergic reactions. But everything changes when a new family moves into her Californian neighbourhood, and Maddy is inexorably drawn to the enigmatic, black-clad Olly. They strike up a relationship, initially via instant messaging and then in person, when Maddy persuades Carla to allow Olly into their air-sealed house. He’s the biggest risk she's ever taken, Maddy comments. And Olly likens her to a fairy tale heroine, shut away like Rapunzel, except in Maddy’s case being rescued by a prince could kill her. But the deeper they fall in love, the more necessary it becomes for Maddy to take these risks. They share their first kiss and, “just like that, everything changes,” so much so, Maddy feels ready to risk everything to realise a lifelong dream with the person she loves.
With enriching illustrations by the author's husband, David Yoon, himself a designer and writer, this is a heartrending, sparkling jewel of a novel, and its subtly-laid twist will take your breath away. - Joanne Owen
EXCITING NEWS - Ahead even of publication MGM has optioned the rights to this novel by debut author Nicola Yoon. The story centres on a 17-year-old girl who suffers from severe combined immune-deficiency, which leaves her housebound. J Mills Goodloe, the screenwriter for Age of Adaline starring Blake Lively and upcoming The Mountains Between Us (Rosamund Pike and Charlie Hunnam), will adapt the novel into a screenplay. MGM has a successful track record of adapting YA novels, including its partnership with New Line on If I Stay, starring Chloe Grace Moritz.
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.
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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading YA and Adult Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
'This heartwarming story transcends the ordinary by exploring the hopes, dreams, and inherent risks of love in all of its forms' Kirkus Starred Review
'Everything, Everything is everything, everything - powerful, lovely, heart-wrenching, and so absorbing I devoured it in one sitting. It's a wonder. The rare novel that lifts and shatters and fills you all at once' -- Jennifer Niven, author of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES
'This extraordinary first novel about love so strong it might kill us is too good to feel like a debut. Tender, creative, beautifully written, and with a great twist, Everything, Everything is one of the best books I've read this year' -- Jodi Picoult
'An absolute peach of a love story. Maddy's unique history of isolation and solitude makes every incremental step towards intimacy crackle with impossible hope. Their chemistry rebounds off the page. And it's beautifully written, too, with charm, wit and style as well as heart' -- Susie Day, author of MY INVISIBLE BOYFRIEND
'An entirely unique and beautiful reading experience. Gorgeous writing meshes with original artwork to tell a love story like no other. You've never read a book like this' -- David Arnold, author of MOSQUITOLAND
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Publisher: Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
|Publication date:||3rd September 2015|
|Publisher:||Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month,|
|Categories:||Romance & relationships stories (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage),|
Nicola Yoon is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She’s also a hopeless romantic who firmly believes that you can fall in love in an instant and that it can last forever. Follow Nicola Yoon on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nicolayoon/ and Tumblr http://www.nicolayoon.com/#welcome-new.More About Nicola Yoon