If you’re looking for a quick read about a girl doomed to live in the bubble of her own home due to a rare disease, look no further than Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.
“Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way, characters go from hope to despair, from self-knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming-of-age books become stories of losing your way. Your favorite characters come back to life.”
― Nicola Yoon,
The main character in Everything, Everything is the bubble girl and her bubble is her house. She doesn’t remember a time when she got to step outside or feel the breeze or talk to anyone besides her mother, her nurse, and her teachers. She reads and then rereads and lives her life confined and she’s OK with that. She has to be. If she leaves the house then she’ll get sick; really, really sick. And so she makes peace with her limited life.
That is until a boy moves into the house right next to her. He’s a ball of energy, climbing the roof and the walls, and he’s curious about the girl who is always at the window but never on the lawn.
It’s what you would expect; they talk, become friends, fall in love, and then everything, absolutely everything, is changed.
This story runs through your emotions and it’s really one of those book worth checking out.
There’s unexpected adventures and unsettling discoveries.