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Everything, Everything is the debut young adult novel by Jamaican-American author Nicola Yoon,[1] first published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers in 2015.[2] The novel centers around 17-year-old Madeline Whittier, who is being treated for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), also known as "bubble baby disease". Due to this, Madeline is kept inside her house in Los Angeles, where she lives with her mother, a doctor.[3]

Everything, Everything
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AuthorNicola Yoon
CountryUnited States
GenreYoung adult fiction
PublisherDelacorte Books
Media typePrint (hardback, paperback), e-book, audiobook
Pages310 pages



The story follows 17-year-old Madeline "Maddy" Whittier, who is being treated by her mother for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), and therefore is not allowed to leave her house or interact with anything that has not been "sanitized". Her world consists of her mother Pauline, her nurse Carla, and the books she immerses herself in; with her father and brother having died a long time ago. A family moves in next door and Maddy watches them from the window. Olly, the son, befriends her and the two begin to message each other online. She also notices that Olly's father is abusive and that his sister has a smoking problem.

One day, Carla sneaks Olly into Maddy's house, and the two meet face to face for the first time. They begin meeting in Maddy's house regularly, and at one point Maddy even goes outside for a few seconds. When her mother discovers Maddy has been secretly meeting Olly, she fires Carla and bans Maddy from ever seeing Olly again, but they continue secretly talking. Olly and Maddy decide to go to Hawaii together, which is the only place Maddy remembers she had a "normal family" vacation with her father, brother, and mother. However, Olly only agrees to go after Maddy lies; she tells him that she is on a new medicine that will keep her from getting sick.

The two go to Hawaii, explore the country and just be blissful for a day. The next day, Maddy has to be taken to a hospital because she begins to feel extremely sick.

Luckily, Maddy's mother was already on her way to Hawaii and brings her home. Maddy stops emailing Olly as she doesn't want to miss the outside world. A month later Maddy sees Olly, his sister, and his mother, all loading their belongings into a moving van while their father is at work, escaping his tyranny.

Two months after Hawaii, Maddy gets a letter from the doctor who treated her after she got sick, and in the note, the doctor says that Maddy does not have SCID, and she got sick because she had spent her whole life inside and has never formed a natural immunity. The doctor blames myocarditis as the reason for Maddy's heart-stopping. Maddy, angry and panicked, searches her mother's medical files but does not find the test results or doctor's notes that would confirm she had SCID. Instead, she finds some notes her mother wrote and a few articles about SCID from the internet. She confronts her mother, who breaks down and indirectly admits she does not have SCID. Maddy tells Carla, and Carla says she always suspected that.

Maddy's mother reveals that right after Maddy's father (a police officer) and her brother died, Maddy got very sick, and her mother, not wanting to lose her, decided she had SCID, and needed to be kept away from the world. In the end, Maddy and Olly happily reunite in New York, where she sent him on a mini scavenger hunt that led him to a used bookstore.


A reviewer for The Guardian wrote about the book: "The way the author describes Madeline's world using such beautiful imagery makes the reader appreciate the little things in life".[4]

Film adaptationEdit

The novel was adapted into a feature film. In July 2016, it was announced that Amandla Stenberg would play Madeline Whittier and Nick Robinson would play opposite Stenberg as Olly. Stella Meghie directed the film, and J. Mills Goodloe wrote the script.[5] In February 2017, Warner Bros. debuted the trailer.[6] The film was released on May 19, 2017.


  1. ^ Everything, Everything on Nicola Yoon website.
  2. ^ Garrett, Camryn (2015-09-02). "Chat With Everything, Everything Author Nicola Yoon". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  3. ^ Joiner, Whitney (2015-11-06). "'Everything, Everything,' by Nicola Yoon". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  4. ^ Ayesha (2015-10-08). "Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2016-02-27.
  5. ^ "Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson to Star in 'Everything Everything' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  6. ^ Billington, Alex, "First Trailer for 'Everything, Everything' Movie with Amandla Stenberg",, February 14, 2017.

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