I feel I should apologize for judging a book based on the description – I was sucked into this story so fast I was shocked. While a ‘bubble girl’ is a bit far fetched, the writing, family, and witty banter between teens is quick and enjoyable. You can tell it will probably be a fatal romance, but it didn’t keep me from rooting for those early bunt cake jokes between windows between Madeline and Olly: two oddballs, but for different reasons who find a connection. Maddy is a deep character for many reasons – fatal illness, highly witty and intelligent, biracial, forgiving, and funny. As she realizes living her life to the fullest, even if it’s a short one, is worth it. Towards the end she reflects on how her life has been affected by love.
Love makes people crazy.
Loss of love makes people crazy.
These two are cute. Not quite so put together as Hazel and Augustus (The Fault in Our Stars) who even though they have hardships with their health, they seem overly self assured at flirting and building a relationship. Madeline and Olly are awkward. Madeline questions her outfit to meet him, even though she only owns white shirts and jeans, and Olly, with his parkour, uses the control over his body when he can’t control him home life or Madeline’s illness.
One Madeline’s mom learns that her nurse has let Olly into the house (after decontamination of course), she is livid and fires the nurse, and Madeline is heartbroken. This leads her to do something drastic and try to live life to the fullest.
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From Everything, Everything, we go to “Holy Crap, Holy Crap” A shocking realization a ‘al We Were Liars (but not for the same reason, obviously) this story begins nearly a new plot right at the end. Fabulous.
There’s a continued questioning of the infinite and how life moments are connected to lead to our identies, our experiences, and how we become who we are. As Maddy loses her once held beliefs of other people and must adapt to new truths, she does a perfect amount of teen questioning. There are a couple of serious downers to this book, but some are realistic enough that it makes for a great story that one’s reality may not always be how it’s perceived, from a mother’s relationship to the lives of neighbors. Still the little escapism Maddie and Olly find first online and then …….. (avoiding a spoiler)……. are both nicely timed and a happier distraction from the more serious plots of this story.
Read-a-likes: The Fault in Our Stars, All the Bright Places, and any teen love story where someone faces loss.