Margin Notes: Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I liked this book, but it wasn't my favorite.
I like the main characters--Madeline and Olly.
Madeline has SCID and is stuck inside her home, looking out over the neighbors as her view into the world. She has a nurse, Carla, and completes courses online. Her mom is a doctor and they're best friends. Her mom and dad died in a car accident when she was little.
Olly moves next door and his bedroom is across from Madeline's. They become online friends and fall for each other. Madeline watches as his family falls apart--his dad is an alcoholic and he's an abuser.
I also liked Carla, the nurse. I found Madeline' mom kind of one-dimensional and since everything is from Madeline's perspective, we don't really have insight into any other character.
The story itself is a little off the wall and I didn't really buy into it. She has SCID. (view spoiler)[Then she runs away to HAWAII with Olly (they're teenagers) and the hotel thinks they're married (WTF?) and then she finds out she doesn't have SCID but that her mom is crazy. Just absurd and kind of undeveloped and brutal. Also, the abuse happening next door, her mom and the nurse would have seen that and reported it. Also, after so many years with her mom they never fight? She never diverts from the normal routine? Unbelievable and unexplained. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, a fine read, iust not memorable or one I'd actively recommend.
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