Nicola Yoon's debut novel has an intriguing premise: Maddy is a bibliophile with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, a disease that has kept her indoors her whole life. A modern day Rapunzel locked in a high-tech "tower" for her own good, her relationships are with her mother and her nurse, Carla, and of course, her books. Maddy's father and brother have been dead since she was very small. She spies the cute and tortured new next door neighbor, Olly, and the two of them begin an online romance that migrates to IRL with the help of Carla.
Everything, Everything is ultraromantic and will appeal to fans of Una LaMarche's forbidden romance, Like No Other.. It could be called Maddy and Olly in the spirit of Eleanor & Park and Zac & Mia.
The Plot Twist was not a surprise to me, but it was a disappointment. In the end, however, Maddy learns to really live and that is what is most important about Everything, Everything.