Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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“My birthday is the one day of the year that we’re both most acutely aware of my illness. It’s the acknowledgement of the passage of time that does it. Another whole year of being sick, no hope for a cure on the horizon. Another year of missing all the normal teenagery things – learner’s permit, first kiss, prom, first heartbreak, first fender bender. Another year of my mom doing nothing but working and taking care of me.

Yoon, Nicola. Everything Everything. Delacorte Press., 2015. 307 pages. Hardcover. $18.99, ISBN 978-0-553-49664-2

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Gr 10 Up—From the first page, Madeline Whittier is a sympathetic character who has had to watch the world from the inside of a bubble—literally. Her diagnosed condition of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency is a life sentence that limits her to a world of two people: her mother, who is a doctor, and her nurse. Everything changes when Olly and his family move into the house next door. Olly is the kind of inventive guy who figures out a way to communicate with Madeline, and over the course of the next few months Madeline becomes Maddy, a young woman who takes potentially deadly risks to protect Olly emotionally, if not physically. Maddy’s and Olly’s hastily planned trip to Maui and their tastefully described liaison while there suggests a mature teen audience, but readers of Cammie McGovern’s Say What You Will (HarperCollins, 2014) and Wendy Mills’s Positively Beautiful (Bloomsbury, 2015) will fall in love with this humorously engaging story of a girl who discovers life, love, and forgiveness in new places. VERDICT Everything, Everything is wonderful, wonderful.—Jodeana Kruse, R. A. Long High School, Longview, WA

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It’s going to be a movie! Read about it here. 

Want to read more? Here’s a great NPR interview with Nicola Yoon.

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Everything Everything is a High School nominee for the 2016-2017 Black Eyed Susan Award. For more information go to the Maryland Association of School Librarians.

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Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

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Amelia is 15 and has her first crush on Chris. Chris is 21 and finds himself attracted to Amelia but knows that she is just too young.

Buzo, Laura. Love and Other Perishable Items. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 243 pages. Hardcover. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-375-87000-2

What if your first love was 21 but you were only 15? What then?

Amelia is 15, lives in Australia, goes to an all-girls school, and works at Coles supermarket.  She has a crush on Chris, who also works at Coles, who goes to the local university. Chris is floundering a bit, trying to get over or win back (depending on the day) a lost love, searching for the perfect woman, drinking a bit more than he should, and wondering what he’s going to do with his life.

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Chris and Amelia spend a good bit of time together, talking on breaks, chatting when their registers are near each other, when they go to parties and out for pizza. Amelia feels like she can tell Chris anything.

Does Chris feel the same way? What will happen? Love and Other Perishable Items gives you a look not only into what Amelia is thinking but also gives you a look at Chris’ journals. Read for yourself to see what happens.

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Awards:

William C. Morris Award 2009

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“I do like to read realistic fiction. In realistic fiction, the characters are easy to relate to and you can see yourself in the characters and what they go through.”  Lelia V. Age 15

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