about the book
Madeline is allergic to the world. Literally.
She has a rare yet famous disease called severe combined immunodeficiency, also known as “bubble baby disease.” Anything can trigger a reaction—chemicals from a cleaner left on the table, someone’s perfume, or a spice in her food. Nobody knows the triggers. Thus, she doesn’t leave the house. She hasn’t left the house in seventeen years. Her only human contact is her mom and her nurse, Carla.
Madeline spends her time reading books—always new books that come decontaminated and vacuum-sealed in plastic wrap—in her white room, with white walls and white bookshelves. She dreams of picnics in pollen-filled fields, drinking tea in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, snorkeling off Molokini, visiting a used bookstore, just walking outside down the block and back, or having a simple conversation with someone from the outside.
Then, one day, she sees a moving truck next door…and a boy. Madeline gawks from her window. He’s tall, lean, and dressed all in black, including a black knit cap. He looks up and sees Madeline watching, and he stares at her. She stares right back.
His name: Olly. Madeline is quite certain that she’ll be falling in love with him, and quite certain that it’ll be a disaster. But the greatest risk may be not taking one…
about the author
Hopeless romantic Nicola Yoon is a proud member of the We Need Diverse Books team—her own character, Madeline, is a biracial teen struggling with a rare illness. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.
Nicola’s first drafts are hand written, and she keeps all of her empty pens. She writes from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m., Monday through Friday. She started her first novel, Everything, Everything, when, as a new mother, she was nervously protecting her four-month-old. She started wondering, “What if there was a girl who always knew the level of protection that moms give to newborns?” This grew into her first novel.
Nicola’s second book, The Sun is Also a Star, will debut in November 2016. It is another young adult book that also does not shy away from Nicola’s hopeless romantic side.
Also by Nicola Yoon:
The Sun Is Also a Star. Delacorte. November 2016.
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