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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is about a seventeen year old girl named Maddeline "Maddy" Whittier who has a rare condition known as severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome (SCID), in which her body has no natural defense against the bacteria and viruses found in the outside world. As a result, Maddy must live her life from inside the confines of her sanitized room. Her health is constantly monitored by her doctor and mother, Pauline, and her nurse, Carla. At first, Maddy is content with her simple life, reading books and playing board games with her mom, but everything changes after the arrival of her new next door neighbors. She becomes interested in their mysterious teenage son, Olly. At first, she only observes him from afar, but after Carla facilitates a meeting between them (in which he must be sanitized from head to toe and they are forbidden from physical contact), Maddy becomes dissatisfied with her limitations and desires more from their relationship, even if it means risking her life in order to experience love and all that the world has to offer.

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The protagonist of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoons is teenager Madeline Whittier (normally called Maddy) who lives in Los Angeles with her mother Pauline, a doctor. Her father and brother are dead. Maddy is not allowed to leave the house as she is being treated for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disease (SCID), so her life is severely restricted. She has limited interactions with other people apart from Carla, her Latin American nurse.

Another key character is Olly, the boy who moves in next door with his mother, sister, and abusive father. Maddy watches the family through the window and gets to know Olly when Carla organizes for them to meet. Olly is tall and pale, strong and active. Despite Maddy’s mother firing Carla for organizing their meeting, Maddy and Olly go to Hawaii together which is the catalyst for her learning more about her illness and why she has to live as she does.

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