With less than a month till the movie adaptation of Everything, Everything hits screens, we're taking some time to brush up on Nicola Yoon's YA novel. The story revolves around Madeline, an 18-year-old girl who has a very rare disease and has lived most of her life in a germ-free bubble. Madeline (played by Amandla Stenberg, Rue in The Hunger Games and all-around awesome, empowering human being) has her life carefully planned out, until a new family moves in next door, that family including a very cute boy with a penchant for black clothing and parkour. Olly (played by Nick Robinson from The 5th Wave and Jurassic World) could very well be the end of her world as she knows it, or maybe, just maybe, he could be the one to jumpstart it.
Their story is sweet, hopeful, and crushing all at once, and while we know that some things are bound to get lost in adaptation, we're rooting for these particular scenes. (Spoilers ahead!)
- The First Contact. The writing-on-the-window kind of contact, to be exact. You'll recall that Olly was performing the last rites of the rock-hard Bundt cake his mom baked for Madeline’s family, which was rejected by Madeline's mom because, you know, germs, when he finally got Madeline to laugh and open up to him.
- The First Face-to-Face Meeting. Here's the thing about expectations and wild imaginations: More often than not, the real person can't compare to the person you dreamed up in your head. But when they do, or when they even exceed your expectations? Fireworks.
- The First Touch. Physical contact was strictly forbidden during Olly's clandestine visits, but of course he just had to teach her how to do a handstand, of course he had to catch her fall.
- The First Kiss. Madeline has lived a million lives through all the books she's read, but nothing could have prepared her for her first kiss that tastes of salted caramel and sunshine and all things nice.
- The Getaway. Theirs is a doomed love story, Madeline knows, but that's not going to stop her from pushing the boundaries and exploring the possibilities. She whisks Olly away on a romantic vacation to Hawaii using her street smarts (and secret credit card). As a reader, you experience the vast endlessness of the ocean for the first time with Madeline. You feel the sand between your toes, how it changes from coarse and loose to liquid velvet.
- The Cliff Dive. You scream with Madeline as she jumps off a 30-foot cliff into the ocean. You swim and kick your way to the surface, feeling infinite and invincible, craving, taking everything that the world has to offer.
- The Revelation. Just when you thought you knew how this story would end, it hits you with a plot twist that you dismiss as something that could only happen in books—but then you remember how life is so much stranger than fiction, and filled with just as much or even more happy beginnings as there are sad goodbyes.
What scenes are you excited to see in the movie?