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Can we learn everything we need to know about life in books? Madeline, the protagonist of the YA book Everything, Everything, (soon to be a movie) thought so for the first seventeen years of her life. She learned everything by reading books.

Here is  a complete list of everything, everything Maddy read while in captivity at her house due to a strange disease known as SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency), a condition that basically leaves her allergic to the entire world. 

See what you can learn from her choice of books. Some you might have read before. Those you haven't, are worth a try.  

Alice in Wonderland

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To be more adventurous and open minded.  

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carol: Traveling away from everything she’ve ever known and leaping into the unknown, that’s all Madeline wants. At the heart of Alice’s adventure is a desire to experience new things no matter how strange they may seem.  

Remember to look under the surface, do not hide your true feelings, and care for the things you have because they cannot be replaced.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:  The Little Prince leaves his perfectly safe planet to explore what else is out there… Madeline completely relates. At some point in life most of us want to escape our bubbles. When circumstances do not allow you, you can always daydream.  

The Little Prince

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Flowers for Algernon

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The strength of friendship and the role of intelligence in human relationships. 

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes: It’s easy to see how Madeline might feel like a trapped mouse. She has no contact with peers her own age, so she feels socially impaired. Young people are in a perennial search for identity, a quest more difficult for intelligent ones who sometimes lack good social skills and are made fun of by the "in" crowd. This book main message is how to reach a balance between intellectual intelligence and social relationships. 

People will do anything to survive and mankind needs to learn to be good.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding: In Golding’s classic, a bunch of boys ends up on an island barren of adults, and things promptly descend into anarchy and madness.  For Madeline, the idea of absolute freedom seems scary sometimes. She wants to be able to go outside. Is it worth the risk?

Lord of the Flies

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Then Madeline meets her new next door neighbor, a guy named Olly, and everything changes. Now more than ever she wants to experience life as any other teenager. She starts taking more risks and seeing Olly without her mother's consent. Among other things, she helps him with his AP English class. These three books, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, come up back to back in the story.  But we can't tell you why and what she learns from them because it will be a major spoiler. Just trust us... they are great reads. 

A Tale of Two Cities

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Faulker's As I Lay Dying

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To Kill A Mockingbird

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After that, everything goes in a spiral. These three books, The Stranger by Albert Camus, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Becket, and Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre, Madeline describes in a rapid fire mode at a point when some startling news make her question her judgement and the meaning of life.  

The Stranger

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Waiting for Godot

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All these books will stir you inside. They will make you sort out feelings you might have never felt before and analyzed life a little deeper. 








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