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On what felt like the first day of a heat wave here in the big apple, I was tasked with the tall order of watching the new film “Everything, Everything,” a teen rom-com adapted from the best-selling young adult novel of the same name by author Nicola Yoon.
For the record, I’m a 25-year-old man, and as I sat in the plush seat, thankful to escape the uncomfortable heat, I expected to give the now-infamous Anderson Cooper eye roll a run for its money several times over the next 97 minutes. Boy, was I wrong.
“Everything, Everything,” starring Amandla Stenberg as “Maddy” and Nick Robinson as “Olly,” tells the story of a young girl sequestered to her home due to an immune disorder called Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, otherwise known as SCID.
When Olly moves in next door to Maddy, the two develop an undeniably electric friendship, heightened only by their inability to interact face to face, instead resorting to texting while seeing each other only through their adjacent bedroom windows.
While we’ve seen similar stories of forbidden love and illness portrayed in films like “The Fault in Our Stars,” I found myself emotionally invested, and subsequently affected, in an entirely new way as the co-stars begin to flirt, eventually cheering with absolute glee (albeit silently, remember — 25-year-old man) when the couple finally shares a jeapardous first kiss.
As the credits rolled to a roaring applause, this truly romantic film left me with the sensation of butterflies like the first time I fell in love, a feeling that carried me back into the New York heat, but this time I didn’t care.
In case there was any doubt about your weekend plans, the film premieres in theaters nationwide today, May 19th.
As an added bonus, you can enter our giveaway on Instagram here for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card to buy your tickets, an “Everything, Everything” tank top and backpack AND one copy of the book.
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