We are introduced to a 18 year old girl named Madeline Whittier, Shes sick with SCID. Quote- " My disease is as rare as it is famous. It's a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but you know it as "bubble baby disease."
Madeline fell in love with her neighbor Olly but doesn't know if she can be with him ever, cause shes sick. Quote- " So. I don't check my e-mail, or respond to his e-mails."
A boy named Olly moves in next door. He sees Madeline through his window. He writes his number on a paper and shows it to her through the window. Then they start texting. Quote- " I'm getting better at ignoring the neighbors when I hear a ping coming outside." It's olly throwing rocks at my window."
Madeline leaves her house to go to Hawaii with Olly, she goes because she believes she needs a break from life. Quote- " I need to escape, too, just for a little while."
Madeline doesn't feel good so she goes back home. She thinks shes sick. She cuts off Olly and doesn't speak to him. Her mom is mad/sad that she left without telling her. She gets her test results back from when she didn't feel good in Hawaii. Quote- " Nothing hurts except my heart, but i'm trying not to use it."
They show that she is not sick with SCID. She then realizes her life was a lie. She then goes to see a doctor, shes not sick but since she hasn't been outside her body is not used to the bacteria. So she is slowly going outside for a little bit everyday, and gets back with Olly. Quote- "The smile he gives me is worth living for."