PUBLISHER: Delacorte Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 1st September 2015
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
An examination at the effects of seclusion from the outside world on a teenager and what happens when love happens to find its way into her life. The concept of being so unwell that you cannot go outside or meet normal developmental milestones was interesting. The book is not entirely text, there is illustrations, IM’s, notes from Maddy, and diagrams which makes for an interesting reading experience. The variations in the way the story was displayed to the reader allowed for a further exploration of Maddy and her subconscious. The relationship between Ollie and Maddy was extremely sweet and for Maddy it was her first love. Maddy’s mother obviously loved her and the relationship between these two characters was obviously strong. This novel was driven by its characters, specifically Maddy in her search to find more to her life than her bubble. Overall, this was a teenage romance book with an interesting twist that had me feeling along with each of the characters.
Keep Calm and Read On,