by Nicola Yoon
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
When I first saw this book online, the first thing that caught my attention was the beautiful cover. Then I read the blurb and I thought of that cheesy bubble boy movie with Jake Gyllenhaal and decided it was not the book for me. Then I kept seeing it everywhere, everywhere. Ha! Naturally, I started getting curious. Every time I saw the book I imagined what the story would be about. Maybe it’s a tragic-star-crossed lovers-Romeo and Juliet type? Maybe she dies for love? I thought to myself. Eventually, I decided that instead of formulating all kinds of theories, I just had to find out what all the fuzz was about.
As I began reading, the first thing that caught my attention was how unique of a format this was. The author was extremely creative with the manuscript and I found this to be very refreshing. Then I realized that I liked Madeline a lot. I liked how bold and brave she was. (Although I was thoroughly disappointed with her for a little while, at about 70% or 80% through). Olly was perfection -nothing else to say there.
The other thing I found -and I most definitely was not expecting this, was how deep it was. While the story was really entertaining, I couldn’t help but marvel at the meaning behind every detail. This wasn’t just a story of teenage love, it was a book about life. From the references to The Little Prince to Madeline’s definitions, every page had me reflecting upon the meaning of life. (Yes, I was in quite a pensive mood). I can’t believe I almost missed out on reading this book. 5 awestruck stars!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
5 out of 5 stars