Author: Nicola Yoon
Publish Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Lit/Contemporary/Romance/Fiction
This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
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.
I received an arc copy of this book from Random House Kids in exchange for an honest review.
I dare you to pick up this book and not finish it in one sitting. It’s practically impossible. And if I hadn’t had to work all week, I would definitely have finished it in one sitting. This book is beautiful, funny heartbreaking, and shocking. Did I mention BEAUTIFUL, because it is. I know I’m gushing, but I absolutely adored Madeline and Olly, and their impossible love story. I just want to hug this book to my chest and never let it go. I absolutely adored this book! But the ending kills me, I was so not prepared for it! Gah, plot twists!
Madeline has this Severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID), which makes her the girl in the plastic bubble, basically. She has never been outside, or had any friends. She spends her days with her nurse and her mom. One day, a family moves in next door, and we are introduced to Olly, this absolutely adorably hot kid (in my mind anyway) who is into Parkour and very obviously has a tough family life (trigger warning for suggestions of abuse). Their story just sort of explodes from there. It is beautiful to read, honestly. It’s a story of first love, and true love, as well as of family.
Do yourself a favor and go and pre-order this book! You will not regret it, I promise you! One of my favorite books this year.