Published on: October 12th 2015
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Romance
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(summary from Goodreads)
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.
“Sometimes I reread my favourite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I get to the beginning. When you read this way the characters go from hope to despair, from self knowledge to doubt. In love stories, couples start out as lovers and end as strangers. Coming of age books become stories of losing your way. Your favourite characters come back to life.”
This book stood out as one of my favourite books of the year, and it’s only May! Not to brag, but I feel so lucky to have been given the chance to read this as an ARC as I don’t think I could have waited until September to get my hands on it! Everything about this book was perfect, so stick with me as I tell you just how much I loved it and why …
I loved Madeline (Maddy), right from the very very beginning. I think it had something to do with the opening lines of this book…
“I’ve read many more books than you. It doesn’t matter how many you’ve read. I’ve read more. Believe me.”
…From this point I knew we were going to be friends and I would stick with her through anything!