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.
Page Length: 310
Publication Year: 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Characters: Maddy, Olly
After lots of badgering from my Sister, I finally gave in and read this book. I loved how it quirky it was. The cute little illustrations throughout were really enjoyable and helped to give this book a light feeling. I consumed this book in one sitting, which is a good indication of how much the story pulled me in. The only slightly negative thing I will say was that I did see the “big” plot twist coming at the end but even so this didn’t really hinder my enjoyment.
Maddy was such an enjoyable character. I liked that even though she lived the way she did, she still managed to have a positive outlook most of the time. I also liked how genuine she was, there was no hidden agenda she just wanted things that not sick people take for granted, like going outside, having a boyfriend and seeing the world.
I also liked how much we learned about Olly (plus other supporting characters) just from Maddy’s observations. Olly comes from a troubled family, his father is an abusive drunk and there are near constant arguments at home. This gave really good symmetry to the both characters as they both long to escape a situation that they have no choice about being in. It gave me a greater understanding of why they would be drawn to one another.
I’ve been reading a lot of YA recently and this is definitely one of the better ones. It had the right blend of drama, heartache, romance and suspense to keep me hooked to the end. My rating 4/5