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.
This book has been on my TBR list since it’s name started going around, and it’s the last book I’ll read and review in 2015. I was curious to see how the story would unfold if the main character was forced to stay home because of her disease; this book just drew itself to me.
Madeline is eighteen years old and has severe combined immunodeficiency. She can’t leave her house, her disease makes it impossible for her to be safe since anything can trigger a deathly reaction, all thanks to SCID. Cue love interest: Olly, who just moved next door. Through their adjacent windows, he gives Madeline his email, and they start to talk regularly. I was interested to see how this would play out, I mean, how would this relationship between these two ever work itself out? And it honestly did not disappoint me.
One thing that gave me an itch was the helluva lot of instalove, if you want to call it that. The fact that Madeline falls right for this new boy, and him right back. Reading it though, you can see how it makes sense. I guess that’s normal, if you’re stuck in your home for eighteen years.
Oh, and the plot twist in this book is freaking amazing.
This is one of those books where I can’t describe the plot without giving away spoilers, but trust me- if you want a unique and adorable contemporary, this is it.
Side-note: I loved how the main character was diverse! The increasing amount of representation in the book world is fantastic!
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