Blurb: “Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times – as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.”
** This book was sent to me by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review**
Because You’ll Never Meet Me is a compilation of letters between Oliver and Moritz who are brought together by doctors and their parents simply to write about their lives; to know that they are not alone, no matter how isolated they feel. If you loved the format of The Perks of Being a Wallflower then you will devour this book, just like I did. While the letters were written to Ollie and vice versa, I felt like they were also talking to me and allowing me to see into their worlds.
Watching their friendships grow over the course of the correspondence was truly beautiful. They learned to trust each other more and open up, share secrets, offer advice. They had someone to talk to and they saw themselves as equals: when they discovered bad things about each other, they didn’t put themselves on a pedestal to act all high and mighty. It was really lovely to see. The whole plot told through this letter layout worked really well for the flow and narratives. I don’t think this story could have been told in any other way.
Prior to writing this review, I looked at reviews that other bloggers had done on their blogs and on the wonderful world of Goodreads to see what they thought and I was surprised to see that a lot of them didn’t like the ending – the word “anti-climatic” was used a fair amount.
I have to disagree. I have no idea how this book would end, but I found it really satisfying given how the plot turned out. It make me love the story even more. It was a perfect ending.
Bloomsbury seems to have a knack for sniffing out the best YA contemporary books because this is definitely one of the best I’ve read so far this year.
I will definitely be keeping an eye out for any more books from Leah Thomas!
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