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Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on September 1st, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.
Madeline is allergic to everything. Confined to her room and house she hasn’t stepped outside in years. When a new boy named Olly moves right next door, her entire world shifts and slowly but surely she ends up being a teenager with wants and needs like one. Will she risk her own life just to be with the one she loves?
Great writing with some thoughtful quotes, but I found the romance to be way too quick and sudden, and the revelation at the end to be too predictable. I honestly turned the page and all of a sudden she’s already attracted to Olly after a couple of pages. I understand their emails and chats grew over a period of time but I didn’t find them very cute at all. I also didn’t care too much about the characters which probably sounds terrible of me, but I didn’t feel anything for them 🙁 The only character I felt for was the mother and I loved Madeline’s relationship with her mom. It’s one of the strongest I’ve read in a while and I liked how Madeline ends up being like a normal teenager when she pulls one of the most defying acts I’ve read about. I didn’t blame her one bit though.
I wished I liked this more, but the writing was well done and I pulled a lot of quotes. Maybe the over-hype got to me because I was expecting something better.