So I heard about this book from watching Zoella’s book club video on Youtube and I just suddenly became so interested in it, I knew it was right up my street and just wanted to read it instantly.
With that being said, I only got this book for Christmas ( have no idea why I didn’t just buy it for myself before 😀 ) and basically read it in five days. It completely sucked me in, I found it so hard to put it down, just wanted to know what happens. These are for me the makings of a good book. And I think I really found a gem here, so I have to share it with you, because everybody should read this brilliant book.
So the book is about a girl called Maddie, who is allergic to everything (!) and hasn’t left her house for 17 years. Then (naturally) a handsome boy moves in next door. They start talking online and fall in love and with that, basically Maddie’s life is turned upside down. She wants to discover more of the world that has been out of reach for so long. It’s all about what we are willing to do and sacrifice love, and the feeling that it will all worth it.
The story starts off with Maddie introducing us to her illness, and her daily routines, and how she is kept safe basically. We learn that she has a mother, who is a doctor, and a caretaker called Carla. All of these characters seems, nice and kind, and overall, Maddie thinks she is living a happy life, the fullest in her circumstances.
Then everything changes as Olly moves in next door. He kind of seems like bad boyish character, even though he’s really smart. Unfortunately has family troubles. He and his sister try to make friends with Maddie, with not a lot of luck as she can’t be contacted with the outside world.
That doesn’t stop them to create some sort of contact, they start IMing each other. Then later on they arrange a secret meeting, trying to be friends first, but they just can’t help to fall in love with each other to the point where Maddie is just risking everything, including her own life, to be together with Olly. I’ll stop here, because it gets too exciting from this on, and I really don’t want to give a lot away.
Why I liked it:
I really enjoyed how this book is written, for example with some pages just having only a couple of sentences on it to emphasize what is happening. It makes me feel like the editing of the pages really adds a lot to the story. To be honest I really like that kind of writing, when it’s not too strict in a way. In my opinion it makes the book more unique and interesting. I like the story as well, I thought it was a great twist on your typical teenage love stories.
I can’t really say anything bad about is to be honest, the only thing is I feel like the end is a bit sudden, I felt like I needed a bit more for a closure, but that is really just nitpicking from my part. Probably just found it hard to deal with the fact that the book was over. #bookhangover
Overall, I highly recommend for anyone to read this book. Especially if you like teenage love stories with a twist. I thoroughly enjoyed every page, and this book is up there with my favourite books I’ve ever read.