Thanks to Nicola Yoon and Net Galley for this ARC!
This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
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.
I loved this book! It’s creative, heart warming, and important. The whole point of the book is to live. To find those things in your life that are worth the risk and to leap head first into that adventure. It’s a unique coming of age story that’s still relatable.
It evokes such emotion and I love how diverse it is; with its characters and with its storytelling in general.
It was so hard for me to put this book down and until I could pick it up again I couldn’t stop thinking about it and Maddie and Olly. It is a YA romance, but it was so much more than that, and it was such a healthy real relationship between Maddie and Olly that it made me love it all the more.
I basically can’t stop gushing about this book and it’s level of swoon and adorableness and inspiration to take those leaps for the things you believe in.
You all need to read this book as soon as it comes out in September!