Summary: My disease is as rare as it is famous. It’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, but basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in fifteen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives. New next door neighbors. I look out the 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. I want to learn everything about him, and I do. I learn that he is funny and fierce. I learn that his eyes are Atlantic Ocean-blue and that his vice is stealing silverware. I learn that when I talk to him, my whole world opens up, and I feel myself starting to change—starting to want things. To want out of my bubble. To want everything, everything the world has to offer.
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.
Thoughts: I saw this movie on the airplane back from somewhere and thought it was an okay movie. I knew I had to read the book though especially after how much I loved the sun is also a star. I decided I would listen to it on audio as I’d be able to get through it quicker.
I really enjoy audiobooks that use different narrators for the characters. I think it’s great to have a distinction between the characters. I also enjoy how we get the two narrators but the whole book is written through one perspective.
I love how much the book and movie are pretty similar but in this case I actually prefer the movie. I think that the book seemed to drag on and keep going when there were scenes that I felt needed to be cut short. I think the movie did a good job of transitioning between each scene with cutting out some of the things from the book.
Something that I did enjoy from the book though was the descriptions for some of the emotions that were occurring. I think seeing the world through Maddie’s eyes makes the feelings stronger. You can feel as her heart breaks each time and as she decides to go against her mother’s wishes.
I recommend this to those of you who have enjoyed any of Nicola Yoon’s other books or those who have enjoyed the movie. You can get this book at IndieBound or look for it at your local library.