by Leah Thomas
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: July 2nd 2015 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Finalist for the 2016 Morris Award.
In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.
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.. oh boy.. this book. I’m gonna start off by saying that I actually enjoyed this but I was expecting a little more from it and I guess it just didn’t own up to those expectations. I picked this book up because of the beautiful cover and the captivating title but I did not know anything from the plot of this book and I feel like that had a lot to do with me liking and disliking this book at the same time.
Okay, for those of you who do not know anything about this book, I’m going to try and explain it a little bit without getting too much into details or spoilers. This book is about two guys, one named Ollie and the other Moritz, these two are more than just an unlikely pair. Ollie is allergic to electricity while Moritz has a very weak heart and has too use a pacemaker in order to survive. So basically we got a boy who survives from electricity and one that absolutely can’t stand it, to the point where he actually repels it. So yeah, these two can never meet (hence the title) BUT as a therapeutic way of talking about their lives and what they have been through these two characters start exchanging mail. And this is where the story starts.
This book had some stuff that I didn’t necessarily liked, I can’t say that I hated them but it’s little details that didn’t quite connect with me. And then there’s some things that I absolutely loved and are the reason why I enjoyed this book.
The Things I didn’t like
- Plot- Okay, the thing about this one is that this book has a really interesting concept and some really good plot points but I feel like the way it was delivered I personally didn’t like it. I had some trouble processing some of the things that where happening and some of the plot points didn’t quite caught my attention the way I wish it did. Honestly like I said they are really interesting but the way the plot was developed just wasn’t for me but I do believe that there’s going to be a lot people that like this and some that already do.
- The unbelievable- This book is realistic fiction and I got that as soon as I started reading it. This book may sound like a typical contemporary in a way but it has a lot of things that are fantasy. This being said I want to clarify my reason to why this is a reason I didn’t quite liked it. At first I was loving it but as you continue reading the fantasy and unexpected elements start increasing and at a point it started to make me feel detached from the story to the point where I had to take a mini breaks from reading.
The Things that I loved
- The writing- This book is told completely in letters exchanged by our main characters. After a certain point of reading I thought I was going to get tired of this format but honestly it’s so well-written that I honestly didn’t mind. I love Leah Thomas writing style and the characters she created.
- The Characters- I LOVE the characters in this book. They are so amazing and so well-written. These characters have so much personality even if you are just reading letters. I honestly really loved how they complemented each other and how they brought out the best and worst of each other. The depth of the emotions and actions the characters have is just great. Getting to see their past and their story throughout this book was probably the main reason I enjoyed this.
Wow! okay, long review, I wasn’t expecting to write such a review but yeah loads of thoughts on this book. Long story short I enjoyed this book but I had some trouble with it. This was my personal experience I do believe that if this sounds interesting to you, there’s a really big chance that you’ll like it. So give it a try.
P.S. While looking at the info of this book, I saw that theres a sequel so that’s going to be interesting. Looking forward to see what that one will bring.
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