Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
Rating: 4.5 stars
Summary: 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.
<summary taken from: goodreads.com>
my opinion on the book:
I asked for an arc of this book because I kept hearing people talk about how good it was and it got me really curious.
The book is written as an epistolary novel, going from one main character to the other and back.
At first the it just seems another angst story about loner teenagers that are different from others, one is allergic to electricity, the other one has a peacemaker and is blind, but soon you’ll realize that this story goes way beyond teenage angst. There isn’t much that can be told about the plot without revealing too much about it, so let’s just say that this isn’t just your regular coming-of-age sort of story.
One of the things i loved the most about the book was how the relationship between the two main characters was built. Ollie and Moritz have very different lives, background stories and character; because of the great differences between them, the way the relationship developed wasn’t equal for both of them, while Ollie felt comfortable talking about many things from the beginning, Moritz kept to himself and slowly started to open up.
The voices of both boys are very distinctive, most of the time, because of the way their lives are, they have contrary ways to see the world. Althought this goes a bit lost about the middle of the book, when Moritz starts to open up not only to Ollie but to people in his city, sometimes he sounded more like Ollie than himself, which could also be because he was taking advice and streigh from Ollie, people do tend to adopt manners from others. Anyway, sometimes at the beginning of a chapter i wasn’t sure who was talking, but it corrected itself pretty fast.
The stories of each of the boys and their interactions with the minor characters were very interesting, although i preferred Moritz’s, maybe because it had more action, or just ’cause Ollie kept leaving his story in cliffhangers that felt unnecessary, it felt as if it was just because there wouldn’t be anything more to say after the “event” he keeps talking about, was over.
In conlusion, I give the book a 4.5, even thought i loved it so much, mostly because at some parts i kind of lost interest and i wasn’t sure if i should keep reading or not. Obviously, the moment the book showed its cards (the plot twist) i got sucked in by it so badly i just couldn’t stop reading until i was finished.
The story is presented very nicely, the characters are interesting and different from the ones you get in your regular contemporary coming-of-age books, which made this book so special.
The book doesn’t end in a closed way, there are many things that can still happen, which is great because apparently there will be a sequel (according to goodreads), which makes the book even awesomer! (is that a word?).
Anyway, for the people who really like great developments and twists, i highly recommend this book. It’s so very enjoyable, i’m sure i’ll reread it pretty soon.