My Rating: ★★★★★
Genre(s): Young Adult; Contemporary
Plot: [From Goodreads] 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 received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This review may contain spoilers. If you have not read this book, please do not read beyond this point!
- Everything, everything.
- This book was so good.
- Like really.
- This book is everything.
- From the story to the formatting to the characters.
- So good.
- Also: that plot twist!
- I hate Madeline’s mother. And the fact that Madeline’s entire childhood was skipped because of her mother’s paranoid delusional tendencies.
- “Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”
- “My guilt is an ocean for me to drown in.”
- “If my life were a book and you read it backward, nothing would change. Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today.”
- “You can do every goddamn thing right, and your life can still turn to shit.”
- “Just because you can’t experience everything doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experience anything.”
My Thoughts: This book was so great! I didn’t read the description before requesting to read it, so I had no idea what to expect. But I was not disappointed! This wasn’t your typical fluffy YA book. Oliver and Madeline’s relationship grew over the internet, and then blossomed in person. And I did not see the plot twist coming. Although in hindsight, it’s kind of obvious. But until I knew, I had no idea. I’m glad that Madeline got out of the house, and I’m glad that she made it back to Oliver. All around, this was just a really great book, especially a debut novel, and I can’t wait to see what else Yoon has in store for us!