Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Pages: 344 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, July 2015
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.
*Thanks again to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy of this book for review!*
This book you guys, THIS BOOK. It was so unexpected. I went into the book not knowing anything about it, but it was such a pleasant surprise.
This book is written from two point of views, Ollie and Moritz. They both suffer from personal health related issues, causing them to never be able to meet. Instead, they are pen pals. The entire book is written in the form of their letters. Usually, I find this type of format kind of disconnecting and makes it difficult to get to know the characters. However, to my pleasant surprise, the letters were written in such a way that made me feel like I was actually there in the stories told by Moritz and Ollie.
I love love LOVE the bond between Moritz and Ollie. Their friendship is just amazing. The building of the storyline as well as the characters was fantastically done as well. I adored the characters + their letters so so much. Don’t get me wrong, they are not perfect characters. They both have flaws in their own way; however, I felt like these flaws made them so much more realistic.
The only thing I found slightly disappointing was towards the ending. However, I won’t go into details to avoid spoilers!!
Nevertheless, this is a great read. I finished the entire book in 3 days, which is great considering that I’ve been in the world’s longest reading slump. I highly recommend you pick a copy up! Ollie and Moritz are characters that I will definitely be thinking about for awhile.
Writing style: 4.5/5