I don’t really write reviews about books because 1) I didn’t start my blog particularly for book reviews and 2) I don’t know how many of my readers are actually book worms. After reading this book, I just HAD to share. I first found out about this book through watching Zoella’s Book Club video on youtube. Many have claimed to have finished this book in one reading. It took me two days because I didn’t have enough time to sit through it all in one go – although I’m sure that if I did have the time, I would have also been one to do the same. This book is such a page-turner it’s hard to find the will to put it down. I want to write this post without spoiling anything, so before I get started, I want to mention that I’d definitely recommend reading this book if you’re a fan of other young adult fiction novels by authors like Sarah Dessen or Nicholas Sparks. If you are, I also advise that you stop lurking online to avoid reading any spoilers and just pick up the book and read it without any background knowledge about it, but if you must know a little bit about it (without the spoilers) …
To give you a brief idea of what the book is about, it beautifully depicts the life of Maddy, a girl with a rare disease which makes her allergic to pretty much anything and everything. As a result of this, she is unable to leave her house which is equipped with an air filtration system and is kept company by her nurse of many years, Carla and her mother. Again without giving away too much, throughout the book we see Maddy fall in love with Olly, the boy next door who she communicates with through notes against the window and eventually by email and IM’s. Nicola beautifully uses figurative language throughout the book to address the issues and challenges that each of the characters’ face in their lives.
As you read the book you’ll find yourself experiencing moments of sadness, humour and hope for Maddy, but ultimately the book is about love and how people do crazy things and risk their lives for love. What makes this book so unique is that the idea of love in the story unfolds in the least clichéd and most unexpected way.
I reaaaaally don’t want to reveal much but I’m dying to discuss the book with someone. It has easily become one of my favourite books I’ve ever read and I know I’m going to be re-reading this one again soon. 🙂 If you’ve read the book, or if you are planning on reading the book PLEASE come back to this post and comment down below so we can discuss it. Trust me, after you’ve read the book, you’re going to want someone to talk to about it too!
Happy reading! xx