Title: Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Author: Leah Thomas
Release Date: July 2nd 2015
Format: Kindle Book
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Page Count : 344
Genre : Young Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, contemparey, Scifi, LGBTQ
Reviewer : Taylor
Synopsis Via Goodreads
Finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Award
An Indie Next List selection
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.
Okay late to the game here on this one but OH MY LANTA I loved it! This book is written as letters between our two main characters Oliver and Moritz. They are newly met pen pals pared together due to illness.
Ollie, Oliver, upandfree I loved him too much. He lives in America in a cabin in the woods due to an allergy to electricity he is a self proclaimed hermit. Not a slight one either. Ollie can never be in contact with it at all as far as he knows. Despite that Ollie tries his best to make light of his situation. His voice is so fun to dive into. He is all about super heroes and needling. Trying to discover his origin story. He has some super ADD which for me made him very relatable.
Moritz is living in Germany. He is not a hermit but a scared little boy. See he has no eyes, yet he is not blind. He has all the makings to be super a hero and yet he is not one. He grows so much throughout this story. He was my unsung hero! He raps guys and I need a movie edition so I can see that! We see him finally see himself, make friends, fall in love. IT is so amazing. Unfortunately he also has pace maker so you see they can never meet.
These two characters bring out the best in each other. I love the difference in their voices so much. You would never know the same person wrote this Leah Thomas is masterful! I am already diving in to the second book and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Easy easy five stars. This book is the perfect
blend of contemporary story “AFTER ALL THIS IS NOT SCIENCE FICTION” with just the right amount of sci-fi ;). Pick up this book!
“Now you cannot say I do not trust you. I have shown you my beating heart. Pace-maker and all, confidant.”