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.
The writing in this book is as perfect as it gets. I was fascinated by these boys. One “allergic” to electricity and another born without eyes. What memorable and unique characters!
Ollie struck me as the more normalish of the two at first. Which is really saying something when you consider he has little to no contact with anyone other than his mom and his Doctor. His character is one of those people whose highs are high and whose lows are very low. He is bright and vibrant. Full of life and curiosity. He is intelligent and yet immature. He is heroic but selfish. He is complicated. Just as he should be. He reminded me of every hyper kid who would rather be terrorizing the outdoors and experiencing life rather than being stuck indoors.
Moritz on the other hand started out as the darker of the two. While he began making some progress in his life, it felt like Ollie was going the opposite way. Moritz’s ability to “echo-locate” was amazing. Imagine seeing the world in sound waves. Moritz is still among the world but not entirely part of it. Since he isn’t blind but, definitely can’t “see”, he is stuck in that horrid middle ground where no one quite knows how to treat him. Especially when they see the emptiness behind his goggles.
The ending is perfect. These two seemingly unconnected boys find themselves connected in the most intimate of ways. They are both products of the same person’s ambition to change the world. They are both in many ways a part of each other.
This was a beautiful story of fighting our own obstacles in the best way we can. This story is about living life for all it’s worth no matter what and being the best friend you can be to those you are lucky enough to have.
A definite 5 star book!
The Technical Data:
Title: Because You’ll Never Meet Me | Author(s): Leah Thomas |
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens / Publication Date: 6-2-2015 |Pages: 353 (Paperback) | ISBN: 9781408862629 | Genre(s): Young Adult |Language:English | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2-7-2016 | Source: Copy from Library