Read: June 10 - 11 Verdict: 5 Stars
I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.
Wow, oh wow, this book.
Madeline is an 18-year-old girl who doesn't know what it's like to be in the Outside world. All her life, Maddy has been stuck inside the walls of life because she suffers from SCID. Basically, Maddie is allergic to everything, and everything could kill her. And Maddie is okay with that, more or less. She has her mom, she has her books and she has her nurse Carla. What else is there?
And then comes Olly. Olly who only dresses in black, runs up walls and makes hilarious skit comedies about bundt cakes. Olly is what Maddie has been waiting for, and she just didn't know it until now.
When it comes to Goodreads and BookTube, there are several months every couple of months that get a massive round of hype. This is one of those books. It's a book you desperately want to read, but you're almost afraid to start in case it ends up disappointing you. This book did not disappoint me. It lived up to those expectations and then exceeded them.
Despite her situation, Maddie is more or less a normal girl. She likes reading, and she likes board games. She likes instant messaging and Tumblr. And she's able to develop an intense crush on the guy next door.
Olly and Maddie's relationship was perfect. It wasn't insta-love. It was a brief attraction at first glance, that crew into an insatiable curiosity. Then it morphed in to jokes, friendship, laughter and finally tenderness, love and heartbreak.
There were some perfect, beautiful moments in this book. All the bundt cake jokes, Maddie's Rapunzel-like hair, Hawaii, the bookshop. I don't think there was one second that I wasn't riveted.
It's hard to develop such intense relationships without some flashes of hatred towards characters for their actions. But somehow Maddie seemed justified in certain ways she acted because of how she had lived her life. She never knew such feelings, and like a wild animals, something new and scary made her flee into a safe corner.
And the twist in this book blew me away.I really didn't see it coming! I'm sure other people did but not me. And I love that!
I would implore anyone thinking about picking this book when it's out on bookshelves in September to do so.It makes your heart dance, sign and sob, all in the space of a few hundred pages. And when you put it down, it will never leave you...not really.