My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Oh my god, this book!! I enjoyed it so much, I read it all in one go!
The format and illustrations included in the book made it unique, I always love books that have something a bit different in them.
One criticism I have of the book is that Maddy felt quite ‘young’, in the way she acted and said things. However, I feel like this could be because she is exploring many things for the first time, and also because she hasn’t had a lot in the way of socialising.
One thing I really enjoyed was the building relationship between Maddy and Olly – it didn’t feel forced or fake, and it wasn’t rushed either. Also, the positive mother-daughter relationship portrayed in the book was sweet, and it isn’t seen much in books. This helped to make the book more unique.
I have a quite contradicting opinion on the ending of the book. It was a good plot twist, but I also think it ruined the book a bit. It turned it into more of a romance which took away from the plot of the story (Maddy’s illness). On the other hand, it positively left you wanting more of the book, not necessarily meaning it leaves it too open but that it is finished, you just want more from the characters.
This book is currently being made into a film, starring Amandla Stenberg (who played Rue in The Hunger Games) as Maddy. I would definitely recommend reading this before the movie comes out!