Review: Because You’ll Never Meet Me

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Original Release Date:

June 1st, 2015

Date I Read The Book:

April 2016

My Star Rating:

5 stars

Chronology:

Standalone

Official Summary:

Finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Award
An Indie Next List selection
Nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal

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.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

Because You’ll Never Meet Me is a contemporary novel set in a science fiction world. The book is told in dual points of view, in the letters sent between the two boys, with Mortiz telling what is happening now and avoiding the past, and Oliver talking about the past, but avoiding the now, we learn the events not as the unfold but as their friendship grows and they begin to trust each other.

The characters are all wonderful, the romances are not what you’d expect though very cute. Illness and disabilities are portrayed with tact though in an abnormal way due to the genre. The writing is wonderful, each boy has a distinct voice and it manages to be both humorous and heart-wrenching throughout.

I really can’t explain more without spoiling things greatly. I simply recommend that everyone read this book, its one of my favorites, not just of this year, but of all time.

Favorite/Famous Quotes:

“Maybe the reason people avoid you is because the emotions your brain sends out when you click are kind of… negative emotions?

Maybe you’re clicking unhappiness at people, and they’re sending it back in echoes.” 
― Leah Thomas, Because You’ll Never Meet Me

“Please follow these instructions:
1. Stack the pages of this letter neatly. 
2. Roll the pages up into a cylinder. 
3. Smack yourself over the head with it. 
4. Repeat. You complete ass.” 
― Leah Thomas, Because You’ll Never Meet Me

“Wait, how do most people make friends? I’ve only done it once. There has to be an easier way of going abouit it than getting thrown around and bleeding all over the place. But both of us went through that. So maybe…

Nosebleeds = Friendship Maybe friends are drawn to bloodsheed. You know. Like sharks.” 
― Leah Thomas, Because You’ll Never Meet Me

“Maybe we’re on the wrong side of some metaphorical bridge where the grass is crusty and not grass at all, but sharp little spines of glass. I dunno, Moritz.
But the one little speck of green that I get is your letters, so please never stop writing me.
You got that?
Never stop.

Because you’ll never meet me and it’s the closest we can get.” 
― Leah Thomas, Because You’ll Never Meet Me

 

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