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.
My Rating: 3.5/5
I had heard nothing but good things about this book and so I decided to finally read it before I watch the movie adaptation.
It had been a while since I read a YA contemporary especially one with as much hype as this one.
The book tells the story of a teenage girl called Maddy who has a condition which makes her allergic to the outside world.
The book commences with Maddy's 17th birthday and we are shown what a limited, lonely existence she lives. Other than her house nurse, her mother is the only person Maddy has regular daily contact with. I loved their mother/daughter relationship and how close they were.
I found the book really fast paced especially the romance between Maddy and her new neighbour Olly.
I loved the writing style. It was very unique and creative and I loved the added element of the illustrations throughout.
The only negative thing I can say about this book is that I predicted the plot twist very early on in the book which I completely hate myself for. Also my mum on only reading the synopsis guessed the ending as well.