By Nicola Yoon
This beautiful story follows Madeline as she chases love, adventure, and purpose while confined in the walls of her home by her illness.
Recommended Age Level: 13+
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.
I really enjoyed this book! It was fun to follow Maddy and Olly on their quest for love and connection, and the story explores what it means to be independent without leaving everyone behind. Their journey towards discovering who they are and what they want out of life is joyous to follow along with, and it makes you start to ask yourself questions about who you are and what you want. This is a relatively quick read, but it is memorable all the same – I read this for the first time a few years ago, and it still stands out as a great book. You should definitely give this a shot!
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