My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
So I read this book about a week ago and now I feel like I can write this review. All the crazy emotions I got from reading this book have faded so no I can write with a clear head. I just thought that for a book like this it was very important that I do this so that I can get across all of my thoughts on this book.
This was a really good story. Short and simple and very interesting. I loved everything about this book except for that one thing When someone who has lived in a bubble falls in love for the first time you really want to know how that is going to work out. You just want to know how they live, period. Because of this, Madeline became quite interesting all on her own. I read the blurb and I thought..wow..this is something different Madeline suffers from SCID so she has been living in her bubble for 17 years. When a boy moves in next door and they become friends, everything changes for her and soon what used to be good enough for her is no longer enough. She wants more, to experience the world like a normal person and spend time with the boy she loves. She decides to do just that and everything is great until it’s not
I loved how this author made this book short and simple, you can enjoy and finish this book in a day. There were no unnecessary additions in this book. It made the book fast paced and so much more fun. Every detail in this book felt important so I never got bored. I didn’t want to stop reading. Maybe if I hadn’t had other things to do I would have been done with this book in a few hours.
The characters were all good. Everyone was important and there wasn’t that many characters which made more sense because a girl who never leaves the house doesn’t know that many people. At first I thought Olly was really weird, in fact I still think he is a bit weird. I am not an energetic person so if you are always jumping up and down and doing all sorts of weird ninja moves I would probably look at you like you have just grown two heads. It was kinda funny though. Who the hell visits a person’s house for the first time and starts climbing walls without permission.
I have tried to sympathise with Madeline’s mom but I can’t. Many people lose their loved ones everyday and they don’t do anything that crazy. Instead of going for therapy she decided to ruin her daughter’s life ???? what the hell !!
I really liked Madeline, she is really funny. I liked everything she wrote in her books and those spoiler alerts. She is really sweet and didn’t deserve what happened to her, no one does. Her relationship with her mom is definitely amazing, most teenagers won’t even give their parents the time of day. I wanted to scream when she left the house but I guess I’m glad she did.
The illustrations in this book were great too. Really funny and they just made the book more complete. I took my time with all of them because they were one of the best parts of this book. It was even believable that Maddy drew them, they just had that feel to them.
Now the one thing I didn’t like about this book was the plot twist (view spoiler)
I did highlight a lot of things on my e-reader but I’m only going to use a few.
“ He tastes like salted caramel and sunshine. Or what I think salted caramel and sunshine taste like.”
Why anyone would even try to think what sunshine tastes like is beyond me
prom•ise (ˈpräməs) n. pl.-es. 1. The lie you want to keep. [2015, Whittier]
I just really liked this definition.
INVISIBLE MAN BY RALPH ELLISON Spoiler alert: You don’t exist if no one can see you.
this made me feel bad for her.
I really enjoyed this book and I will be looking out for more of Nicola Yoon’s books in the future. I totally recommend this book. Even if you are too lazy to read, this book is really short so reading it won’t be a problem. Now I really want to see the movie.