This book is a unique take on a YA romance, and I also just absolutely love the cover. The story of Maddy, a teenager born with SCID, a rare disorder that makes her allergic to the world, and Olly, who moves in next door and has family problems of his own to deal with. Their story unfolds slowly, but in a believable way, given the circumstances. Both characters are well developed, with some surprises about each along the way. Secondary characters in Maddy’s life are more well-developed than in Olly’s life, but that’s to be expected given that she’s the main character.
I really loved how the text, from Maddy’s point of view, was interspersed with illustrations, journal entries, IM transcripts, and emails. Maddy’s voice was also really authentic and her character development was key to the story. She had a very realistic arc, especially given the circumstances of her life up until now. As an added bonus, the book includes several characters of color, including Maddy herself, which is great because more diversity is always needed in literature.
Overall, a quick and interesting read. Without giving too much away in the story, I think it was a little predictable for me, when it was likely not intended to be predictable. Regardless, the story was sweet and a great read-a-thon pick for a quick read. On a side note, the movie version has recently been cast, and I can’t wait!
Recommend: Yes, particularly for YA romance lovers and/or The Fault in Our Stars fans
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars