DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
September 1st, 2015
Madeline is a bright young teenager who happens to be diagnosed with SCID, a rare, severe, immunocompromising illness that makes her fatally allergic to about everything. Because of this, her mother keeps her indoors at all times. She is 18 and has been trapped in her house for her entire life. Essentially, as she describes it, she has the "bubble boy" disease. Spending her days readings and online, she is content and has accepted her fate. That is, until new neighbors move it. She just happens to catch the eye of their teenage son, Olly.
Communicating via e-mail and IM, they form a friendship that blossoms into something so much more. She learns of Olly's troubled family life, and she tells him about her condition. Her nurse, Carla, sees what is forming between the two and encourages it. It is only when they begin to fall in love that she begins wanting more from life.
This book is as close to perfect as they come. Beautifully written with fun illustrations and IM conversations throughout, this book had me constantly wanting more. Very rarely do I finish a book and get upset that there is no more; however, that was certainly the case here. I don't particularly want to give too much away but this book was everything I could have asked for and more. For a YA novel, it grabs the reader and doesn't let go, ending with an amazing, incredible, BAM! of an ending that rivals any other ending ever.
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