Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Madeline Whittier has a rare disease - she's allergic to the world. That means no school, no friends, and nothing from the outside world. The only two people she has in her life are her mother and her nurse, Carla.
One day, a moving truck arrives at the house next door. Suddenly, there's a new family, and with them comes Olly, the beautiful boy who catches Madeline's attention.
No one can predict the future, but Madeline is sure of two things - she's going to fall in love with Olly and it's going to be a disaster.
This is one of those books that I knew I would love even before I read it, and I was right. It lived up to the hype exactly like I expected and absolutely every moment of reading this was great.
I felt drawn to the plot really quickly, which isn't something that happens very often with contemporary novels. Usually, it takes awhile for me to becomes invested in romance or contemporary, but this captured my attention almost immediately. Even better, this book kept my attention the entire time I was reading it. I found it easy to get back into the story even after I put it down for a few hours, which is something I occasionally struggle with.
Some people may say that this is another case of insta-love, but considering the circumstances, it does make sense. I actually found that this is one of the few times I rooted for the insta-love and enjoyed it. The love story was not only quite believable and realistic (real enough for a contemporary and characters in their circumstances), but also really sweet to read. I enjoyed it so much and couldn't get enough of it. I spent most of my time grinning like an idiot in public and feeling my heart flutter like it hasn't in ages. I don't think I've been this invested in a love story in awhile.
As the book was getting closer and closer to the end, I began wondering what it was that could've possibly made so many people cry. And then the thing happened and I had tears in my eyes. I think I would've actually cried quite a bit if it wasn't for the fact that I was in the middle of texting a friend at the same time. Do I regret multitasking at that point in the book? Not really, because I can always re-read the book and cry then. But really, the feels in this book are strong.
I really liked both Madeline and Olly. There was something about both of them that felt very realistic and normal. They way they interacted with each other made them feel like real people that I could actually get to know. Reading about them was so much fun and makes me wish that I could read more about them.
In general, I enjoyed the cast of characters and reading about how they all interacted with each other. They all had such distinctive personalities, it made reading the book so much more fun and interesting. I spent half the book wishing it was longer just so I could see more of these characters.
5 stars. Highly recommended. I really enjoyed my reading experience and I think that it's one of those books you should read because it's just so different from anything else out there.
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