Title: Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Author: Leah Thomas
Blurb (GR): In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.
Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.
A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.
- Interesting Plot – This book is about a two boys, Mortiz, and Ollie. Ollie lives in the United States, and is allergic to electricity. Like if he goes near a cell phone, he could have a nose bleed. He lives in the woods with his mother, away from civilization, and anything electric. Mortiz is in Germany and his heart is powered by a pacemaker (electric), and he’s born without eyes. With Ollies “allergy”, and Mortiz pace-maker the two boys could never meet. So they talk through letters. In between the letters, both boys learn to face the world, regardless of their disabilities.
This was such a good book to read, because the way it’s presented (through letters with scenes, and dialogues). It was a unique way to read a book.
- Setting – This was like in Germany/ the U.S. It was really interesting to see dual P.O.V with dual settings.
- Friendship – This was less about romance (like I expected it to be), but it didn’t lay heavy on it. It was a lot about how friendship can happen between anyone, whether you’re an oddball or not. The friendship between Ollie, and Mortiz was sweet, and really heavy. It wasn’t anything light. It has a lot of meaning basically…
- Ending – The ending really made me angry, because I don’t think that’s really possible. It was also out of character for Ollie. How could he just leave his mother like that? How could he just magically do that (by that, I mean a spoiler)? It was just so unrealistic, and it came out of the blue.
Mortiz – I found it much more interesting to read through his P.O.V because he had a really interesting background. I admired his straightforwardness. I found it cool that he could use echolocation to find out where he is. He went through a lot of character development, which I loved. His voice was so different from Ollie’s, which gave him a shape, and a personality. Him, as a character was very well-shaped, and defined
Ollie – Ollie didn’t change A LOT throughout the book. And I’m still kind of pissed, at the ending. Ollie did have a really nice character. He had a vibrant, and colorful soul, and was empathetic. He was such a contrast to Mortiz. His voice was also nice to read through, but I’M STILL PISSED AT THE ENDING.
Okay, the writing was realllly good! The voices of our two MC just contrasted soo much, but made a really good voice. It was one of the best aspects of this book!