I won’t say that I didn’t enjoy this book because I did, I just think it could have been better. This book is about a young girl with a rare disease and its kind of like the movie bubble boy that came out in 2001. For me, this book was an incredibly short read and I ended up finishing it in one night. I hadn’t planned to but it was such a fast paced book I didn’t want to put it down till I had finished it.
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 this is a romance novel, but honestly, it felt a little lacking in the cutesy romance department. I won’t lie, I picked this book up mainly because it was a romance and I wanted a cute fluffy contemporary read. This was not that for the most part. I think I would have given this book a full 4 stars if we had gotten a little more fluff at the end.
The main character, Madeline, was a decently developed character that I had no trouble reading about. She is a sweet, loving daughter and she obviously, cares about her mother and Carla. There isn’t much to her character, though, I mean how could there be. She has been living in her house for 18 years without physical contact with the outside world.
I really liked Olly as a character. This book wasn’t all about him falling for some girl in his new neighborhood, he had his own problems. Olly had problems with his dad and that was portrayed pretty decently in the book through Madeline’s perspective. It is obvious as you continue reading that Olly is a good guy who cares about Maddy and I really liked the whole “good neighbor boy” vibe he gave off. Even in his head to toe black clothes.
Spoilers in the last paragraph, read at your own risk !!
This book had the worst rushed ending I could think of. I don’t understand why we got 2 pages of their reunion and that’s it. Like really? I want a little more fluff than that damn it. Then there’s the situation with her mom who has kept Madeline trapped inside her house for 18 years. Madeline wasn’t even sick (wow shocker, totally didn’t think that was going to be a “plot twist”) and her mother was mentally ill after losing her son and husband in a car crash. So I totally get why her mother did it but seriously. Did no one ever question why this girl was locked in the house? It just seemed a little odd that her mom had gotten away with keeping her inside for so long.