Author:Â Nicola Yoon
Format:Â Paperback, 320 Pages
Publishing Information:Â 9/1/15 byÂ Delacourte Books
Source:Â received free ARC at TLA
Nicola Yoon’s first novel tells the story of a girl who is literally allergic to the outside world. Maddy has a rare disease, SCID or Bubble Boy disease. It means that her immune system doesn’t work the way it should and any small germ can make her seriously ill. A new family moves in next door and Maddy’s entire world changes. She begins a complicated and often wordless friendship with Olly, the boy next door. This book has Â diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
I loved this book and I can’t say enough good things about it. It sucked me in right from the beginning. I actually read it all in one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know what happened next.
I found the characters to be both likable and believable. When the book opens, Maddy is happy with her life. Its all she’s ever known. She wakes up, chats with her private nurse while doing homework, has her vitals checked every hour like clockwork and never thinks to complain. Then when her mother gets home from work they have dinner together and play a board game before going to bed. Maddy has her mother, her nurse, and her books. Every day in Maddy’s world is exactly the same, until Olly moves in next door.
Maddy and Olly’s relationship was so sweet. It developed slowly over time because at first they couldn’t even talk to each other. I love books that incorporate other formats and this one was no different. It uses email messages, charts, graphs and drawings to enhance the story. Every picture drawn by Maddy and email from Olly makes this story come alive and gives it a much more personal feel. Instead of reading a book, it gives you the feeling that you have a glimpse into Maddy’s personal journal.
This book doesn’t come out until September, but I highly recommend it! Its a great read.