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BOOK REVIEW: Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Because You’ll Never Meet Me
by Leah Thomas
Bloomsbury Australia

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.

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This book was strange…….

also really sweet……..

kind of heart-breaking……..

quite innocent……

but weird.

Plus, I’m still really confused with the ending.
But let’s get to that later.

This novel was told completely in letter format between two young boys with strange abilities which hindered them from becoming completely assimilated into society. Ollie was this naive, upbeat optimist who was allergic to electricity and his story was adorable and innocent. On the other hand, Moritz was a moody, almost-emo kid who was born with no eyes and this crazy talent to echo locate. PRETTY AMAZING, HUH?! But they could never meet because of the pacemaker in Moritz’s heart and if they ever met, well, that wouldn’t be good for Ollie.

Ollies story mainly revolved with his romantic problems and issues with being unable to connect with the outside society and its technological wonder. Moritz (GERMAN, HOW COOL?!) was more about how to connect with people.

Their relationship was enjoyable to read. Their correspondences grew from light and suspicious to something much more emotional and deeper. It was funny to see two recluses connect with each other in a very normal way.You’d think that they were socially awkward but Ollie especially was completely the opposite. He was eternally extroverted with his bluntness and curiosity. Even Moritz was more questioning than socially inept.

The writing was fabulous. It reflected each character beautifully. Especially as it is written in letter format, the language and syntax is unique to the character and there was never a moment where I was confused about which character’s POV, I was reading from.

But on the other side, this book was really difficult to be engulfed by. Sure, I was interested in each character but I felt too much of an outsider and bystander just watching these characters interact. I’m pretty sure that’s because of the letter format. But this book did start off average, escalated into something very unique due to the characters but then went downhill towards the near end.

Wait, so how did Ollie suddenly become able to withstand electricity? Wait, his mum died?! Wait, so now he can drive in cars and go on aeroplanes?! WAIT, HOW?!

Just needed to get that out there.

So generally, a heartwarming novel with fabulously unique characters. No doubt, you will become quite attached to them.



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