by Nicola Yoon (Author), David Yoon
September 1st 2015
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Young Adult / Contemporary / Romance
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.
Rating: D – Disliked
This is another unpopular opinion, folks.
What I Liked
POC lead. Putting a POC as the main character is always a huge yes for me. Always.
What I Didn’t Like
The romance. Oh for the love of the young teenage romance. Maddy and Olly are a little bit too cheesy for my liking.
The illustrations. I have nothing against illustrations on books. In fact, I love them cute little doodles. Maybe, I just don’t like the artist’s particular style on this one.
The driving plot. The overall plot is absurd and sloppy. There were details that were disregarded making things somewhat inaccurate. You’ll know that if you actually know something about SCID or basic immunology. Sometimes, it’s just so easy to spot how much little knowledge about the whole topic the author has and yes Nicola Yoon, I’m talking about you specifically. On that note, I just hope that authors would stop trivializing a disease by just using it as a plot device.
The plot twist. Plot holes turned plot twists *shaking my head*.
The happily ever after. I don’t want to spoil at all but I just hated that things ended so perfectly. It just made the ending a little underwhelming and predictable at the same time.
Final thoughts: I should have skipped the book and waited for the movie instead.