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Review: Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Goodreads summary:
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.

Note: I received a copy via NetGalley to review. This review is my honest opinion.

Ollie is secluded from civilization because he's allergic to electricity. Across the world in Germany, Moritz is a boy born without eyes and relies on a pacemaker to help his heart function. These two boys form a friendship through exchanging letters and discover they're more connected than they know.

The bulk of the book communicated that the book was a contemporary read with the issues of bullying and self-worth. The exception being that I had to suspend my belief in regards to Moritz' ability to 'see' and describe peoples' body language through echolocation. The last quarter delved into science fiction territory and I felt like I was thrown into a totally different story. It was loosely connected with how secretive Moritz was being in his letters and made a jarring plot twist.

The middle of the book suffered because it was quite dull and uneventful. Unfortunately, I'm afraid I didn't connect with the characters and found their babble provided little furtherance in plot and the correspondence did feel a little pretentious at times.

Because You'll Never Meet Me was a unique and different read but I can't say I enjoyed it.