Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Shelves: lol , fantasy , contemporary , unexpectedly-good , somebody-s-sick , sci-fi , young-adult. There is this standout culture that emerged among writers of contemporary YA fiction.
They seem to have boldly neglected the distinction between realism and fantasy and risked mashing up these two genres together successfully creating groundbreaking, diverse novels about characters that have beyond normal medical conditions dealt with the most creative and engaging plot and usually witty, hilarious writing.
A lot of said books are debut novels. This particular novel is written in an enjoyably and adorably smart but genuine correspondence style that is absolutely fascinating and entertaining between two unique characters who have the most unusual medical conditions. Not trying to be mushy but you guys positively changed my life.
I would recommend it to readers who like unique and nerdy reads like me. View all 44 comments. Jan 16, Nanna rated it it was amazing. I hardly think I can give this book enough praise to make people read it but here I go: 5 stars! I received this book for free but that does NOT impair my judgement of it. I adore this book. I found it to be one of the most underrated YA contemporaries released in !
I had never heard of it until it showed up in my mailbox. I think what made me love the book more was that I read i it's so hard writing a review for this book, not because I don't know how to rate it but because I feel inadequate! I think what made me love the book more was that I read it with my Australian friend, Tanaya! Like the MC we have a long distance friendship! Mo was dark and gloomy and very very condescending lmao I loved his replies to Ollie and just made want to keep reading the book.
View 1 comment. Jun 03, Emery Lord added it. I remembered my Goodreads password just to post this because it's too long for a tweet! Haha : I just wanted to say about this book: it has surrealist elements, yes, but it also- with perfect realism- captures how it feels to be lonely, to feel like an outsider. And, conversely, how it feels to connect. That connecting doesn't mean those friendships are perfect.
Sometimes you overstep; sometimes you hold those friendships a bit too tightly. Anyway, I think the fabulist elements support the magic I remembered my Goodreads password just to post this because it's too long for a tweet!
Anyway, I think the fabulist elements support the magic OF realism- the magic of finding your friends- in the best possible way. Aug 15, Larry H rated it really liked it. I'd rate this 4. There are times I think that there are no original stories left out there, that nearly every book is a variation on a familiar theme or a retelling of something that has already been published.
Endearing, moving, unique and tremendously engaging, I'm so glad I stumbled on this story and these wonderful characters. Oliver is a teenage boy living with h I'd rate this 4. Oliver is a teenage boy living with his mother in an isolated cabin in the woods.
He's deathly allergic to electricity—even the simple act of handling a cellphone or a small flashlight is enough to cause life-threatening seizures. He cannot go to school, and he must live without all of the typical paraphernalia teenagers use—iPods, television, the internet, even electricity. The only people he sees on a regular basis are his mother and his doctor, but he is desperate to know what life is like in the world around him, and he wants to understand who his father was.
In an effort to help Oliver cope and combat his loneliness in a fashion , his doctor encourages him to write letters to Moritz, a German teenager. Moritz's heart requires a pacemaker to keep it beating, and that's not his only disability.
But while the two boys develop a close friendship, they can never meet, since the electricity needed to run Moritz's pacemaker could kill Oliver, and Oliver's electromagnetism could short-circuit Moritz's pacemaker. This book is told solely in letters between the two, slowly unfurling what life has been like for these two boys who are so different from others their age.
The letters uplift, amuse, and inspire the boys, as well as anger, hurt, upset, and confuse them. Both experience periods of desperate despair that the other tries to help combat, as each tries to understand the problems the other faces. And as Moritz begins to reveal secrets about another connection the two share despite living on different continents, Oliver must decide whether to continue to accept his life as it is, or try and challenge it, despite the potential complications.
While obviously there's a little of the farfetched here, particularly in the boys' ailments and disabilities, it doesn't detract from this book at all.
I found the characters, particularly Oliver, Moritz, and his classmates, Fieke and Owen, so well-drawn and memorable. While some of the plot is predictable, and at times I feared that Thomas was going to take the story down a path I was dreading, she also threw in some surprises that made me smile. And yes, for those of you who know what a sap I am, I may have teared up once or twice You never know when a person will walk into your life and change it for the better.
And even if they don't physically walk in, Because You'll Never Meet Me is a terrific example of the power of friendship, the sacrifices we make for love, and that facing our fears can sometimes be the most difficult but rewarding thing we do. This book made my heart happy. I just couldn't get into it but I decided to power through and try harder and look at us now I'm going to admit that I only read like half the synopsis before starting this. I knew it was about a boy who was allergic to electricity and a boy born without eyes but I didn't read the part about the lab.
Silly me! I thought it was going down a completely different road to be honest. A road with mental illness and less a road about scientists messing around in a lab. I'm glad it took the latter road though, it was quite different. I loved the main characters. They also grew so much as characters from start to finish so the character development was wonderful. It was so lovely to see them win a victory whether it was a small victory or a massive victory.
It really felt like we were along with them on their journey. The other characters were okay. I didn't really like Liz or Ollie's mom. I also didn't understand why Ollie's mom acted the way she did. The story was good. Both characters were very interesting and they had very interesting lives so once I got into the story, it was very entertaining.
What I liked most about this book was the fact that it's about friendship. The pacing of the story was good right up until the end. I felt like things ended too abruptly for my liking but I'm glad there's going to be a sequel. Maybe the sequel can answer more questions and finish the story in a less abrupt way. I loved the letter format and I really enjoyed reading the letters.
The writing was also really good. It was easy to read, it was different depending on which POV you were reading and it did actually sound like a teenagers POV. View 2 comments. Dec 09, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: ya , fiction.
If my friend didn't push me to read this book, and in push me I mean constantly telling me how amazing Because you'll never meet me is and how much I need to read it, I wouldn't have picked it up. And now that I did, I'm surprised it didn't get more attention back in I'm disappointed I haven't heard of it before because the story was great and I did not think I would like it. One is suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity since bir If my friend didn't push me to read this book, and in push me I mean constantly telling me how amazing Because you'll never meet me is and how much I need to read it, I wouldn't have picked it up.
View all 12 comments. I initially requested this on NetGalley because of the positive reviews, including those of bloggers I'm friends with. The premise certainly sounded interesting -- two boys who could never meet become friends through good old-fashioned letter-writing.
One boy is allergic to electricity, while the other boy has a pacemaker and no eyes. One boy is talkative and optimistic while the other one is gloomy and cynical. Each one teaches the other some valuable lessons. While the idea was really nice, it I initially requested this on NetGalley because of the positive reviews, including those of bloggers I'm friends with.
While the idea was really nice, it never really hooked me and I considered DNFing it at several points. I didn't find the letters that entertaining or especially funny or interesting. The boys and their stories didn't resonate with me. And then came the ending, which felt too much like X-Men for a story which had seemed like a contemporary up until then.
I wouldn't say it's a bad book, but it didn't give me the beautiful story I was expecting. It just wasn't for me. Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a copy May 16, Dahlia rated it really liked it Shelves: quiltbag-ya , bloomsbury.
This book is so different, so smart, so well crafted Dual-POV where both characters are the same gender is hard, but Thomas did an excellent job creating two incredibly different, strong narratives that complement each other in a fabulous way.
Friendship books are so rare in YA, but friendship books between boys are among the rarest rarest rarest of all, and this book was just so necessary. Highly recommend for people who loved the quirky literary quality of Mosquitolan This book is so different, so smart, so well crafted Highly recommend for people who loved the quirky literary quality of Mosquitoland , especially if you're compelled by the premise of Everything, Everything.
Aug 31, Snotchocheez rated it liked it. I admire most any attempt to flip a genre upon its head to conceive something new and different. The only problem with Leah Thomas' epistolary mope-fest Because You'll Never Meet Me , which in retrospect certainly qualifies as a genre-blaster, was that I didn't realize what Ms.
By that time I was so utterly annoyed by the two mewling pen pals with bizarre handicaps only YA fiction writers could possibly dream up that I coul I admire most any attempt to flip a genre upon its head to conceive something new and different. By that time I was so utterly annoyed by the two mewling pen pals with bizarre handicaps only YA fiction writers could possibly dream up that I could not fully appreciate the originality lurking under Oliver's and Moritz's surface maladies.
Still worth a read, if you don't mind cringing through the first half. I loved this book so much that it almost hurts! It was so beautiful and I fell completely in love with it from the very first page. I'm always a sucker for anything written in letter form so when I saw the whole book was written that way, I was an instant goner.
And the subject matter was just so captivating, the more I found out, the more I was sucked in! I really grew to love Moritz and Ollie, they were each so different but complemented each other so well and seeing their stories unfold in th I loved this book so much that it almost hurts!
I really grew to love Moritz and Ollie, they were each so different but complemented each other so well and seeing their stories unfold in their letters to each other was incredibly touching and moving!
And then the ending just made me into a total mess, it was so perfect and beautiful and I'm incredibly excited to find out a sequel has been released because I absolutely want more! That was super strange, but I liked it! A lot. A lot more than you would expect for a contemporary read. This story starts off with Ollie. He is 14 years old, lives with his mother in a cabin in the middle of the forest, and is allergic to electricity.
Boy oh boy would being allergic to electricity suc That was super strange, but I liked it! Boy oh boy would being allergic to electricity suck major balls. Think about it. How reliant you are on electricity. How often you come into contact with electricity every single day. Light bulbs, television, cars, phones, everything.
Then you have Moritz. He is a socially inept 16 year old, lives with his adoptive father, and has a pacemaker. He was born without eyes. Oh no, think bats, think Daredevil. Because of this pesky pacemaker that keeps Moritz alive and the fact that he lives in Germany while Ollie lives in the US , if he and Ollie were to ever meet, Ollie would probably i.
But what a way to go right? And so begins their correspondence. Ollie with his unfailing optimism and needling. Moritz with his brooding and brusqueness. The two boys had such distinct voices, it was wonderful. The world that she has created for these characters especially Ollie is just so captivating and real. Jan 10, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: emotional-read , made-me-cry , humor , reviewed , fantasy , reads , contemporary , lgbt.
This is a very strange book. From reading the blurb,it seemed like a cute story of two friends who can't meet each other,but I didn't thought it would be so different and unique. I couldn't believe half of the things I was reading,it's like I couldn't tell if it's was real or not. The whole plot is created very smartly-you don't come across books like these very often.
The story is very engaging,the characters are well written and memorable. This is a story of Ollie and Moritz. Ollie is allergic This is a very strange book.
Ollie is allergic to electricity,he lives with his mom in the woods where there is no electricity. A cellphone or even a small battery causes him seizures so it is impossible for him to go to school or any other place.
There are only two people he sees on a regular basis:his mom and his doctor. Moritz has a pacemaker and doesn't have eyes,there is skin where the person's eyes would be. But he is also not blind,he can see through his ears,sort of like a bat. So it's impossible for them to ever meet. They both lives in different parts of world,and even though they haven't met ,they know almost everything about each other.
The book is written in form of letters through which Ollie and Moritz communicate with each other. I really loved this way of writing. There are also scenes and dialogues in the letters so it doesn't feel like you are just reading some story. It's a moving and heartbreaking story about friendship,love,and family.
And even though Ollie is very optimist and funny most of the times,his story also has a dark side. This book would have been perfect if it wasn't for the ending. That was something which didn't make sense hide spoiler ] Ollie and Moritz changed each other's life just by communicating through letters,it's almost like internet where people becomes friends with each other without knowing them in real life.
I loved this book,and would definitely recommend it if you are looking a different and unique story. View all 13 comments. May 25, Sophie rated it did not like it Shelves: releases , read-in , arcs-read , did-not-finish , 1-star. This in no way affected my review. The more I think about it, the more I lose interest in reading this.
I'd previously heard really good things about this book, and I so wanted to love it as much as others had. However, this was not the case.
I couldn't connect with either Ollie or Moritz. I understood that they both struggled a lot with their medical conditions, conditions I was really interested in, but other than that, there was nothing there.
So far all Ollie had done was whine about a girl called Liz, who honestly, seemed 'blah'. I reckon Ollie was only infatuated with her because she was the only other girl he'd seen other than his mother, and that is no basis for a 'relationship'. Ollie's allergy to electricity was something wholly new for me, and if I had forced myself to continue, I would only have been reading Ollie's chapters for this.
Out of the two boys, I would say Moritz is the more interesting. His medical condition s were being born with no eyes, having to rely on echolocation to 'see', and heart failure leading to a permanent pace maker. Because of this, he'd never be allowed to meet Ollie, or else he'd harm or likely kill him. Moritz's letters had more substance to them, and didn't revolve around one girl - a plus when compared to Ollie.
Another problem I had was that fact that this both was structured in letter form, between Ollie and Moritz. By not being able to connect with either voice, and being wholly uninterested in a person's chapters, I honestly could see no other way I could push through with the book. Quite frankly, I'm really disappointed, as I'd been really excited to start reading this, and was let down so much. Maybe other people would have a better chance with this book, and please don't rely on just my opinion, yours may be completely different.
View all 3 comments. Dec 13, BookLover rated it really liked it Shelves: tpl , ya , author-first-reads , reviews. What an unexpectedly dark and moving story this was. I have no words. Jul 06, Kat Kennedy rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi-alicious , to-ya-or-not-to-ya , contemporary-fiction , kat-s-book-reviews.
Read it. And I would have been missing out. If they did meet, Ollie would seize, but turning off the pacemaker would kill Moritz. Through an exchange of letters, the two boys develop a strong bond of friendship which becomes a lifeline during dark times—until Moritz reveals that he holds the key to their shared, sinister past, and has been keeping it from Ollie all along.
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