BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER MEET ME by Leah Thomas – a book review

There are truths you can only tell a stranger, and this friendship is the strangest.

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet, because if they ever did, one of them would certainly die. As recluses from society, they develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline. 

But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, distrubing past in a mysterious German laboratory, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected.

This is a story of impossiple friendship and hope from a brilliant new writer.

(Disclaimer – synopsis from the book)

The book – “Because you’ll never meet me” – is a great contemporary book, and a book that I highly recommend.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me is a book about two teenage boys from completely different parts of the world.They are Oliver Paulot and Moritz Farber, this is the story about their friendship and how their pasts are connected – how they are connected in general, really.

Oliver is a 14-year-old who is allergic to electricity, they are polar opposites that repels each other every time they are in close proximity of each other. Hence, he grew up as a hermit – away from modern society, living in the woods in Michigan. While Moritz is a 16-year-old eyeless boy, but he is not blind as he is able to see everything through echolocation, who also has a weak heart and has to rely on a pacemaker in order for his left ventricle to pump out blood around his body, and he is living with his father in a city in Germany. We learn of their stories through their correspondence in forms of letters to each other. It’s heartbreaking watching these two characters get closer to each other and become each other’s lifeline when they cannot ever meet in person due to Ollie’s allergy and a meeting with Moritz may lead to one of his reactions (seizures).

The story focuses on how the  boys form a friendship, and they became best friends – and each others’ confidants about their problems and worries. Ollie becomes reliant on Moritz’s existence and correspondence in order for him to come to terms with what is happening in his life, and what has happened during that time in the deer blinds, and vice versa. Initally Moritz shows signs of not wanting to be pen-pals with Ollie, but this has changed and you can see as the story progresses how he is happy to have someone to talk to about his bully and the hardships of being eyeless – of being different from the rest of the teenagers in his school. They are each others’ kickstand, a shoulder to cry on. And finally, about their past, and how they are connected to each other – the laboratory (which Ollie believes to be what connected them – and he is absolutely right) and Dr Auburn-Stache.

This books has made me feel all sorts of emotions, and parts where it pulled on my heart strings so hard I cried. This book has such a wonderful story within it. One thing I liked about this book is that it is both humorous  and serious at the same time – thanks to Ollie’s bluntness and lack of tact, while Moritz is more of the serious character.

I’m glad that I bought this book, and I’m glad that I can read it, and now share it to everyone as well. It has been a great read (although this may be a little bias because I do really like the book), and I look forward to reading any book the author is to release in the future.

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