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.
At the start of this book we meet a girl who has spent her whole life in her house. She has a disease that doesn’t allow her to leave her medically sealed house. She spends her days eating plain food, wearing only white and seeing only a nurse and her mom. Sounds like a life that needs a bit of spicing up.
I felt like I really connected with Maddy in this story because of how she has to live her life. I often feel that I would sit at home in a bubble if no one made me get out. I am an introvert so it was nice to see Maddy have to deal with similar issues. She loves to read and have adventures that she is allowed to have inside her own home. I loved watching her blossom in this book to become the girl she is by the end. She has to accept that she has lived a half life and that she has to take some risks here and there in order to experience life. What is the point in living if you only ever see the white walls of your own home. There has to be a world out there to explore and people to interact with.
I really enjoyed that Maddy met Olly in this story and that he was kind, smart, and yet a bit of her opposite. He cares for her and that is easy to see but he also wants what is best for her. Their attraction at times can be a bit instalove, especially near the middle to end of the book but I liked them together. Olly opened Maddy up to a world of possibility and also a world where people get hurt and have dysfunction.
Overall, this is a story about finding out what life has to offer and finding someone to break you out of your shell. I sometimes feel like I would only ever sit at home after work if I didn’t have my more outgoing husband to take me out into that big world and experience it. I liked the overall theme of this novel about having to break out and be a teenager, you only get to do that once, so enjoy it.