Actual Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
This book follows Madeline Whittier and her rare disease that it’s a form of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. Madeline is basically allergic to the world so she doesn’t leave her house… never. Her mother takes care of her along with Carla, her nurse. One day, a family move next door and suddenly she looks out her window and see him staring right back at her… his name is Olly. They fall in love and now she wants to explore the world and live her life, but that will be a completely disaster.
“Wanting just leads to more wanting. There’s no end to desire.”
I finished this book in one sitting. Such a fun and quick read. I really liked this book and the story. It was happy, sad, funny and romantic… all at the same time. I love the balance between the serious and funny stuff. Maddy loves books and Olly loves Math. Their relationship was so cute and well done. Maddy was so brave because living under such a terrifying condition would be so freaking hard, but she did it… until she discovered the freaking truth about her life. Her life was a lie. But you know, having Carla by her side helped her a lot to endure those terrible news she discovered thanks to a doctor in Hawaii. Discovering that your whole life was a lie, that you lost all those years, that you don’t have any friends… it’s a LOT, OKAY, A LOT!!
“Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.”
I really enjoyed how Nicola added mental illness in this story. Maddy’s father and brother died, and her mother didn’t recover from that tragedy. I know that her mother did all that stuff to protect her daughter, but man… that was too much. She stole Maddy’s life… experiences, friends, boyfriends, and so much more. We need to live our lives even though we make bad decisions… so nobody, not even your family has the right take control of your own life. Why I enjoyed the mental illness in this story? Well, because it let us all know that mental illness isn’t a joke, and the people who are mentally ill are capable of doing anything.
The development of the story was predictable, but still good. Overall, this book was so much fun and amusing. If you’re looking for a quick read, I recommend this.