By Nicola Yoon
5 out of 5 stars
I am on a roll! The past two books I have read have been some of best books I’ve read this year.
Madeline has a rare disease, think the bubble boy, and has spent her life encased in her home with her mother and nurse. When Olly moves next door, her interest is piqued and she watches his family. Olly and his sister bring over a bundt cake but aren’t allowed in and this piques Olly’s curiosity. He begins a series of pantomimed deaths with the unbreakable bundt cake that Maddy watches through the window. A friendship is struck and they start emailing and chatting with each other. Maddy invites him over and her nurse lets him in, following protocol, but things go further for the two of them. Their romance starts off a chain of events that changes everyone in the story.
Oh the joy and heartbreak of young love. You may think this is one of those “sick girl meets boy and falls in love then sadness” books but it is so much more than that. The ending threw me for a loop! And I think that was the icing on a very delicious cake. The story is told in Maddy’s voice but also with emails, pictures, short book reports. Very cleverly, I might add. I loved how The Little Prince was incorporated into the story. I just loved this book period!
I happily received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.