Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Summary:Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize; But Moritz would die without his pacemaker.
Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.
I’ll admit I was almost about to put this down at about 33% in because the pacing was just too slow and drawn out for my liking, but for some reason I trudged on and kept reading. And I am so glad for that; because if I had stopped I would have missed what a wonderful book this blossomed in to.
Because You’ll Never Meet Me is unique and captivating novel told in letters between two best friends on opposite sides of the world who will never be able to meet each other. Ollie is allergic to electricity and will seize if he comes in contact with it; but Moritz can’t go a minute without his electric peacemaker or his already weak heart will begin to fumble.
Above all, this is a story of friendship, and a beautiful one at that.
But family is compulsory. Family that does not care is not family. Perhaps friends that do care are something more than family?
Ollie and Moritz are evidently polar opposites in every way possible, but somehow when they come together they manage to completely click and bring out the best in each other. It’s so rare to see a genuine and well-written friendship in YA – let alone between two male teenage protagonists – but Leah Thomas manages to write it with ease and authenticity.
Oliver and Moritz are two completely different people, with two very distinct voices, and Leah Thomas makes that perfectly clear; not only in their actions and speech but simply in the way they write to each other as well. Oliver’s optimism and inquisitiveness translate into long, rambling letters; while Moritz’s skepticism and love of words is reflected in his concise yet eloquent letters.
I do not trust you, Oliver. People like you do not realize what power words can have. Words are impossible to see. Words can be twisted in so many different directions. Some of us need to be more careful with them.
While the start was very slow, the journey is worth it. Watching where Oliver and Moritz end up and seeing how their friendship blossoms is incredible, and completely worth it.
“Cheer up son,” she said gruffly, without looking up at me. “Soon it will be Christmas.”
It was February.