Review

You’ll Never Meet Me

You’ll Never Meet Me

Because You'll Never Meet Me

by Leah Thomas

Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: July 2nd 2015
by Bloomsbury

three-stars

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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.

Review:

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.

three-stars

49 thoughts on “You’ll Never Meet Me

  1. It is hard when a story is so slow in the beginning and you really want nothing more than to walk away from it but oh so rewarding when your perseverance pays off and it turns out to be a wonderful story. So happy this one paid off and you really enjoyed it by the end.

  2. I’m glad you found something to make it worth finishing! I had heard that this book was a bit “unbelievable” which is why I backed away in the first place, but it just sounds so cute. And books about friendship are hard to come by… Great review, Zoe <3

  3. I’ve got this one on my list to read Zoe, and it’s great to hear that you persevered and ended up enjoying it! The characters sound really charming and different, with a lovely friendship. Great review hun!

  4. Friendships? A character allergic of electricity? Well. I’m intrigued! I can imagine how parts of this might be a little slow, but I’m still quite eager to give it a shot!

  5. Loved this review. I find books that begin slow but make your while worth it in the end are particular rewarding. I was a little on the fence about this one, but I am kinda enamored now. Sounds great!

    1. I agree Sierra – it’s like their slowness makes them that much better when they end up being rewarding in the end. 🙂

  6. I did so love the character development! It’s like Moritz matured SO SO MUCH and then Ollie lost a bit of his sunshine, but he was still awesome at the end. :’) Not fussed on the plot, as you know, hehe, but the characters made this book for me. XD

  7. Aww I really want to read this one. It sounds so sweet, and I mean, how often do you get to read books about friendship? It’s rare. Especially male friendship! I want to read it just for that. But thanks for the warning that it starts off slow- especially since it ended up being worth it!! Fabulous review 🙂

    1. Friendship in general is just rare, but male friendship is even rarer. (I guess teenage guys are just too cool for that. Bleh). Thank you!

  8. I was EXACTLY THE SAME. At about 60 pages, I *almost* DNFd this book, but I decided to persevere, and I am so glad I did. I ended up LOVING this book, and the two boys. I loved their relationship the most, because even though they only knew each other through letters, they formed such a beautiful bond.

    Apparently there is a sequel due to come out in a year or so, and I am excited because I want to know where the boys went from the end of this book!

    Lovely review, Zoe ^.^

    1. So glad you felt the same way about it Chiara and that you persevered as well! And OMG I had no idea about the sequel! Thanks for telling me!

  9. I almost want to read this book because I wanna know whether they meet up in the end. I mean it seems impossible that they would from your review and synopsis. BUT STILL. DO THEY? Just kidding don’t tell me that hahaha. But I’m glad you enjoyed this and pulled through. GOOD FOR YOU ZOE. I AM PROUD.

  10. Oohh, Ive been neglecting this book on my tbr for a while now, but your review has definitely bumped it up a few noches! What a seriously unique concept – I’m already wondering what will happen when the two come together. It’s scary to think that something bad will happen, but hopefully it doesn’t! We definitely need more books that feature male friendships. Wonderful review Zoe, I’ve missed you! xx

  11. Aww, this book sounds amazing. I love maturing characters, and their development. And the friendship maturing sounds really cute 🙂 Lovely review, I enjoyed reading it. I MIGHT ACTUALLY GIVE THIS A TRY. <3

    1. If you’re into friendship and character growth, this is definitely up your alley Nirvana! Hope you end up enjoying it. xD

  12. I love friendship books.
    This one sounds really different and unique and I do want to check it out. There’s something heartbreaking in knowing that you’ll never be able to meet someone who you click with and talk to co much. I definitely want to read this now.
    Amazing review!
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages

  13. I have heard there is a science fiction element in this novel which makes me confused since I thought this was contemporary novel.. I love the sound of the premise though & I adore genuine friendships books<3 Wonderful review Zoe.

    1. I can’t elaborate more without spoilers, but, yes, there is a science fiction element at the very end. But the book is mainly contemporary. Thank you!

  14. I’ve been meaning to read this book for quite some time now. It doesn’t really sound like my taste from the synopsis, but I still want to give it a fair chance. I’m glad to hear you stuck through until the end and ended up liking it. 🙂

  15. I really enjoyed this one too Zoe and found it slow to begin as well. But their friendship was just so incredibly lovely, and I love seeing both their lives blooming as a result. I tended to enjoy Ollie’s point of view more so, he just seemed so fragile and loving, just wanting a friend to share his life with. So glad you stuck with it past the beginning and enjoyed it Zoe. Wonderful review! <3

    1. It’s definitely one of those books that ends up being completely worth it even though it’s so slow to start. Glad I wasn’t the only one who felt that way!

  16. I’ve had an ARC of this one for a while. I should definitely read it because I’ve read amazing things about it. Plus the whole “never being able to meet your best friend” thing appeals to me. 🙂

    I’m glad to see that both characters have unique voices. It irks me when I can’t figure out who is narrating, so that bumps this one up a few spots on my TBR.

    Great review, Zoe!

  17. I really enjoyed this too, even though it could be very slow going at times. I just loved watching both characters grow and seeing their friendship grow and change over the course of the book. It went a little weird at the end, but I still thoroughly enjoyed this one.

  18. What? A contemporary about friendship? MALE friendship? Why, it cannot be!

    Those books are so, SO rare in contemporary YA! Much rarer than they should be, to be honest. :/

    But I’m glad to see there’s one out there in the world. I think I’ll like this book – the friendship you describe sounds incredible and I can’t wait to see it blossom between them.

    Fantastic review, Zoe! Loved it! ^.^

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