In an acclaimed literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.
Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie has a life-threatening allergy to electricity, and Moritz's weak heart requires a pacemaker. If they ever did meet, they could both die. Living as recluses from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark timesas Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, sinister past that began years ago in a mysterious German laboratory, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected.
Narrated in letter form by Ollie and Moritztwo extraordinary new voicesthis story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances blends elements of science fiction with coming of age themes, in a humorous, dark, and ultimately inspiring tale that is completely unforgettable.
A William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist
A Carnegie Award nominee
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Leah Thomas frequently loses battles of wits against her students and her stories. When she's not huddled in cafes, she's usually at home pricking her fingers in service of cosplay. Leah lives in San Diego, California and is the author of When Light Left Us, Nowhere Near You, and the William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist, Because You'll Never Meet Me.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I wanted to read Because You'll Never Meet Me because I like books about teens dealing with tough issues, and both of their medical issues definitely got my attention. I haven't really heard of being allergic to electricity, and of course the one with the heart that is kept beating by an electric pacemaker would be the one to connect the deepest. I didn't realize when I added to wish list or when I received it that it was written in letter format. I normally shy away from non-traditional formats, but I am so glad that I gave it a try. At first, I didn't like it, but I was so intrigued by the characters that I kept reading, and soon I didn't notice a whole lot the format, but rather their voices. This is a book about friendship and I loved that. The publicist in the beginning of the advanced copy mentions bromance and it really does fit this so well, even though the term is used a lot. Ollie and Moritz are so different, Ollie is talkative and outgoing and he hides his pain while Moritz is pessimistic, and he hides from bullies. They are both extraordinarily smart, and their handicaps have limited them in some ways, but made them stronger in others. Ollie is pretty isolated since he can't be around electricity, he and his mom live out in the woods, and his doctor makes house calls. The only person he sees his age is Liz, a girl who used to visit, and since she is now busy and not visiting much, he acutely feels her absence. Moritz uses his senses, sort of like how bats see since he doesn't have eyes, to help him get around. And that has made him stick out a lot in his school. No one understands, but he does have a few bullies. He ends up using a cane for blind people because the school insists with his disability. Ollie and Moritz teach each other a lot. They both are missing out on things that normal teens take for granted, but they both have things that are enhanced because of it, and the other really helps them to appreciate it. Ollie does have a conspiracy theory, that they were experimented on in a lab, and that he and electricity are repulsed rather than him being allergic. I couldn't tell how much of this was bordering on magical realism, or just a kid with too much time on his hands and a huge imagination. Oh, I loved the secondary characters of Fieke and Owen. Owen's story caught me by surprise and I have no idea why. He fits right in with Ollie and Moritz and I wish somehow Ollie could come and actually be in person with the new people in Moritz life, because they would make an awesome group. The story did begin to go in a way that was more scifi than anything else, and I missed the origins of the characters without that element. But I did like the growth in the characters and them facing their fears, and figuring out how life is going to work for them. Posted on: Brandi Breathes Books Blog Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy) for free. I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free. Bottom Line: Worthwhile read.
This is such a special book and deserves way more attention than it got!
I couldnt stop reading it! Always supplying plot twists!
This book was extreamly interesting and would recommend to readers of all ages!
Wow. Guys, I loved this one. It was amazing. It was a wholly unique plot, which drew me in from the beginning. It was told with such a unique and strong voice that it's almost hard to believe that this is a debut. This story is told in letters, which makes it all the more interesting. We follow two boys who live across the ocean from each other. Ollie lives in a cabin in the woods with just his mother, because he is allergic to electricity. He's missed out on all the normal childhood experiences. Moritz, while not a hermit, also has some...interesting issues that keep him from people. While he still has to go to school, he keeps to himself in hopes that people will not find out what is actually wrong with him. On top of that, his pacemaker means he and Ollie can never actually meet. I love that this was a guy friendship book. I feel as if there's not nearly enough of those out there, and I really loved this bromance between the two. Thomas also managed to keep their voices distinct, which is a hard thing to do, especially in letter form. But she built up both the characters complexly, separately. Ollie is fun, quirky. Only having known a handful of people in his life, he doesn't adhere to normal social rules. I thought he was hilarious, although his super-happy outlook on life is often hiding his loneliness and despair. Ollie decides to write Moritz his autobiography of sorts, leading up to whatever happened with his friend, Liz. Moritz is a bit darker, closed in, he has a very cynical and angry outlook on life. I loved these characters, and I thought they were written very well. Both we complex and interesting and different. But slowly, the boys begin opening up to each other, and become best friends. They help each other through dark times. Moritz is dealing with some serious bullying at school, and Ollie is spiraling deeper into despair over what happened with Liz. Both boys have some heavy baggage, and we slowly get to see it unfold. We get past rememberings with present happenings, and it all comes together to make one beautiful, complex story. At the end, things come to light that take a turn from contemporary. Some people have said that it takes more of a Sci-Fi turn. I loved it. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it added an air of intrigue. I'm not sure that I would call it Sci-Fi, but just maybe not so realistic. I loved this book so much, and I'm not sure I was quite ready to say goodbye to Ollie and Moritz.