This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
"I've read many more books than you."
"Maybe we can't predict everything, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly."
"I am OK, but, like Alice, I'm just trying not to get lost."
"as•ymp•tote n. pl. -s. 1. A wish that continually approaches but never achieves fulfillment. [2015, Whittier]"
Labels: 3.5 Stars, ARC Review, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult