This book was a sweet story about a girl named Madeline, who is confined to her home, like “the bubble boy” story from the 70’s. She has severe allergies and has not left her home in the 17 years she’s been alive. There’s a bit of innocence to this character, as she begins to have desires to explore her surroundings. Her new interest in the world outside of her home is sparked by the attractive new neighbor next door, Oliver. Madeline and Oliver’s attraction to one another blossoms into more, as they secretly interact with each other, being careful not to let her mom find out.
The author, Nicola Yoon, did a great job sucking the readers in to Maddy’s journey in discovering herself and falling in love. There is a huge twist in this book, that I actually enjoyed. I think the twist was just enough spice to shake up this extra sweet love story.
I was initially excited to purchase this book because of the diversity of the characters, Madeline being African-American-Asian descent. Its hard to find Young Adult books, with AA characters that are not in urban areas, which made this book refreshing and a great find for suburban area teens.
This book is also coming to theaters, May 19th, and the buzz around it has been great. I hope that both the book and movie are successful and that Ms. Yoon continues to bring us great stories with multicultural characters.
Here’s the link to the trailer for the upcoming movie:
Warning: This book is marketed as a Young Adult book and in my opinion, it should be regarded as one due to the very detailed intimacy scenes towards the end of the book. Young Adult books are often marketed to middle school students, who can be as young as 12. Use your own judgment, when considering this title for middle school students.