By Nicola Yoon
I read this book because my cousin told me the movie was coming out, and it was in my virtual bookshelf anyway. I actually read the plot of the movie months ago, so I spoiled it for myself. But if you haven’t read that, it’s a pretty cool plot. The book is about 18-year-old Madeline Whittier, who’s very ill and can only be in her house with her mother and nurse, Carla. Her father and brother died in an accident a long time ago. A family moves in next door, and Maddy becomes friends with the boy, Olly, and they begin messaging online. They fall in loooove.
It’s written from her point of view, which is quite interesting, because we see her coming to her decisions, and making her mistakes, in real time; we also see her slowly uncovering different truths as she does – about Olly and his family, and her own. I mean, it’s about this young, stupid couple. They fall in love and she risks everything for him, essentially. I get it, she’s stuck in a house 24/7 with no company and this is the first person she’s ever spoken to – I might fall in love with anyone in that context. It’s still a bit silly, though, because I came off feeling like it was a bit Stockholm Syndrome-y (not that he was her captor, that would be her mom, but you know, first boy and all). But they’re cute enough. The relationship she has with her mom and nurse are a bit more interesting.
The writing’s decent.
Haha, to be honest, this book – especially because I knew how it would end – was just a bit underwhelming. But I feel like if I hadn’t, it might have been a completely different experience! So if you happen to pick it up, tell me what you thought.