Friday, 17 February 2017

Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas - review

Publisher: Bloomsbury children's books (22nd February 2017)

Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters carry on as Ollie embarks on his first road trip away from the woods--no easy feat for a boy allergic to electricity--and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy who prefers to be alone. 

Along the way they meet other teens like them, other products of strange science who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible: a boy who jokes about his atypical skeleton; an aspiring actress who hides a strange deformity; a track star whose abnormal heart propels her to victory. Suddenly the future feels wide open for two former hermits. But even as Ollie and Moritz dare to enjoy life, they can't escape their past, which threatens to destroy any progress they've made. Can these boys ever find their place in a world that might never understand them? (Publishers' blurb)

Because you'll never meet me was a book that was recommended to me at YALC and I started reading without knowing much about it. It's still one of my favourites and is a book that has really stayed with me. 

'Nowhere Near You' had just as strong an emotional impact on me. I adored Ollie and Moritz in both books, especially the way they compliment each other. It's a really interesting idea to blend real conditions with science-fiction elements and it was great to see how their characters developed over this book. 

The letter writing format continued to work really well, allowing the characters (especially Ollie) to withhold information and for their stories to unravel in pieces. Their voices are very distinct from one another and also come across as very realistic.

One of my favourite aspects was how this book maintained the emotional highs and lows that characterised the last book. Nowhere near you upped the ante by testing Ollie and Moritz with new circumstances and their continued separation. 

This is a warm, emotional book that made me think and made me love these characters even more. 

If you liked the sound of this, now try Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

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