Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from netgalley; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is
allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures.
Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they
ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his
pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond
through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses
his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals
with a bully set on destroying him.
DNF Review: I really loved this summary and I thought the book would be a good fit for me. Obviously, it was not and I ended up not finishing the book. This is my first DNF review on the blog. That doesn’t mean I’ve finished every single book I read, but those are usually personal or library titles. When it comes to review books, I usually request things that I’m fairly sure I will enjoy, and it tends to work out. However, even though I didn’t finish this one, I do think it would work for other people.
Like I said before, the premise is great. I like the idea of having a friend that you could never meet in person. Well, I like the idea in a book – in real life, it would be frustrating. Now, the main reason I didn’t end up finishing this book is because it just fell a bit flat for me and I didn’t find all aspects of it realistic.
Ollie being allergic to electricity made sense to me and I think it worked. Moritz, though, not only has a pacemaker, he also has no eyes. That’s right – he’s not blind; he literally has no eyes. He tends to handle this well though because of echolocation, which is essentially how bats can see in the dark. He is able to tell where people and things are located. Again, this isn’t too bad to handle. However, Moritz would describe people way too accurately for my taste and for me, I don’t think he would be able to, unless he just made it up. I believe the publisher had a note in the beginning that mentioned having to suspend belief a bit, and sometimes I can do that, but it just didn’t work here.
I suppose the overall story was moving a bit slow for me too. I might have a better chance of reading a physical copy of this instead of on my kindle, but for now, I’m going to pass.
What do you think? Will you give this a shot? Have you read it already and want to share your thoughts?