Review Time!!!! Before we start… Click here for the blurb of this book. This is the actual blurb, but if you read my reviews then you know that I like to put my own spin on things. Here we go:
Maddie is not your average eighteen-year-old girl. In fact, she is the exact opposite. She can’t go for a brisk, evening walk, attend prom, go shopping in a mall, even go on an actual date. Being sick can do that. But, Maddie doesn’t just have any normal sickness, she has a rare disease. This prevents her from living a normal life. The only people she interacts with is her mother and nurse, Carla. That is until Angel-of-death Ollie moves in next door. Maddie realises that she wants more from life than being boarded up in her disinfectant home. For the first time in her life, she experiences what it’s like to be normal Of course, wanting can have consequences. A novel filled with sympathy, love and heartbreak, Maddie discovers her way into the world.
Nicola Yoon had me in tears by the end of this book. At first when I bought it, I thought it was a romance about a girl who has social anxiety. I was so wrong! I was very confused at the beginning, but once I got the whole sickness thing I knew what was happening.
I was hesitant in reading this book at first. I just didn’t know if I would like it or relate to it in any way. Once I started getting to the point where Ollie was having an impact in her life, I knew I had to read the ending.
I didn’t expect the twist to be honest. Yoon definitely got me there. All throughout this book I felt nothing but sympathy for Maddie. How could one live his/her life locked away at home. I know she didn’t have a choice. From my perspective, I think Yoon makes her readers realise that we take everyday walks and socialising for granted. We are lucky that we can shop in a mall, or just walk in the garden. Maddie is bounded by her illness and she can’t do anything about it.
Yoon really expressed the positivity of her character. I know people who would experience this would not be positive in any way, and would consider suicide. I appreciate the fact that she avoided the controversial topic. She made me realise that not every situation is bad. I liked how she portrayed Maddie as a girl who has accepted her illness and doesn’t dwell on the idea of suicide. Like I said before, I am not criticising suicide in this statement.
I love how Ollie has his own family problems and it isn’t just a perfect boy next door situation. Yoon shows us that everyone has problems, some more severe as others. There is no way around these things, we just have to embrace them and change them.
My favourite scene was the runaway trip to Hawaii. I admired her for facing her fears and living. Some may say that she was being childish and looking for a death wish. However, I think Maddie expresses her courage, She was willing to die just so she could actually live. Yoon portrays her character as a courageous, young woman who states death in the face. Perhaps, women and girls should think about this. Maddie’s courage gave her strength and power to run her own life.
I would recommend this books four stars. I honestly thought that this book was so inspirational and Yoon definitely gave me something to think about. Ollie wasn’t a knight in shining armour. Yes, he helped her along they way, but it was Maddie who rescued herself. From a feminist view, I think Yoon has done an excellent job in expressing the power of women in an emotional state. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good heartfelt read. You need inspiration, you’re having a tough time, or you just need to know that your life isn’t as bad as you thought it was? Read this book and you will be grateful for the life you live afterward.
As I mentioned earlier: I didn’t think I would relate to this book. Although this is true to some extent, I relate to the fact that Maddie is confused about her life. She doesn’t know what to do or how to integrate. She has to find herself and her role in the world. As a student, I have the exact same thoughts.
That’s it for this review, I hope you enjoyed it. This has been the most inspirational book I have read in a while and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Please give it a read and let me know what you think. Or, if you have read it, comment below.
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