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One Day More – Featuring Nowhere Near You (#2) by Leah Thomas

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Hi guys. Welcome back to my long ago created feature One Day More where I discuss a book I’ve read which won’t be out for a while. I created this feature for the rare times I do read a book so far out that a review isn’t very timely to do.

This week I’m featuring Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas. Nowhere Near You is the sequel to Because You’ll Never Meet Me.

You may have seen my tweets regarding this book. To say I love it is an understatement, I loved this book before I even read this book.

This was my book from the moment I heard about this book. Let me quote a previous post:

This is it. This is the book I am dying dying dying to read.

If you haven’t heard me rave about BYNMM around Twitter or on here, you may read my review for Because You’ll Never Meet Me here.

As usual, I’ll share the summary for Because You’ll Never Meet Me as well as Nowhere Near You. If you have not read Because You’ll Never Meet Me, you probably shouldn’t be reading this post, though it’s not very spoilery.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me:

Because You'll Never Meet Me

In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.

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.

A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.

Now for the sequel summary:

Nowhere Near YouFollowing up her acclaimed debut, Because You’ll Never Meet Me, Leah Thomas continues the stories of Ollie and Moritz in another heart-warming story of unique friendship.

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?


Oh my gosh, what am I even supposed to say about this book?

I have been dying for Nowhere Near You since about literally ten minutes after I finished Because You’ll Never Meet Me, which was my book of the year.

After I requested and received a copy of Nowhere Near You from Bloomsbury, I immediately started reading it. From the first page I was sold again and brought right back into Ollie and Moritz’s world.

Highlights:

First Page:

From the first page, Ollie compares himself to Alexander Hamilton and I realize nothing has ever been more true.

It may have sent me off laughing manically because “Oh my gosh, that is so TRUE” and because I am obsessed with both Hamilton and Ollie. Especially Ollie though given he is a natural storyteller and gives a lot of detail.

The Letters:

I was worried about how the letters would go after not reading Because You’ll Never Meet Me and just jumping into Nowhere Near You. I’m so happy to say that from the first page, I fell right back into Ollie and Morit’z’s minds, hearing their voices perfectly. There were so many heartbreaking and heartwarming passages in the book that blew me away.

The Boys Relationship:

My boys. My loves. My LOVES. I love these guys. What I adored most in Because You’ll Never Meet Me was how amazing Ollie and Moritz’s friendship was. Their friendship only grew stronger in Nowhere Near You. I loved seeing how they reacted to each other after first discovering them. It was great to see how well they understand the other even when things weren’t really said. Their relationship was just totally friendship goals.

New Characters!:

I loved reading about three new characters who were all like Ollie and Moritz with having been in the same circumstances. I really loved one character’s backstory with Moritz. It was hard to grasp some of these characters characteristics, but I think they really cemented the speculative fiction genre. I would love to read more about these characters sometime.

All The Feels:

And I do mean all of them. Well, let’s just say sadness, joy and fear. Just writing this post makes me emotional and want to re-read the two books.

This book was just a rollercoaster of emotion. Like Because You’ll Never Meet Me, there was something I wasn’t expecting that happened and let me just say “Oh my gosh, you did not!”

But they did, guys. Leah DID in fact do a thing. It was scary.

I am still in recovery. It’s okay, I think I’ll live though.


If you loved Because You’ll Never Meet Me, you definitely need to pick up Nowhere Near You in February because it is just as amazing. Nowhere Near You comes out on February 7th.

You can pre-order it at Barnes and Noble, Book Depository or Amazon.

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Five Reasons You Need Making Pretty In Your Life

One Day MoreOne Day More is my sporadic feature where I showcase books that have release dates a bit far off or for books that I just want to give a little extra attention to before they’re published. 
Making Pretty
Montana and her sister, Arizona, are named after the mountainous states their mother left them for. But Montana is a New York City girl through and through, and as the city heats up, she’s stepping into the most intense summer of her life.

With Arizona wrapped up in her college world and their father distracted by yet another divorce, Montana’s been immersing herself in an intoxicating new friendship with a girl from her acting class. Karissa is bold, imperfectly beautiful, and unafraid of being vulnerable. She’s everything Montana would like to become. But the friendship with Karissa is driving a wedge between Montana and her sister, and the more of her own secrets Karissa reveals, the more Montana has to wonder if Karissa’s someone she can really trust.

In the midst of her uncertainty, Montana finds a heady distraction in Bernardo. He’s serious and spontaneous, and he looks at Montana in the way she wants to be seen. For the first time, Montana understands how you can become both lost and found in somebody else. But when that love becomes everything, where does it leave the rest of her imperfect life?

Publish: May 12th, 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)

Hey everyone! Much much earlier this month, I read this amazingly addictive story that I just loved. This is a severely late coming post that would have been PERFECT for my blog a few weeks ago, especially with the publication date only a couple of weeks away now. However, because I  loved this book so much, I am going to tell you five reasons why you need this book in your life. 
~Reason 1~
Montana
This character is an entire reason unto herself. I related to Montana so quickly and I felt for her so much throughout Making Pretty. That’s not to say she’s perfect, because she’s not, but I felt such a connection to her when reading. All of her feelings were just so valid and I love how we saw her with several different emotions throughout Making Pretty.
~Reason 2~
Karissa
Karissa is like your basic Manic Pixie Dream Girl, minus the basic part. Her character jumps off the pages and enters your soul. When you first meet her, she’ll dazzle you and you’ll understand why Montana quickly latched onto her. Corey does amazing things with this character as I didn’t see Karissa going where she went. At all. Her character is such an interesting take on what would be a boring, has been MPDG. If you have seen the movie Thirteen, she reminds me quite a bit of Evie mixed with Sam from Garden State. Yeah, two pretty different characters. 🙂 I was fascinated with her.
~Reason 3~
Addictive
I don’t think I’ve ever been so captivated by a story as I was with Making Pretty. There were so many aspects that kept my attention throughout the entire book. I was flying through pages to reach the end of it.
~Reason 4~
Hot Topic Issue
Corey takes an interesting issue and creates a unique spin on it. Montana and Arizona’s father is a plastic surgeon. If society’s not enough to try to tell you you’re not good enough, having a plastic surgeon as a father surely will. I’ve never encountered this in fiction before and I loved how it affected the characters and the plot.
~Reason 5~
Sisterly Relations
I always like sister relationships in fiction and Making Pretty isn’t an exception. After Arizona returns home from college, Montana discovers Arizona has a whole other world basically that doesn’t involve her. Combine that with the plastic surgery that Arizona received and Montana doesn’t even know who she is anymore. I love how we see different layers of Montana and Arizona’s relationship. We see them angry with each other and on each other’s side, we see them distant and close. I love that their relationship wasn’t so cut and dry “Oh, we’re best friends” but that there was really depth to their relationship. 

If I’ve peaked your interest for Making Pretty, you can come back here MAY 4TH, where Corey has very kindly answered some (read: a ton) of my questions and MAY 5TH, where I’ll finally be reviewing this lovely book in full.

One Day More (#1) – None of The Above by I.W. Gegorio

One Day MoreAh, my newest feature unveiling! Aren’t you all excited? 🙂 I am. I’m even more excited because I learned how to make that lovely graphic to the left. 

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One Day More was inspired by Jamie’s amazing feature Save The Date. The feature name was taken from a song in “Les Miserables“.
I wanted to create a feature where every time I read an ARC that isn’t out for awhile, I’ll have place fo fangirl about it until I can properly review it. I thought this would help with getting readers/followers/whoever comes across my blog to put these books on their radar for their release dates. I’m so excited to finally be starting this because it’s a feature I’ve been wanting to try out for a while. When I finished reading this upcoming ARC, I knew I finally had my opportunity. 
The book that I am so excited about None of The Above by L.W. Gregorio. I received this as an E-ARC on Edelweiss, so thank you very much Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins so much. ❤
In None of The Above, Krissy goes from finding out she’s homecoming queen (which is super unexpected) to discovering she’s intersex. As you can imagine, Krissy has a hard time dealing with this (who wouldn’t?).
I love None of The Above for five reasons.
1. It features an intersex character, which is something I’ve never read about.
2. It shows Krissy coming to grips with herself as being intersex but also realizing that she’s more than that.
3. I really enjoyed the writing style.
4. It portrayed well how some people think and feel when it comes to someone being intersex whether that’s friends, families, and even strangers.
5. There’s an overall great message in there.
And that’s it for this entry. None of The Above will be released on April 7th, of this year. You can pre-order None of The Above from these retailers:
Barnes and Noble / Amazont / Book Depository
You can also read more about it on Goodreads
 

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