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:
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:
Following 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.
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.
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.
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.