Author: Leah Thomas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Expected publication: July 2nd 2015
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.
Real talk: I’m not usually into epistolary novels, but this one just spoke to me with the electricity thing, the loss of a friend, the bullying, and the way they find each other.
I was trolling quite a few online catalogues, and I found this wonderful sounding debut. It’s kind of a cross between the TV show Pushing Daisies (see video below) and Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (which I loved), and I’m really, really looking forward to hearing these unique voices shine through their letters.
Are you interested in reading Because You’ll Never Meet Me? How do you feel about books written in letters? How about the electricity thing? What are you waiting for this week? Leave me your WoW pick and I’ll try to comment back!
“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.