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Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on June 2, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Friendship, Science Fiction, General
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Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie has a life-threatening allergy to electricity, and Moritz's weak heart requires a pacemaker. If they ever did meet, they could both die. Living as recluses 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. But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, sinister past that began years ago in a mysterious German laboratory, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected. Narrated in letter form by Ollie and Moritz-two extraordinary new voices-this story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances blends elements of science fiction with coming of age themes, in a humorous, dark, and ultimately inspiring tale is completely unforgettable.
Ollie and Moritz are two boys who are very different. Moritz was born sightless and Ollie has grand epileptic seizures caused by electricity. They become pen-pals and find a bond thru their issues, even though they are from very different backgrounds. Knowing they will never be able to meet, Moritz has a pacemaker which would trigger Ollie’s seizures, frees them to be honest with someone for the first time in their lives.
The first two-thirds of this book were magical. The story, told only thru letters, weaves seamlessly between the lives of two very special boys. Moritz who was born without eyes, lives in a large city in Germany with a foster father. Ollie lives off the grid in a forest in Ohio with his mother. A doctor who knows of both boys “introduces” them thru writing, believing they may provide support to each other. The disparity between the boys lives makes their friendship even more touching, as each longs for what the other has. The only flaw in this book comes in about one-third from the end with a realization that turns the story from sublime to slightly creepy. Even that cannot detract from the hope you feel for these two outsiders. Because You’ll Never Meet Me is a quirky, emotional read that you won’t forget.