Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Release Date: July 2, 2015
Edition: eBook (344 pages)
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 an minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.
Because You'll Never Meet Me was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015, and after finally getting the chance to read it, I understand that it was worth the wait.
The story basically follows these two characters, Ollie and Moritz. Both are suffering from stage diseases. Ollie gets seizures whenever he goes near electricity, so he lives in a cabin in the woods with his mom and never sees outside civilization. Moritz, on the other hand, has no eyes and also has a somewhat mechanical heart. However, he can pretty much sense things around him, so it's like he can see without actually seeing, which is pretty awesome. The two of them can never meet, because Ollie would have seizures upon meeting Moritz. Yet, they still worked so hard to encourage each other to be happier in their lives.