Because You'll Never Meet Me

Because You'll Never Meet Me

Paperback - 2017
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In an acclaimed 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 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 that is completely unforgettable.

A William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist
A Carnegie Award nominee

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017
ISBN: 9781681190211


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Sep 30, 2017

This is one of the very best novels I have read in a long time. I'm 29 years old and typically read "adult" books. But this is one of those YA marvels I am glad i ventured into. This is the letters ack and forth between two teenage boys, in deep pain with their respective health and life situations that are so alienating from the rest of most peoples' experiences. They both feel extraordinarily alone. They bond deeply, though they may never meet. They go through the deepest details of their lives and observations of others and the startling eperiences they have as they dip out into the world of other people so bravely, newly, fearfully. This is not a coming-of-age novel, really. It's not as cliche as that. As a person struggling with health challenges, extreme isolation, and significant life transition this year, this book touched a deep part of my soul. I think some tears fell. And it's both very bizarre and even outlandish, and also totally believable. Please read this, so we can improve this world together.

Aug 28, 2017

Good read.

Aug 02, 2017

Wow. Surprising , unexpected , exciting , touching. This is one of my new favorites! Never a dull moment in this book !

ArapahoeBethW Jul 11, 2017

Coming of age, strong male friendships, disabilities, penpals.

Ollie and Moritz form a strong bond through exchanging letters. While entirely ordinary boys as boys go, both have succumbed to their own private exile over their individual disabilities. In this story the friends challenge and champion each other to break out of their molds. On the downside, I felt Thomas simply tried to cram too many issues into one story. Nevertheless it was a good story, and nice to see something different out there for young male readers.

Jan 28, 2017

"Because You'll Never Meet Me" is written purely in the form of letters between the two main characters, which makes the story very interesting to read. Thomas did an amazing job writing this book with great character development, fascinating plot twists, and an overall insanely interesting subject and story line. I picked this book up on a whim which was odd since it's not the typical style of book I usually read. However, I would recommend this book 10 out of 10 times. An easy read that will be stuck in your head for a while.

Kaya_D Jul 18, 2016

Interesting book. I liked the letters and the characters; unfortunately at the end it turned into one of those 'crazy science-y mutant kids' sci-fi books which I didn't really enjoy.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jul 15, 2016

Ollie and Moritz are reluctant pen pals encouraged to write to each other because they are around the same age and both have unusual disabilities. Ollie is an American living in seclusion because he is allergic to electricity. Moritz was born in Germany with no eyes, but has incredible echolocation skills. If they ever met the amount of electricity in Moritz’s heart monitor could kill Ollie. The knowledge that they can never meet makes them confide in each other in their letters. As Moritz and Ollie connect with each other, they both begin to ask questions about the causes and limitations of their rare disabilities. This is such a strange and fascinating concept for a book, but the relationship between Ollie and Moritz makes it seem realistic even though it isn’t.

Cynthia_N Feb 27, 2016

Interesting book. The book is a series of letters written between two boys with unusual disabilities. Ollie is allergic to electricity and lives in a very remote place to avoid it but it leaves him very lonely. Moritz was born with no eyes but uses echolocation to make his way in the world. It is so strong that he learns to read (what?!?). His lack of eyes and his negative outlook has made him an outcast so he is lonely too. Very neat story and I hope to see more because at the end of the book one of the letters mentions other children including a girl who puts her heart away so she doesn't have feelings. I would like to read her story!

Sep 15, 2015

this was a good book about two kids with odd disabilities. Owen who is allergic to electricity and Mortiz who has no eyes but can see using advanced echolocation and he has a pacemaker.. They are both very kind of lonely and sad. there doctor sets up them writing letters to each other and thru the friendship between them they grow and learn for each other. Pretty good book it turns a bit into science Fiction at the end. which kind of disappointed me. Not that the book was 100 percent realistic till then but the last few chapters felt like a bit of a rush.


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