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Publisher's Summary

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known.
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in 17 years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean, and wearing all black - black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.
©2015 Nicola Yoon (P)2015 Listening Library
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"This heartwarming story transcends the ordinary by exploring the hopes, dreams, and inherent risks of love in all of its forms."(Kirkus Reviews)
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By FanB14 on 09-16-15

Bubble Girl Meets Boy

Maddy has rare immune disease and must live in a sterile environment with minimal contact to the outside world. Enter new family next door with curious new boy, dressed in black, attempting to communicate via the window and bundt cake (it's a funny reference if you read it). Her mother is overprotective (no spoiler there); Olly's home life isn't ideal; and Maddy becomes more daring, wanting to experience the great big, wide world.

Sweet is an overused word, as is cute, but they fit. Maddy is innocent and likable, Olly is humorous and patient and I'd love to know where I can get a Carla (Maddy's constant companion/nurse). With an easy, mellifluous style, the story carries you away and it's over too soon. The mark of an enjoyable read.

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By Kalei on 08-16-16

Absolutely Amazing

Studies show there are only 12 different types of storytelling that are possible, and this one is now one of my favorite books. Similar the book Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe, I will re-listen/read this book because the effective storyline and strong relatable characters. The characters are given solid backgrounds and throughout the story. I hope you enjoy this book as much as anyone else who has shared a positive review about this book!

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By Glenis on 04-02-16

A story to be heard again

I loved this book, I knew I'd be hooked from the start and I was. the characters were well thought out and the story, though on face-value, seemed slightly fare-fetched, was very believable.
I wish it had been longer, I want to know if Madeleine completely recovers, does her mother? What happens to Carla?
Definitely recommend this book.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

By ellen on 03-10-17

it was amazing. i loved it so much

it was amazing i would recoment ut so muvh i cryed. omg read this book

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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By Meg on 11-03-16

Thought provoking

Despite a few doubtful elements in the plot, the story held my attention from beginning to end. Young adults should love it.

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By Anonymous User on 07-01-17


Great book.
Really draws you into the story. Would recommend. I enjoyed the voices of the narrators

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