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Because You'll Never Meet Me

(Because You'll Never Meet Me #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  4,562 ratings  ·  949 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published July 2nd 2015 by Bloomsbury Children's Books (first published June 2nd 2015)
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Kaitlyn The book is written in letter format, with alternating perspectives. This does not, however, make it any less of a book. I found that the different…moreThe book is written in letter format, with alternating perspectives. This does not, however, make it any less of a book. I found that the different lives were better than, say, two points of views from people who were in the same situation. You could also backtrack too previous letters if you lost track of what was going on, or for a reference.
I thought the letter format worked well.

... I hope that makes sence. (less)

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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Rupali

There is this standout culture that emerged among 2015 writers of contemporary YA fiction. They seem to have boldly neglected the distinction between realism and fantasy and risked mashing up these two genres together successfully creating groundbreaking, diverse novels about characters that have beyond normal medical conditions dealt with the most creative and engaging plot and usually witty, hilarious writing.

Made You Up
Everything, Everything
Bone Gap
Extraordinary Means
And now
Because You’ll Ne
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
it's so hard writing a review for this book, not because I don't know how to rate it but because I feel inadequate! I hardly think I can give this book enough praise to make people read it but here I go:

5 stars!

I received this book for free but that does NOT impair my judgement of it.

I adore this book. I found it to be one of the most underrated YA contemporaries released in 2015! I had never heard of it until it showed up in my mailbox. I think what made me love the book more was that I read i
Larry H
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'd rate this 4.5, maybe even 4.75 stars.

There are times I think that there are no original stories left out there, that nearly every book is a variation on a familiar theme or a retelling of something that has already been published. And then a book like Leah Thomas' Because You'll Never Meet Me comes along to prove that theory wrong. Endearing, moving, unique and tremendously engaging, I'm so glad I stumbled on this story and these wonderful characters.

Oliver is a teenage boy living with his
Emery Lord
I remembered my Goodreads password just to post this because it's too long for a tweet! Haha :)

I just wanted to say about this book: it has surrealist elements, yes, but it also- with perfect realism- captures how it feels to be lonely, to feel like an outsider. And, conversely, how it feels to connect. That connecting doesn't mean those friendships are perfect. Sometimes you overstep; sometimes you hold those friendships a bit too tightly. Anyway, I think the fabulist elements support the magic
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
If my friend didn't push me to read this book, and in push me I mean constantly telling me how amazing Because you'll never meet me is and how much I need to read it, I wouldn't have picked it up. And now that I did, I'm surprised it didn't get more attention back in 2015. I'm disappointed I haven't heard of it before because the story was great and I did not think I would like it.

It's epistolary between two boys, Ollie and Moritz. One is suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity since bir

Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2017, ebook, netgalley, ya
When I was about 10% into this book, I was so close to marking it as a DNF. I just couldn't get into it but I decided to power through and try harder and look at us now... 4 Stars! I'm going to admit that I only read like half the synopsis before starting this. I knew it was about a boy who was allergic to electricity and a boy born without eyes but I didn't read the part about the lab. Silly me! I thought it was going down a completely different road to be honest. A road with mental illness a ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is so different, so smart, so well crafted...just, yeah. Everything. Dual-POV where both characters are the same gender is hard, but Thomas did an excellent job creating two incredibly different, strong narratives that complement each other in a fabulous way. Friendship books are so rare in YA, but friendship books between boys are among the rarest rarest rarest of all, and this book was just so necessary. Highly recommend for people who loved the quirky literary quality of Mosquitolan ...more
Ashley Daviau
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much that it almost hurts! It was so beautiful and I fell completely in love with it from the very first page. I'm always a sucker for anything written in letter form so when I saw the whole book was written that way, I was an instant goner. And the subject matter was just so captivating, the more I found out, the more I was sucked in! I really grew to love Moritz and Ollie, they were each so different but complemented each other so well and seeing their stories unfold in th ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I admire most any attempt to flip a genre upon its head to conceive something new and different. The only problem with Leah Thomas' epistolary mope-fest Because You'll Never Meet Me, which in retrospect certainly qualifies as a genre-blaster, was that I didn't realize what Ms. Thomas was doing here was fresh and original until about the 60% mark. By that time I was so utterly annoyed by the two mewling pen pals (with bizarre handicaps only YA fiction writers could possibly dream up) that I coul ...more
That was super strange, but I liked it! If I could give you one piece of advice before you start reading this, it’s to prepare yourself to suspend your disbelief. A lot. A lot more than you would expect for a contemporary read. It seriously seems like a cool scifi/dystopia at times. But it’s worth it.

This story starts off with Ollie. He is 14 years old, lives with his mother in a cabin in the middle of the forest, and is allergic to electricity. Boy oh boy would being allergic to electricity suc
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kitabı seveceğimi biliyordum, en azından arka kapak yazısından sonra bunu hissediyordum. Ama bu kadar etkilenmek ? Bunu tahmin edemezdim.
Ollie'nin epilepsisinden dolayı elektriğe alerjisi var ve bu öyle bir düzeyde ki elektrikli hiç bir şeyin yanına yaklaşamıyor. Telefon, el feneri, araba. Aklınıza gelen her elektrikli eşya. Yaklaştığında zarar gören ya kendisi oluyor ya da elektrikli aletler.
Moritz'in gözleri yok. Gözlerinin olması gereken yerde bir deri tabakası var. Ama kör değil. Seslerin sa
I initially requested this on NetGalley because of the positive reviews, including those of bloggers I'm friends with. The premise certainly sounded interesting -- two boys who could never meet become friends through good old-fashioned letter-writing. One boy is allergic to electricity, while the other boy has a pacemaker and no eyes. One boy is talkative and optimistic while the other one is gloomy and cynical. Each one teaches the other some valuable lessons.

While the idea was really nice, it
This is a very strange book. From reading the blurb,it seemed like a cute story of two friends who can't meet each other,but I didn't thought it would be so different and unique. I couldn't believe half of the things I was reading,it's like I couldn't tell if it's was real or not. The whole plot is created very smartly-you don't come across books like these very often. The story is very engaging,the characters are well written and memorable.

This is a story of Ollie and Moritz. Ollie is allergic
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book via NetGalley. This in no way affected my review.

The more I think about it, the more I lose interest in reading this. Considering it took me nearly 3 weeks to read only 16%, that's evident enough that it was slow, boring, and completely uninteresting.

I'd previously heard really good things about this book, and I so wanted to love it as much as others had. However, this was not the case. I couldn't connect with either Ollie or Moritz. I understood
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
What an unexpectedly dark and moving story this was. I have no words. 3.5 stars rounding up to 4.
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I'm going to start this very long review with a question. Recently I read a book and I was very indifferent about it because it bored me. It was the same thing as all the other works from that author. And in that review I also said I would have liked it better if I hadn't been so spoiled with great contemporary books this year. Now here's the question: why would I read a book that tells the same old story with the same cliche characters when I can
Kat Kennedy
I have to admit, I never would have read this book if the publisher hadn’t put it in my hands and said, “There. Read it.” They didn’t say they would shank me if I didn’t, but I’m pretty sure it was implied.

And I would have been missing out. MISSING OUT, PEOPLE. If I hadn’t decided to read it.

Because You’ll Never Meet Me is a clever, fascinating look into the lives of two very special boys. One who was born without eyes but with the ability to observe his surroundings via echolation, and the othe
Krista Wright
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Because You'll Never Meet Me is a story about two adolescent boys living in different parts of the world, yet going through equally troubling situations. Ollie is a 14-year old that has spent a majority of his life living in an isolated cabin in the middle of the woods with his mother. He is allergic to electricity--he has never been to a town or seen a crowd of people. He can't use a phone or even watch a movie. And still, somehow, he is experiencing the pain of first love. Moritz is a 16-year ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary

I'll admit I was almost about to put this down at about 33% in because the pacing was just too slow and drawn out for my liking, but for some reason I trudged on and kept reading. And I am so glad for that; because if I had stopped I would have missed what a wonderful book this blossomed in to.

Because You'll Never Meet Me is unique and captivating novel told in letters between two best friends on opposite sides of the world who will never be able to meet each other. Ollie is allergic to electri
Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
Because You'll Never Meet Me tells us the story of two boys who, you guessed it right, will probably never meet. On one hand, we have Ollie, who lives in a cabin in the middle of a forest. The reason behind is the fact that he is allergic to electricity making it impossible for him to survive in a modern day city or town or even in a village. He lives there with his mother, tucked away from everyone and everything. On the other hand, we have Moritz, a boy born without eyes and a pacemaker in his ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
*I received an ebook copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I'm disappointed. I've recently read another book about rare illnesses and this doesn't compare. Because you'll never meet me isn't badly written and, ending aside, it's quite original. But at the same time I can't help but say that this book bored me. I wasn't thrilled to continue reading, I didn't truly want to know what would happen, I just wanted to get through it. And when I finished it I was relieved. It just d
First read: October 16 to 17, 2015

I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! A must-read for anyone who has read Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.

Ollie is allergic to electricity. Moritz is a blind kid with a pacemaker. Because of certain obstructions, these two teenagers who feel very alone in the world can never meet but they do write letter. Because You'll Never Meet Me is a book completely told through O
Ella Zegarra
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Original de: El Extraño Gato del Cuento

Cada cierto tiempo, me encuentro con libros que me dejan sin palabras. Ese tipo de libros que me hacen sentir sobreprotectora, quiero que lo lean pero quiero que le guste a todos. Lo que es imposible. ¿Te ha pasado? Tengo la suerte que me pase constantemente ¿Qué mejor que encontrar este tipo de libros entre tus lecturas?

¿Cómo te explico Because You'll Never Meet Me? Para empezar, está narrado de una manera que es mi favorita, mediante cartas. Enviar cartas
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)

I really liked the beginning but I didn't love the second half.

I liked that this was a very unique story about two very unique characters and I liked that there were moments where I loved both of these boys and moments when I was upset with both of them. I also want to mention that one of the boys was queer which I thought was really beautifully done as far as handling his sexuality. I think Leah Thomas did a great job creating them both and fleshing out their personalities. This book is comp
georgia ☽
i'm totally not crying right now. ugh, where do i begin?

"There are many things I never allowed myself, Ollie. But you've told me to be brave."

wow. i'm not sure what i was expecting, but it definitely wasn't to fall completely in love with these characters. ollie and moritz... just... i care about them both so much. their voices were so different and interesting, and the bond they form through writing to each other is so beautiful and wonderful and i had to close the book and scream a few times w
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
"One day, I will meet you. I will meet you and neither of us will die for it."

I loved this story. (So many quotes!)
Ollie and Moritz were such adorable sweethearts.
As they're writing letters to each other I couldn't wait for the response of the other boy in the following letter.
Their story was mysterious and exciting and I couldn't tell which boy I favor.
They are both very unique (with their medical history), brave and intelligent.
I'm so happy that there is a sequel!!! Can't wait to read tha
Hajarath Prasad Abburu
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This year is going to be one of the best reading experiences in my life, I think. One blockbuster read after the other.

Words can't describe the fantastic splendor this book is. Read it. And have your horizons expanded by a light year.
Because You'll Never Meet Me was a debut novel, I can't believe how prosperous the year 2015 was for YA novels. Every time I'm a year later reading a debut YA novel I'm in much awe of how authors took YA books to a totally new route, mashing fantasy and contemporary into diverse characters, I didn't think this would be so amusing and rich!

The novel is written in letters form between Moritz and Oliver, two uncommon medical conditions contacting each other on weekly basis for a chance of communica
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actual rating : 3.5 stars

I really liked this books premise.
I didn't expect it to be so odd at times.
It is told from 2 perspectives: Ollie and Moritz.
They are 2 boys: one is allergic to electricity and the other doesn't have any eyes.
Both of these boys write letters to each other.
We learn about their lives good and bad.
It's interesting to see how they cope with their lives.
It is slow in a lot of places which I found tough.
I was very highly anticipating this book, and I just felt a little disapp
Duygu Pınar
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
4,5 *

Kitaba kendinizi bırakmanız lazım. Sonrasını Ollie ve Moritz hallediyor.
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Leah Thomas once wrote from a house in the woods, and now an apartment more or less by the sea (well, less). Her debut novel BECAUSE YOU'LL NEVER MEET ME was a 2016 Morris Award finalist, and its sequel, NOWHERE NEAR YOU, is out now from Bloomsbury. Her third YA science fiction novel, WHEN LIGHT LEFT US, hit shelves this February.

A graduate of Clarion 2010, her short fiction has appeared in Asimo

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“Please follow these instructions:
1. Stack the pages of this letter neatly.
2. Roll the pages up into a cylinder.
3. Smack yourself over the head with it.
4. Repeat. You complete ass.”
“Maybe the reason people avoid you is because the emotions your brain sends out when you click are kind of... negative emotions?

Maybe you're clicking unhappiness at people, and they're sending it back in echoes.”
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