“Everything's a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It's up to you.”
Number of Pages: 307.
Location: LA, California.
Madeleine has a serious and rare medical condition that prevents her from leaving her house. She never has a reason to leave until the boy next door teaches her that sometimes living life is worth the risk. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I don’t have a lot to say about this book other than, I loved it. (And I gave it my Best Book Award). There were a few flaws, but I can overlook all of that because this book grabbed me and pulled me along for the ride. I seriously read this in one sitting. Most of the chapters were just a page or two and the book is filled with beautiful illustrations, so it is a very quick read. After dragging my brain through quite a few psychological thrillers lately, this was a lovely mental vacation.
I caught myself smiling several times while reading this book. I also teared up a few times. The subject is tough, but the main characters are so dang likable. I think books like this set a great precedent for other young adult novels out there. I highly recommend it. Now, excuse me while I run off to find the movie version. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!