Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on September 1, 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
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. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.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 seventeen 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.
In an Oyster Shell – With a unique story concept and excellent execution, this is a worthwhile read with a unexpected twist.
The Pearls – The fact that this girl had a disease that she was allergic to everything was super interesting to me. How does she live? Then add into the mix a neighbor who tests the boundaries of her confinement. It was bound to get interesting and it really did. The storyline was solid and robust.
Along with the strong storyline, there were well-developed characters. The main character who is the POV seem to be resigned to her fate as the story opens. As the story progresses she takes charge of her fate despite the people who wanted to keep her from it. The supporting characters were complimentary and strong without overpowering the MC.
The friendship/romance that develops between the main character and her neighbor Olly. Is what propels the story along. I like how it starts with him making funny statues outside her window, then keeps pursuing her until they finally meet. It was a great romance and was a strong support in the development of this story.
The Sand – It’s great that it is in 1st person pov but that allowed for some excess introspection that could slow the story down sometimes.
I give this 4 pearls.