In Which I Declare My Love For NOWHERE NEAR YOU A Bit Early

Posted November 8, 2016 by Bee in Reviews / 6 Comments

In Which I Declare My Love For NOWHERE NEAR YOU A Bit Early

Nowhere Near You

by Leah Thomas
Published on February 7th 2017
by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Science Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

Also by this author: Because You'll Never Meet Me, Because You'll Never Meet Me, Because You'll Never Meet Me

Following up her acclaimed debut, Because You'll Never Meet Me, Leah Thomas continues the stories of Ollie and Moritz in another heart-warming story of unique friendship.

Ollie and Moritz might never meet, but their friendship knows no bounds. Their letters carry on as Ollie embarks on his first road trip away from the woods--no easy feat for a boy allergic to electricity--and Moritz decides which new school would best suit an eyeless boy who prefers to be alone.

Along the way they meet other teens like them, other products of strange science who lead seemingly normal lives in ways Ollie and Moritz never imagined possible: A boy who jokes about his atypical skeleton; an aspiring actress who hides a strange deformity; a track star whose abnormal heart propels her to victory. Suddenly the future feels wide open for two former hermits. But even as Ollie and Moritz dare to enjoy life, they can't escape their past, which threatens to destroy any progress they've made. Can these boys ever find their place in a world that might never understand them?

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

In 2015 I read a very special book. A book told through letters between two boys that would probably never be able to meet. A book that some of my friends did not enjoy that much because it was marketed as Contemporary while it’s actually closer to Speculative Fiction or very very soft Sci-Fi. I went into it expecting Contemporary. However, what I got was so much more. And I just went with it. I suspended my disbelief and all that jazz. Because the story just had me hooked. The characters were in my heart. And they have been since I finished that book in May 2015. I’ve been waiting for its follow-up, Nowhere Near You, ever since. Safe to say I had a lot of expectations, which can be dangerous, but in this case… it wasn’t. Because Nowhere Near You met every single one of my expectations and went far past them. Safe to say I loved this book just as much as that first one.

Nowhere Near You continues the story of Ollie and Moritz through their letters to each other. And while the letter format doesn’t always work for me, it somehow works perfectly with this book and its predecessor. While other books don’t give enough developement to their characters and the story because of the format, this book actually succeeds big time on both parts. The writing is so gripping and it just hooks me instantly from the first page. Ollie’s and Moritz’s voice are so unique and distinct, which is SUCH a hard thing to accomplish even without the format this is written in. So major props to Leah Thomas for this. I worship at your feet. And I will beg you for another book with these characters until I have one. Who needs knees anyway?

As for the actual story… Well, what do you want me to say? I love it. I went through all the feels about a hundred times and it was flinging me back and forth and I loved every second of it. It could’ve have easily been boring given how long it is, but it never was to me. If anything, I craved more at the end of it. So much more. Nowhere Near You continued Ollie & Moritz’s story perfectly and introduced new characters for me to love and ended so amazingly that I just… I want more. I will always want more. My heart is so full right now and I can barely contain all the feelings I’m having right now. Can you tell?

Now what can I say about the characters that I haven’t said in my review of the first book? I still love them just as much. No, more actually. Ollie and Moritz keep going and being brave and strong and they lean on each other even when they’re nowhere near each other. Their friendship is beautiful and it’s everything. I cannot possibly describe how much I love these two. It’s impossible really. They have my heart, these two. Speaking of hearts… There are a few new characters introduced in this book and I don’t want to spoil anything but I do want to mention that I loved them. Arthur, Bridget and Brian in particular. So much love for you three. But also Molly and Klaus and the returning characters from the first book. I love you all and I want more time with all of you.

Honestly, I could talk about this book for ages but that would just be boring to you after a while so instead you should go read this book instead. If you haven’t read the other one, Because You’ll Never Meet Me, then please start with that one. And then get your hands on Nowhere Near You. Pretty please?


About Leah Thomas

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 is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. A graduate of Clarion 2010, her short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Black Static, Ideomancer, and Three-Lobed Burning Eye, among others. She’s mostly a dork and always feels uncomfortable about author bios.

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6 responses to “In Which I Declare My Love For NOWHERE NEAR YOU A Bit Early

  1. Gaaah, this sounds so cuuuuuute. And CURSES ON THE PEOPLE WHO HATE A BOOK BECAUSE IT DOESN’T CONFINE TO A GENRE. (Unless they come after me, in which case… ILY, scary, angry people.) The first book sounds cute, and this sounds even cuter. (And both seem very much like Bee Books™.)

    My poor TBR. It’ll never stop growing.

    • Bee

      Hahaha Bee Books. I like that. XD And yes they are. THE OTP IS REAL THO. OMG. <3 I love these two boys. Just as much as I love Simon & Blue. *gasp* Yes you heard that right.

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