Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie has a life-threatening allergy to electricity, and Moritz’s weak heart requires a pacemaker. If they ever did meet, they could both die. Living as recluses from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times-as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, sinister past that began years ago in a mysterious German laboratory, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected.
Reasons Why Reading BYNME Might Be The Best Thing You Do This Month
The Epistolary Format
No matter how many books I read that are written in the form of journal entries, letters, documents, etc, this type of writing never gets old. Honestly it is a boon, this format, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to forever remain my favourite form of book!
One of the first things that convinced me to read this book was the format—I was sold immediately once I knew that the entire book was in the form of letters. Our two MCs write about basically everything in these letters, about their respective days, their family members, their shady pasts…even their bleak futures. And it is glorious. Not only were the letters the perfect way to write this book, but also the most entertaining. A normal dual POV might have explained the characters better, but I find myself thinking that the letters were so much better. The characters most likely thought about what they were writing to each other carefully before they wrote it, and it still gave me the experience of being right there with them!
The Unique Story
There is nothing that beats this story. Nothing. It is so unique and so friggin’ brilliant that I seriously had a case the feels! A boy allergic to electricity being best pen pals with a boy who requires a pacemaker to keep him alive? Like, how on Earth would a normal human being come up with an idea like this? That’s right, they can’t. Because obviously, Leah Thomas is no normal human being, she’s a frikkin genius.
I was pretty surprised at how well I got used to the idea of Oliver being allergic to one of the most important discoveries of mankind…of course if I can believe vamps can sparkle, then I can believe anything, yeah? But that’s not all this book is about, not even close. No, BYNME is the kind of book that has layers on layers on layers of goodness. It explores mental illness, bullying, sexuality, familial relations, and so many other things that you would not expect from a book that is only supposed to be Sci-Fi!
The Adorable Characters
Oliver and Moritz, our two Men of Letters (he he he) are the main characters of this book, and they are frigging amazing. They’ve been written with a of magic ingredient—that’s the only explanation I can give for loving them so completely, so quickly. Oliver begins the whole writing of letters to a random guy in Germany (Moritz) and there starts one of the most beautiful friendships you’ll get to witness ever! Oliver comes across as the chirpier, more people person of the two, but of course that can’t be because he’s only around his doctor, his mother and his best friend Liz.
Moritz on the other hand, has human interaction, but wishes he didn’t. He’s cynical and believes he knows better than Oliver, he is two years older than Ollie, after all. Both of them, through the course of the book, change each other in the most delightful of ways, some of which you’ll see coming, some of which you won’t. Most importantly, the book reinstates the importance of family and friendship, both of which are important and inevitable in every individual’s life.
My only request to you, reader, is to hold on at the beginning. It’s a slow book, until the moment it picks up, and then you don’t want it to end. You’ll grow to love Ollie and Moritz, as I did, and you’ll want to read about their extraordinary friendship forever. And if you end up devouring this book—I know you will—you’ll find Leah Thomas’ magic weave through the book into you, asking you to beg her for a sequel!