I’ve been meaning to read this ever since I first saw the movie trailer going around Facebook. It intrigued me. Plus, I wanted to read the book first before I actually watch the movie because the printed version is almost always better.
I finished reading this a last week and I still haven’t found the time to watch the movie. I’m not sure how it would compare but one thing I noticed is that the movie version showed the mother as being black while on the book, she was white, and Maddie got her brown skin from her father (who was black).
This was actually surprisingly an easy read. I thought that because there’s an illness involved, it would become heavy at some point (think The Fault in Our Stars or A Walk to Remember), but I was wrong.
The book started out with basic introductions — like who Madeline (aka Maddie) is and why she’s been held up in her house for as long as she could remember; who the people around her are; and what she does on a daily basis.
Then things escalated when their new next door neighbors moved in. She started watching the family and her curiosity over the teenage boy (Oliver aka Olly) grew as she continued her incessant “Neighbor Watch” (as she referred to it).
This happened, that happened, and then… they start emailing each other then moved on to IMs. So parts of the book were a chunk of their IM conversations, plus a few drawn pictures here and there.
When I watched the trailer some time last year, a lot of the comments were people complaining that the trailer showed everything — like how Maddie’s sick and has been stuck in her house for years because of it and then somewhere along the way, she managed to get out and spend some time with Olly.
The thing is, that’s not all there is to the story. So a lot of these people are just whining for no reason.
To be honest, I didn’t see that twist coming in the beginning. But then as the story progressed, I kind of had this thought lingering at the back of my head that maybe that was what was happening but I couldn’t be sure just yet.
And then there it was.
It was the climax of the story but it didn’t seem like it because the author didn’t put too much “suspense factor” on how it was written. I guess I’m okay with that? I guess what she was trying to do is just make this as light as possible? I’m not sure.
It was still a good read, though. And I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads (more like 3.5). Let’s see if the movie lives up to the book. Hopefully it does because it’s quite a nice story. And the book was actually well-written despite the few setbacks that I have over the plot reveal.