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Nowhere Near You, by Leah Thomas | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | February 7, 2017

nowhere-near-you-by-leah-thomasNowhere Near You

Written by Leah Thomas

Age Range: 12-16

Paperback: 385 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (2017)

ISBN: 978-1681191782

What to expect: Science Fiction, Dystopia, Realism, Friendship

Sometimes, the best stories are those which invite you to live within their pages, become one of the characters, and struggle through a life that is not your own. In Nowhere Near You, sequel to the gripping Because You’ll Never Meet Me, Leah Thomas creates a world that is intensely internal, personal, and enveloping. Written as a dialogue of letters between two friends, it not only offers a plotline rife with mysterious technologies and scientific secrets, but also an intimate exploration of the familiar pains of growing up and being different.

Ollie and Moritz have never met, and probably never will. However, Ollie’s allergy to electricity has not prevented him from embarking on a road-trip to meet other experimentally abnormal teens like himself, and he is determined it will not prevent him from one day meeting Moritz in the flesh, either. For Moritz, it is only the persistently upbeat letters from Ollie which draw him out of his daily struggle to carve a future for himself despite his lack of eyes, and the strange telepathy that allows him to infect others with his mood. Ollie wants to be a writer, and is overwhelmed by the vastness of the world and the crowds of people he has yet to meet. Moritz seeks escape from his condition and his past, yet is drawn to the temptation of Art School and the lure of other children. As both boys struggle to determine where they fit in a world that both created and rejected them, there letters serve as their life line, comforting them, motivating them, and slowly revealing to each of them truths they could never have discovered on their own. In the end, however, both boys remain haunted by the same question: will they ever meet in person?

Nowhere Near You is not only a gripping and action-filled adventure, it is also a rich and multi-textured language experience. The dialogues that make up the book are complex, intertextual, lively, and fresh, bring the characters to life and absorbing the reader in their thoughts, impressions, and emotions. Lurking behind it all, the sinister world of experimentally altered children and adult conspirators adds spice to an already intense story. Highly recommended.

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About Leah Thomas

Leah Thomas frequently loses battles of wits against her students and her stories. When she’s not huddled in cafes, she’s usually at home pricking her fingers in service of cosplay. Leah lives in San Diego, California and is the author of Nowhere Near You and the William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist, Because You’ll Never Meet Me.

Nowhere Near You, by Leah Thomas , was reviewed by Dr. Jen Harrison. Discover more books like Nowhere Near You by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with    and .

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Jen Harrison currently teaches English Composition and Composition Skills at East Stroudsburg University. She completed her PhD in Children's and Victorian Literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK. There she also acted as an instructor teaching undergraduate courses on literature and literary theory, as well as further education courses on Children's Literature and Creative Writing. After a brief spell in administration, Jen then trained as a secondary school English teacher, and worked for several years teaching Secondary School English, working independently as a private tutor of English, and working in nursery and primary schools as a substitute teacher. After moving from the UK to the USA in 2016, Jen is very happy to have returned to higher education. Her current research focuses on three primary areas in the field of children’s literature: reader-writer relationships, thing-theory, and the supernatural; she is a reviewer for the International Research Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (IRSCL), as well as the Children's Book Review. Jen also writes an academic blog on Children's Literature, Worrisome Words: http://quantum.esu.edu/faculty/jharrison/. You can also find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.harrison.73594

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  • This sounds like a fabulous story for young adults. Will look for it!

    February 8, 2017

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