This Book is LGBTQIA+ is my way of putting a spotlight on books that may not be widely recognised as such. I want these books to have as much exposure as they can, and I hope you add some of these titles (or all) to those never-ending TBR piles!
Today’s book is:
because you’ll never meet me by leah thomas
Title: Because You’ll Never Meet Me
Author: Leah Thomas
Genre/s: Contemporary, sci-fi (genre bender)
In a stunning literary debut, two boys on opposite ends of the world begin an unlikely friendship that will change their lives forever.
Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits 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.
A story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances, this debut is powerful, dark and humorous in equal measure. These extraordinary voices bring readers into the hearts and minds of two special boys who, like many teens, are just waiting for their moment to shine.
Why This Book is LGBTQIA+
One of the two main characters, Moritz, is gay. He’s sincere and serious in the beginning (and more than a little rude), but as time goes on he opens up and gains confidence. It’s amazing to watch a character grow, and a friendship form, just by reading letters. It was lovely.
I decided to read Because You’ll Never Meet Me because I had a headcanon that the two boys would fall in love (there are those queer tinted spectacles again). And it kind of came true!
If you want to read more of my thoughts on Because You’ll Never Meet Me, click here.