The Bubble Boy by Stewart Foster
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
*Disclaimer: An ARC of I Found You by Lisa Jewell was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.
I was initially intrigued by Bubble when I first heard its synopsis. It reminded me a lot of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon as they both deal with kids who suffer from SCID (Severe Combined Immunodeficiency). While I wasnt very happy with the way that Everything Everything ended, I wanted to give a story with a similar idea another shot. Its always tough to read about kids that are suffering from serious illnesses, but these stories are important to read and to learn from.
What I Liked
The characters. The characters were one of the best aspects of this novel. Although I would have liked to have learned a bit more about a few of them, I did enjoy reading about them. Joe was very naive which makes sense for an 11 year old. While at times I felt frustrated that he couldnt see how dangerous some of the decisions he was making were, I kept having to remind myself that he was only 11 and probably didnt know any better.
The realistic aspect. This book didnt romanticize illness. It was real and at times, heartbreaking. The kids featured in this story are very sick and unfortunately that is something that is all-too-real in our everyday lives. Bubble didnt sugarcoat any aspect of the illnesses that these kids are suffering from and at times this was hard to read, especially while reading a middle grade novel.
What I Didnít Like
The writing style. There were a few different aspects of the writing style that I couldnt really get into. One, the way that these kids were speaking. It was hard for me to remember that they were kids because they just seemed so much older. I kept picturing Joe as a teenager, meanwhile he was only 11. While I dont think their dialogue needed to be dumbed down, there was just something that was off that made them seem older than they were meant to be. Another aspect of the writing style that threw me off was the way that the text messages and Skype calls were written. They werent labeled with the person who was speaking/typing and when the same person spoke two sentences in a row it was really hard for me to understand the flow of the conversation.
The slow pace. This book took me a long time to read even though it should have been quick and easy. Im still not entirely sure why that was. It just felt like nothing was really happening and then when things did start to happen, it didnt feel satisfying.
Amir. I just didnt understand this character at all. How did he get a job as a nurse so easily? How did he get away with everything with barely any punishment? I couldnt tell what his intentions were or if maybe he was potentially mentally ill. I just wish more was explained.
While it may seem as though I didnt like a lot of this book, there was plenty to fall in love with. As mentioned, I loved almost all of the characters and the friendships that are found within the story. It was heartbreaking at times, but also uplifting.
Initial Post Reading Thoughts: Im not really sure what to write about this one at the moment. I didnt love it, but I definitely didnt hate it. Im going to need a little while longer to think about it, but at the moment Im just feeling a little indifferent.
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Ad Astra (2019)
David Vetter, affectionately known as the boy in the bubble, was born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency SCID , one of the most severe types of primary immunodeficiency disease. We trusted our doctors. We were grateful for the bubble; the bubble was the only treatment option available for David at the time. Our goals were to keep David safe, bring the outside in and make sure he felt loved. He accepted the unique circumstances of his life, but waited to find the way to come out of his bubble. We prepared him to be able to socialize and eventually join the outside world.