One thing that we know about good books is their amazing ability to develop empathy in the reader; to explore ideas and view-points that arise from experiences that are out of our own realm. The Bubble Boy does this with warmth, quirkiness and a light-hearted touch, vividly engaging the reader in an unusual life.
Joe suffers from a severe immunodeficiency and has grown up in an isolation room in a hospital where the outside world is as unreal to him as his situation is to most people. With the power of the imagination and the writer’s affection for his characters, anything is possible, leaving the reader happy and hopeful about the many different worlds that we each live in.
Reviewed by Tereze