Monday, 1 September 2014

{Review} Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

Boys Like YouPosted by Donna
Release Date: May 6th, 2014
Finished Date: August 27th, 2014
Publishers: Sourcebooks Fire   
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: For Review
Format: ARC
Pages: 288
IF

If I hadn't fallen asleep.
If I hadn't gotten behind the wheel. 
If I hadn't made a mistake.

One mistake. And everything changes.

For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart leaving her empty and broken. There's a hole in her heart that nothing can fill that no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her Grandma isn't going to change that...

Nathan Everets knows heartache first-hand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it's his fault. He should be the one lying in the hospital. The one who will never play guitar again. He doesn't deserve forgiveness, and a court-appointed job at the Blackwell B&B isn't going to change that...

Captivating and hopeful, this achingly poignant novel brings together two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt  looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness

The Review: An incredible story full of hope, Boys Like You is a heart-breaking read that is impossible to put down. 

Monroe Blackwell makes one mistake and everything changes with devastating results that has left her family a broken mess, struggling to move on with their lives. For Monroe, the guilt and pain eats away at her and she can’t find the means to take part in her normal day-to-day activities or even getting dress and out of bed. Spending time in Louisiana with her Gran might be just what her family think she needs, but Monroe disagrees. 

Nathan Everets makes one mistake and everything changes with devastating results that leaves his best friend fighting for his life in a coma and it’s all Nathan’s fault. Struggling to deal with his guilt, Nathan pushes everyone away. When he takes a job at a plantation, it’s there that he meets Monroe Blackwell and he realises that he may have found the one person who knows what he’s going through.

Together Monroe and Nathan come together and try to work through their pain – but it’s harder than they realize. 

I wish I’d read this sooner! It’s been sitting on my kindle for a good few months and now I’m kicking myself for not reading it SOONER! It is simply an amazing read, full of pain, angst and real life situations that make your heart ache. But it’s also a story about finding first love, moving on and above all else – hope, hope that something good can good from all the sadness. It’s not often that I read a YA Contemporary story that really moves me but this did and I really want you to go read it for yourselves.

I loved the dual narratives really worked great together and I absolutely loved both Monroe and Nathan. They are both dealing with so much and I was glad that together they could finally find some relief and peace. Their story is well written, swoon worthy and so sweet. It’d probably say it was for the more mature audience that read YA and I loved that the author held nothing back and everything fit so well within the story. I’d definitely say Juliana Stone could give the likes of Katie McGarry a run for her money because for me, this was definitely on par with that. 

In all, Boys Like You is a fantastic read and I really hope Juliana Stone writes more YA. I want more! 

Favourite Quote: "It had been so long since I'd let anyone touch me, let alone hold me like this. Like we were already a part of each other. "Are you done waiting?" "Yeah," he said throatily. "I am."

Thank you to Sourcebook Fire  for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review. 

4 comments:

alessya said...

Great review, just put it on my TBR! :)

Cindy said...

I wasn't expecting this deep story from the title, but great review! :)

Cali Willette said...

This book sounds really good and I like the quote. <3

Asma A.J said...

This sounds like an amazing read from your review! Definitely keeping it on my radar! Great review!