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Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

Posted by Caitie F on May 7, 2014

Title: Boys Like You 18215057
Author: Juliana Stone
Hardcover: 288 pages
Pub Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

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…

Review:

There is so much fantastic contemporary fiction this year. Some are fun summer books with romance and happiness. Some are like this, full of heartache and what-if.

Both Monroe and Nathan have baggage. The worst kind of baggage you can have and they have a summer to try to come to terms with it. It isn’t easy. It is some of the hardest things either will ever have to do. It is real. It is genuine because things happen and people get hurt.

But forgiveness will come, not from just the others, most importantly from themselves.

This is such a moving book, but it isn’t just a serious and sad book. There is some romance. But it isn;t your love at first sight romance, it is more the getting to know you over time romance, the kind that feels authentic and true.

This isn’t the book to take to you to the beach this year, but it is a book you should read if you want to read about characters that feel as real as your closest friends.

 

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