Title: Boys Like You
Author: Juliana Stone
Expected Release Date: May 6th
I received an advance copy from the
publisher through Netgally for an honest review
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.
My Rating: 3 Stars
What to say? I am seriously conflicted when it comes to this book. I wanted to love it, it sounded perfect, but in all honesty it fell a bit short for me. We have the two main characters Monroe and Nathan, both broken seemingly beyond repair. Monroe's little brother died on her watch and she blames herself, shutting out the world and falling so far that she attempts to end her life, she's sent to spend the summer with her grandmother to try and recover and what not. Then we have Nathan who got into a drunken car accident that left his best friend in a coma and him without a scratch. The thing is it's supposed to be these two acts that bring them together and kinda unites them against the world, you know? They save each other and while these two acts that brought them together aren't blown over and ignored I still wanted more. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong to want to see these characters suffer more than they all ready have but it's the truth. Even though these two things are in the background and acknowledged constantly, never forgotten, I still didn't feel like it was there enough, they have these big moments when they learn to live again and all this but we don't exactly SEE this, it's like we're told it and are just supposed to believe it like we're supposed to believe they are in love. I didn't hate it, it is still a good book but not quiet great.
The Wording - While their was nothing wrong with the writing some of the words that the author chooses to describe things made me cringe and roll my eyes a lot, everything was hot or sexy or tight and cringe worthy in my mind. This didn't make me hate the book or anything it was just a small annoyance and it probably wont even bother most people but it did me.
Monroe and Nathans relationship - I don't know what exactly I didn't like about it but the romance side felt a little fake and rushed and I don't know. I didn't swoon for them, you know?
The Relationships - Between Monroe and her gram mainly, I loved it and only wish there had been more moments between them.
Secondary characters - Their were some great secondary characters, Monroes Gram and Nathans friend Brent I loved them both. Even Rachel, Nathans ex, was a pretty interesting character.
Trevor - I loved hearing about him but I feel he was a bit overlooked, like you mainly hear about Nathans guilt not enough about the actual guy.
The Deep Stuff - Obviously these main characters have some problems they're both going through things and these are the parts that made me feel the most, I loved watching them work through everything and learn to forgive themselves.
Their Friendship - There were parts I loved about their relationship, the moments when they confide in each other and catch each other, I really did love those parts.
Overall - It's a good book, worth the read but not amazing and stunning and gut wrenching like I wanted it to be. I mean we have a nice heavy subject here, these two characters are broken because of these horrible mistakes they made and I feel like I should have felt more than I did for them and the situation.
Would I recommend it? Yeah. Not highly but if it sounds like something you would like then read it. It's not horrible and I am sure that many people will love it, just not me.
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