Review: Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

Boys Like You coverMonroe’s parents have sent her to her Gran in Louisiana for the summer in hopes that something will help bring her back to life. But Monroe is quite content to continue napping the days away, numb and not thinking, until the day that Nathan Everets interrupts her nap. Intrigued despite herself, Monroe knows better than to think a boy like Nate could be interested in her.

Nate is actually glad for his court-appointed job working for his uncle; without it, he would have too much time to think. Time to think about that night, and the biggest mistake he ever made. Time to think about what it cost Trevor. But when he meets Monroe, he sees something he recognizes.

As Nate and Monroe slowly share the broken pieces of their lives, they start to heal, start to feel again. Their lives were changed forever before they even met, but together they start taking steps into a new future.

Boys Like You is an achingly raw book. Nate and Monroe are both in a great deal of emotional pain, and with a less able writer, this could have been incredibly whiny and angst-ridden, but they come off the page as real, living, breathing teens dealing with impossible circumstances. I was glued to my Kindle until I finished. This book will appeal to fans of John Green, and any reader who enjoys realistic fiction with emotional depth.

Boys Like You will be released on May 6, 2014, and is definitely worth preordering.

Highly recommended for grades 10 and up — references to and depictions of underage drinking and recreational drug use, teenage sexual encounters, drunk driving, etc.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review. This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

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