Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

Boys Like You by Juliana StoneAvailable: May 6, 2014 Amazon/B&N

Type: YA Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

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.

Everything changes in a heartbeat. It’s a lesson hard learned by Nathan when his drunk driving seriously injures his best friend while he walked away pretty much unscathed. Now banned from his friends bedside by grieving parents and without a car, Nathan works off his misery with his uncle doing hard labor.

Monroe knows all about things changing in an instant. Even moody and distant she instantly feels a connection with the good looking but somber guy working around her grandmothers house. He pulls her out of her comfort zone and soon she’s feeling things she has no business feeling. Especially for a guy who has a girlfriend….

I should start off saying that it’s very rare for me to read a young adult novel. Call me the smut queen but I generally need more heat than what a young adult book can give me. Yet when Juliana Stone told me she was writing a young adult, I knew I wanted to check it out as fast as I could get my hands on it. What I found in between the pages was a poignant love story and the journey of two people who heal each other over the course of a hot southern summer.

Nathan has been punishing himself with backbreaking labor in an attempt to purge his soul of the gut wrenching guilt he feels over the car wreck that landed his friend in a coma. When he shows up to paint a fence he’s expecting an elderly lady but what he gets is the moody Monroe. He knows she’s hiding behind her own pain but she refuses to open up and tell him what…even after they get closer and he shares his story. He was infinitely patient  with her even when she’s being pretty bitchy there in the beginning.

What I loved most about Monroe was how loyal she becomes to Nathan and how she fights for him and confronts those who won’t let him make amends. Both of them have such heartbreaking but relate-able stories and the way love draws them together is almost painfully sweet. I found myself not missing the sexual element because Stone weaves a story that makes you forget everything else but the characters she’s created. The chemistry between Nathan and Monroe was off the charts when they get to be alone together. Both of them had issues to work through but Stone does them justice and there are no easy fixes for either.

Boys Like You is a definite winner and one of my favorites by Stone now…although I say that with each book she releases…

I give Boys Like You by Juliana Stone 4 stars! 

 

 

 

 

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