Boys Like You
May 6, 2014
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.
Aside from my great love for Juliana Stone, all this chatter about diversity in reads has reached my cave. And though that's another discussion entirely, BOYS LIKE YOU is a book that answers to that call. See why you should add this to your TBR.
Congrats on your YA debut, BOYS LIKE YOU! You're known to write very emotional and sexy romances, was there a notable difference in terms of writing for a different set of audience?
JULIANA STONE: Thank you!!! I’m so excited about this YA!! As for the differences, it’s a bit of a different mind set and not every author has a voice for YA. So, first off voice is important…you don’t want the book to sound as if it’s an adult TYRING to sound like a teen. Secondly, the issues are different and teens don’t have the coping mechanisms that most adults do, so that’s interesting. Seeing how they deal with situations. I wanted to write a book about real teens with real issues, but the core message, love, acceptance being true to yourself, those themes are in adult books as well, just told a bit differently!
It is very subtle, the voice, but I've read books where the age & "voice" of the character doesn't align so that's a great point. So why write a YA novel now and not sooner? What inspired you two write YA and BOYS LIKE YOU?
JULIANA STONE: I was focused on my adult books for several years, learning the craft etc. I don’t think I had the chops for YA back when I first started, because as I mentioned earlier voice is so important AND writing in first person is very different from third. I took a stab at this young adult contemporary because I wanted to write something my daughter and her friends could read. Luckily I found an agent who loved the book and we sold it!
That's a great starting point, if your daughter can read it then surely other teens can too. Can you tell us more about BOYS LIKE YOU, is this stand-alone or is it part of a series?
JULIANA STONE: BOYS LIKE YOU is a stand alone novel, however, my next YA is a companion of sorts in that it features one of the characters who appears in this novel. The basic premise is that of two teens who’ve made some bad choices and/or decisions, both with tragic consequence. It’s about learning to own your mistakes, learning to forgive yourself and it’s about first love.
When I read "poignant" on the blurb, I instantly think "tearjerker". Will we need a reading kit for BOYS LIKE YOU?
JULIANA STONE: I do tend to write dark and angsty, and this book made my mom cry, so yes, there is that element. But there’s also some lighter moments, some swoon-worthy moments and I hope that I’ve balanced it out!
I'm not one for angsty reads but given the nature of BOYS LIKE YOU I think I'll make an exception. That and I love your work too. Finally, please do a shameless hard sell for BOYS LIKE YOU.
JULIANA STONE: BOYS LIKE YOU will make you cry, laugh and ache for Monroe and Nathan! So buy it today!!!! See what the fuss is all about!
Thanks for stopping by again, Juliana, always a pleasure to have you at Talk Supe!
Juliana Stone’s love of the written word and 80s rock, have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes dark paranormal romance as well as Contemporary Romance and spends her days navigating a busy life that includes, a husband, kids, a dog and a cat.
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