Release Date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Sourecebooks Fire
Genre: Contemporary YA
If I hadn't fallen asleep.
If I hadn't gotten behind the wheel.
If I hadn't made a mistake.
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 firsthand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it's all 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...
There's No Going Back
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.
And the past can't be undone, but we can surely do our best to move forward and learn from our mistakes. -Grandma Blackwell
Like I was coming apart. Like if I didn't hold Monroe as close to me as I could, I would explode. -Nathan
I love Juliana Stone, she has a way of writing contemporary romance that really works for me. BOYS LIKE YOU is her first young adult contemporary novel and I've been wanting to read this since I featured it last May. I have to be honest though, I expected this one to be heavy on drama based on the blurb plus as angsty reads is the current trend, I thought JStone wanted a piece of the pie and jumped on the wagon as well. Happy to report that despite the tragic backstories, BOYS LIKE YOU didn't wallow on the sadness, rather it focused on the moving on part which I prefer.
BOYS LIKE YOU is set in a small Louisiana town where everyone knows everybody. Nathan Everets is the son of one of a prominent family, popular kid in school, handsome, a charmer, typical teenager but a good guy overall. Until one night when he made a bad decision which almost took the life of his best friend, Trevor. Since then, Nathan has been punishing himself as guilt eats him up all the while enduring the anger of Trevor's family and the judgment of some. He's lost and doesn't know what to do to amend his near fatal error or how to move on from it.
Monroe Blackwell has a similar backstory. She is vacationing with her grandmother after her brother's death which led to Monroe almost having a break down not to mention abusing prescription pills. Being with her grandmother at this time felt like a much needed change of scenery as things are getting too hard for Monroe to process straining her relationship with her parents, further alienating herself.
When their worlds collide it's obvious there will be some sort of bond that will be formed because of the commonalities that they have. It's kinda cute though because it's Monroe's grandmother, whom I love to bits, that played matchmaker and though at first they were just indulging her, Monroe and Nathan were eventually drawn towards each other and each helped the other move on from that dark time in their lives. BOYS LIKE YOU is a poignant story that's more about self forgiveness than angsty punishment. I especially love the realizations Monroe and Nathan had throughout this part of their lives and I must admit, there were scenes that made me tear up because of how touching it was. The character development was subtle but powerful and though I'm a skeptic when it comes of pairing up two broken people, somehow these two made it work.
I believe there's a sequel coming out next year and it features Trevor, Nathan's best friend, whom I've heard great things about, and this girl Everly. Naturally I'm looking forward to reading the next one because I'm sure that it'll be another great heartfelt read.