Nobody But Us
Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.
They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.
Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger….
When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.
Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love…and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.
“Beautiful, heartbreaking and exhilarating” – that’s what I expected from this story and I went in with really high hopes..
Two Broken Kids Running Away
Actually, I loved the idea. Zoe comes from a broken family where she’s constantly beaten by her dad. To save her, foster kid Will who is a few years older “saves her by running away with her.. Zoe really needed someone who takes care of her, but instead of this being a grown-up someone who can actually help her. She chooses Will to be her savior.
Will also had not an easy life and got into trouble constantly. But when he meets Zoe she becomes the center of his universe and he wants to do everything to save her and get her a life she deserves!
The should be good for each other… just… they are not!
Initially, I was rooting and cheering all for Zoe and Will. But, the longer they are on the run the more we learn about Will and we realize he’s not what it seems. He has a good heart, truly deep inside he has a good heart but he never learned how to deal with problems other than using his fists. I was part repulsed by him and part of me wanted to hug him and show him the right way to deal with things.
Those two kids together was just poison. Instead of them rescuing each other, they just get into deeper problems and they soon reach a point with no turning back. The more I read, the more confused I got by the direction this story headed.
I hoped for a beautiful story full of hope and redemption and about two kids who in the end save each other and find a new way of living.
There is a lot of sadness…
…in this story. And I think this was my major concern.. Also, I was really disturbed by their choices. I know they are kids and are supposed to make mistakes but sometimes I was thinking they were lacking any common sense. The more the story progressed the more shocked I became….
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook could have been a really great story about two sad broken kids who save each other. But, it was quite the opposite. It was a story about kids making bad choices, lack common sense and in the end do not save each other but make everything just … worse. I’m sure, readers who can enjoy bittersweet ending might find this book appealing. Sadly, It wasn’t a book for me..