Emotional, Touching and Moving – Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

Posted 22 April, 2014 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 5 Comments

Emotional, Touching and Moving – Boys Like You by Juliana StoneBoys Like You by Juliana Stone
Published by Sourcebooks, Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2014-05-06
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Source: Publisher
5 Stars

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.

Sometimes you come across one of these rare gems in the book world. These books that you pick up with no exceptional expectations, but then you are suddenly completely sucked in and fell completely and utterly in love. That is what happened with me and Boys Like You!

These kids broke my heart! Now please make it whole again…

We know early on that both Nathan and Monroe have a horrible past, where both made mistakes that apparently had dire consequences. It will take us a while to figure out what exactly has happened that broke these two kids so completely that they are barely living anymore, until they find each other!

As I said in the beginning, this book broke me. I didn’t expected it to so incredibly emotional and touching, yet I was sucked into this book so completely, suddenly invested into Nathan’s and Monroe’s happiness.

When Love shines even in the darkest places…

Monroe and Nathan both are suffering from what they have done, they are completely sure whatever happened is all their fault and now they are living, grieving in a lake of guilt. It is heartbreaking to see them – it’s heartbreaking to see such young people suffering so much, paired with a feeling that they did not deserve any happiness anymore.

Monroe is send to her Grandmother when her parents have no idea what to do with her anymore, sending her away feels like the last straw to get Monroe back. But Monroe is refusing to heal, refusing to talk – but then she didn’t count on her Grandmother who is just the most amazing and wonderful person. I loved how she forced Monroe to get up  in such a subtle way, she was just perfect!

Then there is Nathan and also his story will break our little hearts! It brings me to tears both for Nathan and for what happened. Also Nathan can not move on alone. And then these two kids find each other and finally they have someone to trust, someone worth being happy for and finally, slowly the begin to heal together…


Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

Boys Like You by Juliana Stone is as heartbreaking as it is full of wonder, love and beauty! It’s a touching story full of grieve, heart ache and loss, but it also shows they way back to the light. Filled with strong characters and the most wonderful and sweet romance Boys Like You will break your heart and put it back together!

It’s a gem among the YA Contemporaries stories that I can’t recommend enough!



Don’t you love these books that surprise you so much? These books that you open, not expecting much but then are blown away? Boys Like You was that for me, and I hope many people will read Nathan and Monroe’s story! 

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