Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire on May 6, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Debut Author Challenge, 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge, 2014 YA Contemporary Challenge
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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.
“She splashed me again, this time filling the air with laughter. ‘I don’t know why you’re trying, Nate. I don’t do stuff like that. Not with boys like you.’ ‘Hey,’ I said with a grin. ‘Should I feel insulted? What do you mean, boys like me?’ ‘You know,’ she said softly. ‘Boys who can make a girl forget.’”
“With his longish hair and that little bit of stubble on his chin, he looked dangerous. He looked hot. And though he looked perfect, I knew he was as un-perfect as I was. We were damaged, the two of us, in ways not a lot of people could understand. And for the first time since all the bad stuff had happened to me, I didn’t feel so alone.”
Boys Like You was an emotional read. It followed Monroe and Nathan as they were both individually dealing with tragedies that changed their lives forever. Monroe is at her grandmother’s house, her parents having sent her there thinking that it would help her recover. And Nathan was in his hometown dealing with the fact that he ruined someone’s life. This novel was more an emotional journey than anything. Both characters were on the verge of depression with no light ahead until they met each other. I really enjoyed seeing their heartfelt struggle to move towards the light at the end of the tunnel of despair they were both stuck in. I felt like I had person stake in their recovery. This novel made me feel.
The thing I liked most about this novel was the emotion we felt from the characters. It was written in dual POV: Nathan’s and Monroe’s. We got to personally see what they were thinking and the emotions and guilt they were shouldering. The first person views really gave the novel a personal feel to it that was essential to understand the characters.
“Treading water, I turned around and I think I might have yelped when I spied Nate so close to me, his head about water as he watched me intently. I wished he didn’t make me feel so nervous. I didn’t nervous. It meant that I wasn’t in control, and ever since that awful night, the one I don’t like to talk about or remember, I was all about being in control.”
Monroe felt guilty. That was what was really apparent about her character. She felt immeasurable amounts of guilt for her part in the tragedy that occurred. I sympathized with her character. She wasn’t a bad person. She was closed off to the world. She was quiet and kept to herself. But once we saw her open up she became a fun character. I liked both sides of her and felt that her personality was real. I could relate to her. She was unbelievably strong.
“For the first time in a long time, I realized I was looking forward to something and it was all because of the girl inside the car. The girl with the gray/green eyes. The girl with secrets and pain and something inside her that felt familiar. It was something that was close to what was buried inside my chest. Inside my head and heart. And I thought that, for the first time since the accident, I didn’t feel so alone. And that was nice for a change.”
Nathan was also feeling guilt but his guilt was pressing down on him ten times harder. He saw things to remind him of his mistake every single day. He, too, was closed off. He stopped playing music, something that he loved, because of this guilt. He isolated himself. Like Monroe, once you got to see beyond the guilt, you couldn’t help but love his character. He was selfless and regretful and learned from his mistake. I hated seeing him blaming himself for something that he could not change.
The romance in this novel was not slow-coming. But the novel didn’t revolve so much around the romance as much as the emotional connection between the two of them. They could relate to each other because they were feeling the same emotions. They were insistent on pulling each other out of the holes they were sinking deeper and deeper into. First Monroe, then Nathan. They had healing powers that flowed through their connection and helped both of them. They were really well put together. They also allowed each other reprieve: they had fun with each other, some thing they hadn’t let themselves feel previously. They healed each other and it was heartwarming to read.
Boys Like You was an emotional novel about the weight of guilt suffocating two teens and their struggle to help each other through it. Heartwarming and tear-inducing, Boys Like You is one you don’t want to miss.