Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
Boys Like You isn’t a bad read. It’s gratifying and the characters are not particularly irksome, the story line is engaging enough to keep you till the very end and the romance is relatively sweet. Not particulary, engaging enough, relatively: I use these words because nothing here is really meeting the full potential. I have quibbles with every aspect in Boys Like You, but taking a step back and under a less critical eye, this is a decent novel about two broken teens who find love and recovery through each other.
And that’s just exactly that. Two teens who recover from their dark pasts by leaning on each other. That’s real sweet, but that’s just not realistic. It might have been true for what, 7 out of 1000 people but you want to read a book that feels genuine and feels like something you can possibly relate to. This novel was not that. Boys Like You is told by the two love interests, Monroe and Nathan. Monroe went to live with her Gram for the summer in hopes that she would be able to recover from the tragic incident that damaged her family. Nathan is still reeling from the accident that sent his best friend, who he loved like a brother, to hospital. He’s still in a coma. And his family blames Nathan. He was meant to be the responsible one, yet he failed to deliver this time.
The characterisations in Boys Like You were authentic. I could definitely empathise for each of the characters’ dark and mistake-ridden tragedies. Monroe has a snarky personality and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Nathan might seem like a player but his heart is loyal once he can find it. What annoyed me was how both Monroe and Nathan had to mention how gorgeous or hot the other looked in pretty much every chapter. He’s hot, she’s fucking beautiful. That’s nice. Let’s get on with the plot now. But no. Sure, of course you can talk about how people are staring at Monroe for more than 3 times. Once is enough. We know English. Therefore, once is enough.
I am so so about the romance. In my view, it moved too quickly. Their first kiss is quite early on in the novel. And there is instant attraction. And then there’s this line:
Our fingers touched briefly, and I liked the little zing that shot through me.
And like I aforementioned, I wanted to see the characters deal with their demons by themselves. Also, I was especially not happy how Monroe healed in the end. I won’t go into any details of how as that would be spoiling it. But seriously, it felt way too simple.
To sum up, I found Boys Like You to be an alright read but I know that it won’t be leaving a mark. I had to check Goodreads for the names of the main characters even though I only just finished this novel. It still has notable themes and morals, but I think the execution with novel in general could have had a harder try.
~Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for sending me this copy!~
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