By: Melanie | April 28, 2014 | (22) Comments

Review: Boys Like You by Juliana StoneBoys Like You by Juliana Stone
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 288
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

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!~

2 Stars
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22 Responses to Review: Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

  1. Nice review Melanie! I have this book on my wishlist and I’m going to read it some day. =) Hope I have more luck than you lol.
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  2. I remember requesting this book and I’m actually quite glad I was rejected, I have a feeling I may have felt the same or dnf’d it. I can’t be dealing with people who can’t find healing in themselves and just have the support of others, the fact that you couldn’t remember their names is another screaming signal for me. Nuhuh, avoiding this one in the future, thank you for the review Mel! 🙂
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  3. I find the word “zing” to be annoying, haha! I don’t know why, but the synopsis really makes me want to read the book. I’m not into instant attraction. Att all. It pisses me off. So I’m now hesitant. I think we have similar tastes most of the time, Mel. So I’ll stay away from this one for now. Lovely review! <33
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  4. I’m sorry to hear that this was a disappointment, Mel. It does sound like the romance occurs a little too fast and that would bother me as well.
    Hopefully your next book is stronger!
    Great review.
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  5. Glass says:

    Ah, Mel… Don’t do that to me. 🙁
    I was really looking forward to this book, but now I have doubts. A lot of things you pointed out in your review would probably annoy me too.
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  6. Thanks for sharing – I hadn’t heard of this one. It does seem like they work through their issues only through each other, and that’s never a good thing.
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  7. My review for this is posting Thursday. I actually did enjoy it a little more than you, but I think it’s largely because I was just in the mood for a book like that. It was such a quick read and it kept me entertained, so I enjoyed it. I can see what you mean about the ending being “too simple”, and I would agree with that. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one more, Mel. Great honest review! 🙂
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  8. Candace says:

    Some of your issues are ones that might not bother me but I do get annoyed when they are constantly drooling over each other and it’s mentioned over and over how hot they are, etc. This wasn’t on my radar and I probably won’t get it, but I’d consider reading it in the future possibly.
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  9. Great review Melanie, Sometimes this type of read; one that doesn’t over power the reader but comfortably lulls us with an escape read is perfect.
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  10. Zoe N. says:

    *Sighs* It’s a shame when a book has to leave a mark like that – decent, but not entirely something that stands out or leaves its mark. Although, I can definitely see where you’re coming from. Love interests that constantly drool over each other? Nah, I’m good…I’ve had enough of that already!

    I think this is going to be a miss for me because of everything you’ve mentioned. Regardless, thanks so much for sharing Mel, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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  11. Giselle says:

    Hahaha the electricity line makes me laugh in its ridiculousness every time! “we touched and I felt sparks” eeh maybe you should get that checked, dude! >.< This sounds like it's a bit fluffy and idealistic but it sounds like one I would like if I go into it with the right mindset – sometimes you just need this kind of mindless read you know. Ooh and the whole mentioning his hotness constantly irks me! It was a problem for me in the last Pushing the Limits book if I remember right. Or maybe the before last one. Yeah the one with Beth!!
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    • Melanie says:

      Feeling sparks always ruins the moment. It was a pretty decent part in the novel until that line had to come along. Ooh I believe you’re talking about Dare You To. 🙂

  12. I think “instant attraction” is normal, “instant love” isn’t. I guess this type of book should be read when a good mood strikes, yeah? Lovely review, Mel!
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  13. Melliane says:

    oh no… so unlucky! I didn’t know this one I confess but I know about the author and I heard so many great things about her. I think I have a book by her in fact but still haven’t read it. Sorry this one didn’t work for you lady.
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  14. Oh Mel you are absolutely hilarious, have I mentioned how I love your reviews? Well I do! Boys Like You sounds awfully convenient and the way how both of the MC’s focus on the each others appearance? Can we say shallow everyone, like I know you are attracted let’s move on! Lovely review as always <3
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  15. Romi says:

    Eh, sorry this one didn’t work out, Melanie! It sounds like I would have felt fairly similar about it, especially when it sounds like the characters have to rely fairly heavily on each other to fight the difficulties they face, because I don’t know I would feel that any demons would be reliably fought if they weren’t fought by the person who faces them. Maybe I’m misunderstanding what happens, though. Anyway, I hope you have a better next read!
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  16. Doesn’t sound like my kind of read at all. You pointed out things that would usually tick me off in a book. I like strong characters who can stand on their own two feet. What’s there to learn if in the end you have to rely on someone else to do the work for you? Not saying dependence is bad; there are times support groups are necessary, but our demons are our demons. We have to face them, charge at them, and learn from them. Just like how will you learn about a lesson in school if you cheat… right?

    Great review!
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    • Melanie says:

      Yeah, exactly. You can only learn and grow from learning by yourself. Someone doing the hard work for you is not gonna get you anywhere

  17. I agree that characters should be able to learn to deal with their demons by themselves. I’ve been seeing too many books where the love interest makes everything better. I usually get ticked off by such books. I mean there’s nothing wrong with a little help, but the character should also learn to find himself or herself.
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