Sometimes the love our heart needs to heal can be found in the familiar eyes of a childhood friend…
Julie Porter learned the hard way that trust is something which must be earned and not something to be given out lightly, those who say they love you are those who hold the power to hurt you most, and best friends can help you survive anything—until they move away.
Nick Owen knows a thing or two about a hard life. At a young age Nick learned how to take a hit and to make lemonade out of the lemons life tossed his way. Returning home after nearly two years of being away, all Nick cares about now is protecting his mom from the abusive hands of his father and catching up with his best friend—the girl who lived across the street, the girl he can’t seem to stop thinking about.
Finally reunited after two years apart, Nick and Julie are about to learn that age does nothing to protect you from life’s trials and tribulations, heartache and loss, but maybe together they’ll find a way to survive.
(Mature Young Adult, contains violence, language, and sexual situations.)
The Unloved is one of those books where all of these awful things happen and in the midst of it all, a guy and a girl are just trying to find some happiness. I really was moved by the story. (I was just typing “I really enjoyed the story” but that isn’t really 100% accurate. A ton of awful, awful things happened to two really good people, and I didn’t enjoyed that, but The Unloved is a great book.) The Unloved drops you into the lives of Julie and Nick, and through all of the horrible things they have to endure, I was just wishing for them to get a happy ending. The Unloved is one of those books that makes you feel for the characters, and even though there is abuse and loss, there is also love and growth and a beautiful story about two beautiful people.
Let’s start with Julie. Man, talk about people having it rough. Poor Julie. I just felt so bad for her. I couldn’t believe that she blamed herself for everything, and that she assumed that everyone thought the worst about her. She was a total victim of her circumstances, and she was just doing the best she could.
Nick is just so unique. I don’t know quite how to describe him. He is patient and loyal. Brave and kind. He has this quite reserve surrounding him, but when it comes to someone he loves he will pretty much do anything for them. And he totally loves Julie. I could tell that from page one. I loved Nick even more than Julie.
The Unloved is my favorite Jennifer Snyder book that I have read so far. It is well written, and touching. It is so nice to see something good come out of a series of horrible things. I couldn’t stop reading The Unloved and I didn’t want to. I had to know what was going to happen them. It is just one of those books that gets to you. The Unloved got under my skin. Fans of the more gritty contemporaries and realistic fiction will like The Unloved.
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Andrea @The Bookish Babes
I laughed when your blog opened up, b/c I have The Unloved in my hand at this very moment! I skimmed over your review, since I haven’t finished or written mine yet, but I’ll come back to read it. I’m glad you enjoyed the story!
I had my eye on this one when it first came out. I like a deep story–one that touches you. So I’m hoping I win the giveaway so I can give this one a try. Great review! 🙂
Thanks so much for taking part in the tour! LOVED your review!
Thank you for the giveaway — really want to read it based on your review!
it sounds like a really good story – I could hear how moved you was in your review, and that just made me wanted to read the story even more.
Thank you for this giveaway 🙂
I could not be more obsessed with the New Adult category right now, so this book sounds right up my alley! And I totally get what you mean about enjoying the book, but not “enjoying” it per say because so many horrible things happen in it. But those kinds of books are the ones where characters have such an opportunity to have deep, introspective moments and you as a reader can really connect, which makes them such great reads. Thanks for the review and giveaway!! 🙂
I really enjoy it when I get emotionally invested in the characters of a book Thank you for sharing what sounds like a really good read 🙂
That sounds like an emotional roller coaster of story…
Thanks for sharing the review of what seems like a good book
I love books that just get under your skin. Julie and Nick sounds fantastic. Wonderful review.. I soooo want this book
Jenea @ Books Live Forever
I really loved your review and can’t wait to read it! Thanks for this awesome giveaway:)