Welcome to my stop on The Unloved blog tour by Jennifer Snyder hosted by YA Bound. Click HERE to see the rest of the blog tour schedule!
Release Date: 07/30/12
Summary from Goodreads:
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.)
5 of 5 Unloved
The Unloved is a heart and gut wrenching story that will leave you breathless. I can't stress enough to readers that this is one of those YA books that takes you on such a roller coaster of nerves and biting your nails because you have two broken teens just trying to survive a terrible life the cards have dealt them. I love the statement you don't chose who your parents are because you are born to them. This statement is so true in this case ad what you will read will bring you to tears of joy and tears of sadness at the level of abuse these two will face.
Julie Porter is just trying to survive life and take care of her siblings. Her mother is a stripper and a drug addict also addicted to idiot men who come and go and take what they want and when they are done they leave. So Julie is left with the aftermath of men in and men out that are strangers and she has to protect herself from some of these pigs. Julie has hardened her heart towards the world and does not plan on letting anyone in except her best friend Nick. See Julie and Nick know what it is like to have to deal with pain because Nick is suffering from his own personal hell.
Nick Owens is just trying to survive one more night without being the punching bag for his father. He tries so hard to keep his distance and do everything just right so he does not receive the wrath of his father. But doing that is never enough and his mother is afraid of his father so she finally sends Nick away to save him. For two years Nick and Julie are separated and life throws them some curve balls but Nick is determined to get back to his mother and Julie.
When Nick comes back what he finds with Julie crushes him because she is not the same Julie of two years ago. She has closed her heart and trusts no one. She keeps to herself and is living life like a shell. Nick is determined to get through those barriers and break down Julies walls because he loves her and wants to be with her and take care of her. No matter what they suffer or go through he will take care of her. The only thing is is Julie ready to let those walls down and chance getting hurt again? Or will she just remain the shell of a girl she is?
Nicks motto is when life throws you lemons you make lemonade. Will they make it together or will Julie keep sucking on lemons? This is such a must read story of love loss and love gained that I laughed and cried reading it but in the end I really loved it!
About the Author:
I live in a small town nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband and two small children. Growing up, I was always an avid reader. My mother spent way too much money on R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike books!
Writing a novel of my own wasn't something I'd ever given much thought to. It seemed like an unobtainable, far-fetched dream. Then, in late 2007, I attempted to put pen to paper for the first time. What came out wasn't pure gold. And what came out next wasn't either. Things didn't work that way for me. I had to write and rewrite and learn more about my 'voice' as an author first.
It took me a while to find that. Roughly about two years.
I did make a stab at going the traditional route to getting a novel of mine published, but it didn't work out. Some might say I gave up too quickly, some might not. You can look on the 'For Writers' tab to read my post on why I went the way I did to hear the full story.
I will say, I don't regret my decision to Self-Publish. It was right for me. I'm loving that fact that I am able to still be a stay-at-home-mom even though my kids are both now in elementary school. I thank my readers for that. Seriously, a million times over I thank you!
SHATTERED SOUL was my debut novel and no, you haven't seen the end of me yet...
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