In this exquisitely written, emotionally charged young adult debut, Jennifer Gilmore explores the bond that is formed between a hospitalized girl and the secretly troubled boy she falls in love with.
Did you know your entire life can change in an instant?
For sixteen-year-old Lizzie Stoller that moment is when she collapses, out of the blue. The next thing she knows she’s in a hospital with an illness she’s never heard of.
But that isn’t the only life-changing moment for Lizzie. The other is when Connor and his dog, Verlaine, walk into her hospital room. Lizzie has never connected with anyone the way she does with the handsome, teenage volunteer. However, the more time she spends with him, and the deeper in love she falls, the more she realizes that Connor has secrets and a deep pain of his own . . . and that while being with him has the power to make Lizzie forget about her illness, being with her might tear Connor apart.
I was able to read an ARC copy of this book from Around The World ARC Tours and I have to say thank you thank you so much for introducing this book for tour. I love a good story that has it's regular ups and downs but this story took it to a new level that had me hooked right from the start. It took me a few days to read it because I had been sick but every second I could read I was reading it.
We get to meet Lizzie Stoller who is at summer camp when she gets sick. She is not sure what is wrong with her but she keeps getting a stomach ache and vomiting. So she goes to the camp infirmary to rest and wait for her mother to come and get her. As she is there she goes in and out of consciousness and ends up going to the top notch hospital for tests. Her mother is right by her side and she could not be any happier.
It is there at the hospital she meets Connor and his dog Verlaine. When she first meets him she sends him away because she is in pain and has not showered or washed her hair so she sends him out because in her words she is disgusting. But soon the two have a friendship and are doing things together. Then something happens to Connor and Lizzie doesn't know what happened to him and when she finds out she is both mad and sad because she isn't sure she knows who this boy is.
Once Connor had it all and one night changed that for him and since then he has been living a lie. Once his truth comes out he has no choice but to tell Lizzie the truth and hope for the best. Will Lizzie forgive Connor or will she turn her back on him?
About The Author:
Jennifer Gilmore's gilmore YA debut, We Were Never Here, will be published in June by Harper Teen. She is also the author of the adult novels, The Mothers, which is currently being adapted for film, Something Red and Golden Country, a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Jewish Book Award.
Her work has appeared in magazines and journals including The Atlantic, Bomb, BookForum, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, Real Simple, Salon, Tin House, Vogue and the Washington Post.
She has been a MacDowell Colony fellow and has taught writing and literature at Barnard College, Cornell University, the New School, New York University, and Princeton University. Currently she is a visiting lecturer at Harvard University.
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