Saturday, January 26, 2013

Nobody But Us + Giveaway

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Blurb:
Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

My review:
This book was very emotional, and tough to read at times. There were things in it that weren't pleasant, but I think it was written in a way that made it beautifully portray the tragic lives of these two poor kids.
I really liked the alternating perspectives of the book. It really gave us better insight into what both Zoe and Will were thinking and feeling. I felt better connected to them, and to their stories. They really loved each other, and it became more and more evident as the book went on.
One thing that I did not like about the book was how fast it went. They were just always going. I felt like at times there was not much substance. It was all kind of the same, and then when something big did happen, they moved on from it really quickly. Parts of the book needed to be fast paced, but I would have liked more detail in other parts.
The ending. I am honestly still not sure if I like it or not. It was definitely not what I was expecting that's for sure. My first instinct was that I hated it, but as I think about it I think maybe it was a "good" way for this to end. I am not sure. I'll let you decide for yourselves.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

About the Author:
When I was little, I wanted to be a writer, the President of the USA or the first female NFL quarterback. Despite being able to throw a wicked spiral, I didn't really grow to the size needed for the NFL. Then, as I got older and studied more, I came to realize there were better ways to effect positive change than becoming president. The first one, however, stuck. Even when I was pursuing other dreams, I always took time to write here and there. NOBODY BUT US will be published by HarperChildren's in 2013.

When I'm not writing or reading (which is what I do all day, in all of my work), I'm spending time with pixies, my Mad Scot soulmate, and one grumpy cocker spaniel; traveling across oceans and time; cooking and baking up a storm and watching sunsets and waves crash on the beach. I currently live, love and explore in The Emerald City, though I occasionally make wispy, dream-like plans to move to New York, Paris or a Scottish castle one day (if just temporarily).

Official sites: http://www.kristinhalbrook.com/
Goodreads
https://twitter.com/kristinhalbrook

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