Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Nobody But Us
Good Reads Summary
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

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 Thoughts
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Yeah ... there’s something missing in this one.

The girl reads young and undefined so that when went from one extreme of being afraid of her shadow to another extreme of hitting her boyfriend and committing crimes way well, there’s little time for to adjust and picture her doing any of it. I found her unbelievable.

The guy too read too much It’s all about the girl for him…. and it’s this intensity that leads to him not quite thinking things through. Worse, it’s the both of them that don’t really think things through. There’s also an uncomfortable way he’d slot them certain roles, too. In his book she’s the smart one, and he’s what?  Not that. There’s a sad lack of belief in self in the boy… but it’s an understandable thing too. So that to him he feels he really has nothing… just the girl. From that point, things just go from one bad choice to another.

There’s an intensity between the two that’s believable. Young love, it’s intense… and stupid-making. They’re young they say… it’s him for her and her for him and devolves into this us against the world… literally. Up until that point, I was buying how into each other they were… him wanting to save her and her wanting to be saved.

Things did get better though…. I respected the moments of thought on her part, her fear of ending up like her mother, then her about face… her resolve to not be so.  That one positive aside, this was overdone, on the boy’s part, but lacking on the girl’s.

Thank you Edelweiss!

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