Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on The Unloved Blog Tour. The tour is being hosted by the awesome ladies at AToMR Tours. You can find the complete tour schedule here. My stop includes my review and a tour giveaway.
Publisher: Jennifer Snyder
Publication Date: 7/30/12
Source: Received from author for tour.
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.)
A bittersweet story of the power of true love, The Unloved will leave you shaken, and hopeful.
The Unloved... it was quite a story. This heartbreaking, sweet book pulled me through the wringer, lifted me back up, sucker punched me, kicked me while I was down, then picked me back up, dusted me off, and hugged me. Sounds turbulent, yes? That's an understatement.
Rarely do you find a story as unflinchingly honest, and brutal, as The Unloved. Julie and Nick have been subjected to hard lives from a young age. Their friendship, based on comfort they could only draw from one another, reminded me a bit of Forrest and Jenny. I guess you could say they went together like peas and carrots.
It is a friendship that is cut short when Nick is sent away for his own protection. When he comes back to town, older and stronger, Nick's first order of business is to find his "Jules" and pick up where they left off. But Julie's life hasn't gotten better while Nick was away, and the stress has taken its toll on her. Julie isn't open to picking the friendship back up, she doesn't trust. Bit by bit, Nick works his way back into Julie's heart, but life has a way of getting in the way. Nick's family life is still far from ideal, and Julie still has to deal with her stripper mother's druggie lifestyle and the disgusting men she brings into her children's lives. Nick and Julie's road to happiness will not be easy, but love will always find a way.
From what I've said thus far, I'm sure you've picked up that The Unloved was not an easy read. The horrific moments Nick and Julie go through broke my heart. But...there were also moments that made me smile. Nick when he's getting through to Julie. Nick singing "Stupify", by the band Disturbed, to her (that moment earned Jennifer Snyder 10k bonus points!) Despite everything, The Unloved is ultimately a story in which love conquers all.
"I wanted to know her. I wanted to know who she was now, two years later. I wanted to know who she would be in the future. I wanted to always know her. Forever." (eARC, 26%)
"I felt my knees go weak from the intensity of his words and the heated gaze he held me immobilized with. Our lips met and I wasn't sure who had leaned in first, me or him, as my own lips surprised me with their needy aggression. Nick's lips slowed after a moment, forcing me to move mine beneath his at a far slower pace, and I ran my hands along the exposed muscles of his bare back." (eARC, 54%)
You can purchase The Unloved at:
Amazon | Amazon (Paperback) | Smashwords
There are two tour giveaways, courtesy of author Jennifer Snyder.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Connect with Jennifer at her:
blog | Twitter | GoodReads
I added The Unloved to my list and can not wait to go on the emotional roller coaster that I seek. Thanks for the great review. :)ReplyDelete
LOVE your review! Thanks so much for being a part of this tour!ReplyDelete
Awesome review! So glad you enjoyed it too!ReplyDelete
They went together like peas and carrots! OMG I love that! Totally teared up at the Forrest and Jenny reference.ReplyDelete
OMG I NEED this book, I know, I just KNOW that I will love it. And since our contemporary is pretty much perfect, I know I'll feel just like you. Awesome review!!
I love this review!! I want to read this book right this second after reading it. Like Jenni said, the peas and carrots and Forrest and Jenny references just make me want it more. This sounds so extremely emotional and touching. We tend to both really love the same books when it comes to this genre so I have no doubt I will totally love this one. Fantastic review babe!!ReplyDelete
Yes! I totally agree. The Unloved is not an easy read at all. I enjoyed it though. I tried to express that in my review, but you said it so much better than I did.ReplyDelete
Michelle @ Book Briefs
Great review babe! This was a really good read.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing and this sounds like a good one that is added to TBR list!!ReplyDelete
This book sound Ah-mazing! From the sounds of it, it reminds me of the emotional roller coaster I went on reading The Sea of Tranquility.ReplyDelete
It also sounds a bit like Sophie and Carter by Chelsea Fine - have you read that one? Very cute.
I'm off to go buy it now!
Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing and congrats to Jennifer on the release!ReplyDelete
This sounds like a heartwrenchingly beautiful story, Andrea. I love these types of stories. Wonderful review. :)ReplyDelete
I'm still reading this one but I am really loving it so far. I am a huge sucker for the friends turned more than friends stories.ReplyDelete
Awesome review. I am going to have to read this. I was reading Valerie's review yesterday, and now yours today, and now I am definitely getting this book.ReplyDelete
Wonderful review Andrea. The book sounds really good. I will be sure to have some tissues ready when I read this one, just in case :-)ReplyDelete
This one is on my TBR list and I'm eager to start it. I'll definitely make sure I have tissues available! Great review! :)ReplyDelete
This book does sound turbulent...and SEXY! :P Great review!ReplyDelete
O.o this sounds really good! What a fab review Andrea!ReplyDelete
Fabulous review! This sounds like an amazing story but also the kind of story where you need to be in the proper mindset to read. Deff adding this one to my TBR!ReplyDelete
This book sounds awesome. The review was great. I love the favorite quotes. Adding to my tbr pile for sure.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the great giveaway!
Thanks for sharing your review, seems like something I would enjoy..ReplyDelete
Great review, this sounds like a great read!ReplyDelete
Awesome review, really want to read the book now!ReplyDelete
This sounds amazing, Andrea! Wonderful review & thanks for hosting an int. giveaway :)ReplyDelete
The synopsis for this one perked my interest a while back. I was so thrilled when I found out you'd be reading it because you've convinced me quite a few times in the past to read this book or that (Midsummer's Nightmare, Sweet Sixteenth Century). If you say that this book is amazing then I definitely know it is. Fabulous review! Looks like when I buy this one I'll also need to buy a box of tissues. :)ReplyDelete
I bought this a couple of weeks back and can't wait to read it now. Awesome review. I like deep books and this one sounds like it!ReplyDelete