Monday, February 18, 2013

Review: Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Nobody But Us
Nobody But Us
Author: Kristin Halbrook
Genre: YA contemporary romance, road trip
Format read: Kindle version


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.


This book was absolutely amazing. When I first picked it up, I wasn't expecting such a heart-breaking, emotional and beautifully told story.

Zoe and Will both have hard lives. Since Will's mother has abandoned him when he was a baby, he's been moving from one foster-home to another, never finding his place. He never felt loved or cared for. All he wanted to do when he turned 18 was to run far, find himself a better future and never come back.
15-year-old Zoe has always lived in fear because she could never know what will irritate her abusive father and cause him to hit her. She always walked around with bruises on her face and just tried to ignore them and continue her life.
Will and Zoe decide to leave their state - North Dakota, and make all the long way to Vegas to start a new life together there. This book describes their trip, a trip that will change everything. Can they run away from their pasts?

The relationship between Will and Zoe was very unusual - it was like nothing I've ever seen before in a YA book. The two of them were very different from each other and it looked like they can't make a good match. Despite that, they became a very strong couple, and I think it was because each one has managed to fill the needs of the other.
Zoe was sensitive and couldn't stand up for herself. All she needed was someone to love her and to protect her like the father she never had. I could see how Will became like a father to a her - he did anything a could to keep her safe and always thought about her first.
Will, from the other side, needed someone to keep him steady. He had a tendency to outburst and to go into violent fights without thinking. Zoe, who was more careful, balanced him.
Overall, their relationship was very sweet and positive. But there were some times when I felt like something is off about the way they treat each other, and especially Will. He was a little possessive and over-protective, and sometimes his influence on Zoe wasn't good. [SPOILER: That is why I agreed with the decision she made at the end]
I loved reading about their complicated relationship and it was my favorite part of the book.

This book was very well written - it was fluent and easy-to-read. The story was told from two POVs - Zoe's and Will's. The switch between the two POVs was done very well, and it made me like the book even more. It was very interesting to read how both the main characters felt and how they reacted differently to situations.

When the book started, I had no idea in which direction the plot would go. There were many problems mixed together, and I thought that the author is going to choose one of them to focus on. But somehow, the author took the story to somewhere else entirely and made the plot very creative and original.
The end was stunning! It broke my heart!! I really can't believe the author could think of such an ending to this book. I can't say much because I don't want to spoil the book for you, but be sure it turned this book into an absolute tearjerker.

This book was excellent and I highly recommend it to people who are looking for a deep, emotional read.

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22 comments:

  1. Hey, thanks for checking out my blog and following! Following you back!!!

    Angela @ The Little Blue Pig

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  2. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. I am following you.
    I haven't read this book but sounds good, I hope I have time to read it soon

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  3. Great review. I have been curious about this with one. The reviews are a little back and forth, so I am glad I found someone who liked it. I really want to read it. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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    1. I saw a couple of 1 star reviews of this, but I have decided to read it anyway. I am so glad I did XD

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  4. I haven't read this yet but I think I'd like to meet Zoe some day. Fantastic review <3

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    1. Zoe was a very interesting character!! Thank you (:(:

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  5. Oh, I can't wait to read this one! The relationship sounds fantastic as does the book in whole. Great review!

    Thanks for commenting on my post and becoming my 400th follower :)

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      Thanks for dropping by :D

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  6. New follower here! Glad to know you enjoyed this one, I'm not exactly a fan of contemporary but I've been reading a lot more now thanks to the blog. I'll be sure to add this to my list. Thanks for dropping by our blog!

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    1. I am sure that this one will appeal to anyone, even people who usually don't read contemporary. Thank you for the follow (:

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  7. I keep seeing this book reviewed and while it's very intriguing, I'm not sure I can handle the tragic ending. It is interesting that amidst the sweet relationship are red flags and issues that make you question it. That really fascinates me. I will definitely keep it on my radar and consider it for later. Thanks for following! I followed back.

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  8. Hey,
    Great Review. I will make sure to look out for it next time I go to the bookstore. I've just discovered your fabulous blog and I am now following. I would love it if you could check out mine. Happy Reading.

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    1. Thank you (:
      You're not following.. I can't see your name there...

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    2. Oh sorry, brain freeze. I thought I pressed follow on my slow phone. But I am following now. I have also nominated you for The Reader Appreciation Award because I think your blog is great. For more details go here: http://asupersunnyspot.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-awards.html

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    3. I am not doing awards right now but thank you anyway (:
      Followed you back!

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  9. Hi Sapir thanks for dropping by my blog. I havent heard of this book before but it sounds so good. glad you loved it. x

    -Lalaine

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  10. I do love emotional reads and I like that this couple isn't that cookie-cutter happy couple. I'll have to check it out someday. Great review! :)

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