by Jennifer Snyder
Publication Date: July 30th 2012
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary Romance
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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.)
This book really surprised me. I thought it would be a sweet romance book about two people finding their way to each other after two years, but it was much more. It deals with a lot of problems, from abusive parents to drug addiction.
Nick and Jules have been best friends since they were little kids and always protected and helped each other out, but Nick moves away when he was 15. Now they're both 17, and Nick is back. It takes some time until the two pick up where they left and soon they are both having romantic feelings.
The book is told from both Nick and Jules' POV so we know what's going in their heads at all times. They both had a really rough childhood. Nick had an abusive father who kept beating up him and his mom, and Jules' mom was a drug addict striper who liked changing her partners every few weeks. Like I said, I didn't expect this book to be so hard, and it made me really sad to see what were they going throught, but that made them stronger.
The romance was the complete opposite, it was sweet. I always love romances that develop between two best friends. Jules had a hard time letting Nick become closer to her because she was affraid one of them would get hurt in the end. And she was right, they did get hurt, but in the end, they found their way to each other.
This is a quick read, but it contains so much elements. At some times you think your heart will break, and then at some moments you're really happy and think everything will be okay. Fans of contemporary novels will for sure enjoy this one.
I live in a small town nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina with my husband and two small children. Growing up, I was always an avid reader. My mother spent way too much money on R. L. Stine and Christopher Pike books!
Writing a novel of my own wasn't something I'd ever given much thought to. It seemed like an unobtainable, far-fetched dream. Then, in late 2007, I attempted to put pen to paper for the first time. What came out wasn't pure gold. And what came out next wasn't either. Things didn't work that way for me. I had to write and rewrite and learn more about my 'voice' as an author first.
It took me a while to find that. Roughly about two years.
I did make a stab at going the traditional route to getting a novel of mine published, but it didn't work out. Some might say I gave up too quickly, some might not. You can look on the 'For Writers' tab to read my post on why I went the way I did to hear the full story.
I will say, I don't regret my decision to Self-Publish. It was right for me. I'm loving that fact that I am able to still be a stay-at-home-mom even though my kids are both now in elementary school. I thank my readers for that. Seriously, a million times over I thank you!
SHATTERED SOUL was my debut novel and no, you haven't seen the end of me yet...
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