Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Hardcover / eBook
Released: May 6th, 2014
For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart—leaving her empty and broken. There's a hole in her heart that nothing can fill. That no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her grandma isn't going to change that... Nathan Everets knows heartache firsthand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it's all his fault. He should be the one lying in the hospital. The one who will never play guitar again. He doesn't deserve forgiveness, and a court-appointed job at the Blackwell B&B isn't going to change that... There's No Going Back.
Boys Like You is a quick read but one that has a lot to say. It's about choices, loss, guilt and love - everything that has the power to make or break us. Told in a dual narrative it tells the story of Monroe and Nathan, two teenagers struggling with their pasts in the hopes of finding their futures.
Monroe and Nathan are both well-written characters, though they can take a while to warm to. Monroe is standoffish to start with, until Nathan slowly manages to get her to open up. Nathan is much the same, but his pain and heartbreak are a little easier to see due to the car crash that put his best friend in a coma being a recent event. Together these two help each other understand and heal, though they aren't the kind of protagonists who will instantly capture your heart.
Boys Like You could do with slightly more depth, but that's partly due to its fast pace and fairly short page count. It's a book that tries to do so much that at times it falls a little flat, before picking itself up and finding its feet again. Honest and realistic, it's a YA novel that will leave you thinking about many things, least of all what it must be like to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.
With Boys Like You, Juliana Stone has written a book that speaks to its target audience, covers serious issues and shows teenagers that life doesn't have to end when it takes a turn for the worst. It's a lesson we could all do with learning and one that will apply to everyone at some point in their lives. Boys Like You is a solid read with some room for improvement, but one to savour and enjoy nonetheless.