The Unloved by Jennifer Snyder
Pub Date: July 28, 2012
My Copy: eBook, 202 pages
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.
This book definitely surprised me. I was expecting just a cute little love story that would merely be a joyous journey through these characters finding their love for each other. But, what I didn’t expect was the love story being darkened by their horrible home lives. What a mix of emotions brought on by this book! One minute I’m all happy and enjoying seeing the romance unfold and the next my heart is being wrenched out. This novel is so much more than a love story — it has very dark elements that just break your heart.
The characters are extremely well done. There is a lot of depth to both main characters, Julie and Nick. Both have horrible home lives and just want to escape those lives and be happy together. But, they find it very difficult. Julie’s mom is a stripper and a drug user, who always has a new boyfriend in the house. The majority of the boyfriends are creeps who try to take advantage of Julie. Nick has an abusive alcoholic as a father, who constantly beats him and his mom. There is so much depth to these characters and, if you read this book, you will find your heart breaking for them so many times throughout the book.
The writing quality is decent enough. There are quite a few mistakes, but I’ve seen worse. Snyder’s story-telling abilities, however, are very good. She has a way of making the story seem very realistic and makes the reader feel deeply for these poor kids. The story is told through the POV of both Julie and Nick, alternating with the chapter changes. I liked this aspect, as it allows the reader to see into the minds of both characters.
Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I was going to. I would recommend this book to mature young adult and adult readers who are fans of realistic YA fiction. I can’t get over the unexpected dark qualities of this book and how they darkened what should have been a happy love story. This story sends its readers on an emotional roller coaster ride! Poor Nick and Julie — it seemed as though nothing could go right for them! I just want to go on and on about how sad these kids’ home lives were and how sad it is that these things actually happen in real life…but, I will stop now and let you read the book to see for yourself!
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