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A Pleasant Surprise!
Told from alternating POVs, Boys Like You is one of those stories that sucks you in, tugs on your heartstrings and doesn't let go until you've turned the final page. In fact, I was so immersed in Monroe and Nate's story that when I came to the Acknowledgements, I was a little disappointed ONLY because I wasn't ready to let these characters go yet. (There may have been tears.)
Both Monroe and Nate have experienced life changing tragedies, ones that could easily destroy them if they allowed it. But they're surrounded by people who love and care for them, people who refuse to let what has happened define them for the rest of their lives. (Gram Blackwell was a favorite of mine!)
Is there pain and sadness? Sure. But what's cool about this story is that this isn't a walk through the darkest part of Monroe and Nate's lives, they've already been through that. We get to see some of the bleakness but this story is what happens in the aftermath. It's the, "What happens now? How do I heal?" part. And Juliana Stone has done it so well!
When you've felt nothing but an empty void for so long, it can be hard to navigate feelings and desires, especially when it involves a person who somehow understands exactly how you're feeling. And the relationship that develops between Monroe and Nate is funny, tender and bittersweet. Are they perfect? Of course not. But their journey is an honest one filled with forgiveness, healing and hope.
For first impressions, I thought that this book was going to be darker than it actually was. I thought that the mistakes that Monroe and Nathan were realistic and felt that it could happen to anybody. Also I like that we almost immediately know what Nathan's secret is but Monroe's secret takes longer to find out.
This book is in split povs, so we get Nathan and Monroe's thoughts and feelings and I really liked that. I also liked how they reacted to each other when they first meet and throughout their relationship.
What I didn't particularly like in this book was the background characters. I felt that they were kind of stereotypical friends: the girl who parties all the time only to have deeply rooted problems, the boy's best friend that is laid-back, etc. I just didn't really like the background characters.
I liked the ending though. I thought that it wrapped up the novel nicely but also left some mystery as to what happens to Monroe and Nathan in the future.