The Unloved by Jennifer Snyder is Julie Porter and Nick Owen story. I read this one because I was I due to review The Damned by Jennifer and when I picked it up to read, I discover it companion novel to The Unloved. As I can’t read books out of order, even if they can be read as a standalone I had to read The Unloved first, and I’m glad I did as I really enjoyed it.
“I learnt as a kid once you let people in they hold the power to disappoint you, upset you, break you"
Julie Porter didn’t have the best home life; her mother cares more about herself than her children. The only person who understands is her best friend and neighbour Nick Owen. Nick also doesn’t have the best home life; his alcoholic father physically abuses him almost every day. Over the years, Julie and Nick have learned to rely on and support each other. However, when Nick moves away, Julie is devastated, and has to learn to survive by herself.
"I felt like my soul had been killed while my body remained alive."
When Nick returns two years later all, he wants to do is protect his mother and take care of Julie, who he hasn’t stopped thinking about, but he soon realises that a lot has changed. To get close to Julie to show her, his true feeling he first, he has to break down the walls that she has built up.
“I wanted to know her. I wanted to know who she was now, two years later. I wanted to know who she would be in the future. I wanted to always know her. Forever”
“I’m broken more now than I ever was. I’m fucking unfixable, dirty, damaged, tainted, worthless, whichever name you want to use”
I enjoyed The Unloved it was well written, emotional, and heartfelt story one about love, trust, loss, hope. I loved the way Nick was with Julie he cares so much for her. He is determined to break down her walls, to see that she can trust him. I liked him they shared some touching moments. I hoped that together they could survive situations that are sadly very common today.
“Jules was mine. Always had been. Always would be”
“We were the unloved-you by your mom and me by my dad-and now it’s our time to finally be loved.”
Although a quick read, I didn’t feel it was rushed Jennifer’s writes in such a way that Julie and Nick’s story pulled me in from the started. All I want was then to get the happy ever after that they deserved. I will say that I’m so glad that I can move straight on to the next book The Dammed, as I’m worried about Julie’s younger brother Cole. I need to know what happens to him.
If you love Mature Young Adult then I would recommend this emotional book.
Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.
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