Back to You

Back to You

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by Priscilla Glenn
     
 

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When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of… See more details below

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When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael's past prove to be too much to overcome?

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
First love between two unlikely teenagers comes full circle in this second-chance, friends-to-lovers debut from Glenn. Good-natured high school freshman Lauren Monroe can't get bad boy Michael Delaney out of her head. She's heard all the warnings of her fellow classmates, and she's even witnessed some of his rage in health class, where he flipped over a desk on the first day of school. But she can't shake the feeling that there is depth and reason behind his outlandish actions, and an unlikely friendship grows. He likes that she never asks him about which rumors are true, and she likes that she gets to know him in a way that no one else has. So it's no surprise when she slowly starts to fall in love with him. After sleeping together (her first time), Michael convinces himself that leaving town after graduation and never talking to her again is the best option for the future. Though he loves her, his past has damaged his ability to connect, and he feels he isn't good enough for her and will only let her down. Flash forward eight years. Lauren lives in a new town, and at her first day teaching day care, Michael shows up out of the blue with his enrolled 4-year-old daughter, Erin. Reluctant to dredge up the past or confront her feelings, they fall into a professional rhythm. But though Lauren begins dating her chiropractor, she can't forget her past with Michael. It's as hard to write a realistic, nonschmaltzy love story as it is to tell any other kind. Glenn not only succeeds here, but flourishes at making her characters both believable and engaging. Just as Nicholas Sparks did with The Notebook, Glenn tells the story of rekindled first love with a deft touch. Romance fans will devour this standout story.
Tough Critic Book Reviews - Mollie Harper
I honestly don't know what it was about this book, but it captured me from the start. It was everything I needed in a book and more. It was heart wrenching, heart breaking, heart healing, and even funny...this book is pure genius.
Aestas Book Blog
It's a beautiful, believable second-chance friends-to-lovers story that was both heart breaking and heart warming, with an uplifting, satisfying ending that left me clutching my heart, with happy tears in my eyes and a smile on my face.
Natasha Is a Book Junkie
A poignantly and expertly written story of two healing hearts, the tale of Michael and Lauren is one that I suspect you will carry in your own heart for a very long time after you finish reading it.
Judith I Love YA Fiction
I LOVE THIS BOOK. It is the perfect balance between YA and romance...The chapters flow seamlessly between the past and present, between Lauren’s voice and Michael’s, and like every aspect of this book, Back To You is just effortlessly beautiful.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781479103782
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
10/20/2012
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
341,401
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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