Nobody But Us

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Will

Maybe I'm too late. Maybe Zoe's dad stole all her fifteen years and taught her to be scared. I'll undo it. Help her learn to be strong again, and brave. Not that I'm any kind of example, but we can learn together.

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can't run fast enough.

Zoe

Maybe it'll take Will years to ...

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Overview

Will

Maybe I'm too late. Maybe Zoe's dad stole all her fifteen years and taught her to be scared. I'll undo it. Help her learn to be strong again, and brave. Not that I'm any kind of example, but we can learn together.

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can't run fast enough.

Zoe

Maybe it'll take Will years to come to terms with being abandoned. Maybe it'll take forever. I'll stay with him no matter how long it takes to prove that people don't always leave, don't always give up on you.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Halbrook debuts with a dark, romantic wild ride reminiscent of Thelma and Louise. When Will turns 18, he and his 15-year-old girlfriend, Zoe, hit the road. They are fleeing Zoe’s abusive drunk of a father and Will’s foster-child history, but their trip from North Dakota to Las Vegas brings them even more to run from, including the threat of kidnapping charges, assault, theft, and murder. The duo’s divergent personalities, personal wounds, and big dreams bond them together, even as their journey enters a downward spiral. Aggressive and quick to anger, Will is a classic bad boy (he even drives a vintage Camaro), while Zoe is cautious, kind, and deeply scarred by the abuses she has suffered. Halbrook wisely avoids making her teenage lovers overly capable—Will and Zoe truly feel like two naïve teens on the run, making one mistake after another as they lose control over their situation. Emotions run high throughout, and Will’s fear of hurting Zoe more than she has already been hurt is especially potent. Ages 13–up. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Feb.)
ALA Booklist
“Raw, immediate, and utterly unflinching. Halbrook’s debut features complex characters, and attempting to puzzle them out makes for a thought-provoking read.”
Courtney Summers
“How do we love and what are the consequences? Kristin Halbrook paints an edgy and vivid portrait of two troubled teens on the run. This is a gracefully written, thought-provoking and absorbing debut. . . . I haven’t read a love story quite like it before, honestly.”
Kody Keplinger
“Beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating—NOBODY BUT US will have you holding your breath until the very last page.”
Kirsten Hubbard
“An achingly believable love story about two teens outrunning a society that has failed them, hoping the lights at the end of the highway aren’t just a mirage. Tense, lyrical and heartbreaking; the kind of book that lingers a long time.”
Kirkus Reviews
Desperate to escape her violent father, 15-year-old Zoe agrees to run away with her 18-year-old boyfriend, Will. Their plans go awry almost at once, when Zoe's father attempts to prevent their flight. Will solves this problem as he always does: with his fists. With one eye on the rearview mirror and the other on his adoring co-pilot, Will steers them into the night and away from a life they both dearly want to leave far behind. However, as the miles tick by, Zoe and Will are forced to confront both their pasts and their dreams of the future. Will's violence escalates throughout the journey, culminating in a death. The novel is told in their alternating first-person, present-tense voices, giving readers immediate access to each character's thoughts and emotions. At 15, Zoe's naïveté about the consequences of their actions feels age-appropriate. However, Will clearly understands the legal and moral ramifications of their plans. This disparity makes it unclear whether Will is really the savior that Zoe imagines or simply the reiteration of her father, as she fears. Unfortunately, as the journey reaches its tragic end, Will's intentions remain confused. This ambiguity makes Zoe's parting thoughts either the appropriate tribute to a brave friend or the misguided veneration of a predator. Random violence and mistaken passion find a bleak end. (Fiction. 14 & up)
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—Two young lovers escape from their unsatisfactory lives, seeking a better one together in Las Vegas. It's a road-trip novel, in a way, with a bit of Bonnie and Clyde, a little nod to Thelma and Louise mixed in. Zoe and Will leave town in a hurry, after an altercation with Zoe's drunk father leaves him knocked out and bleeding on the front porch. Readers will be plagued with doubt over the consequences of this conflict, as is Will, who is only too aware of the riskiness of their actions (including their age difference; he is 18, she is 15). On first glance, the characters seem like stereotypes of teens whom readers have met before. Zoe has no mother and lives with her abusive, alcoholic father. Will was raised in group homes and is prone to fistfights and sudden bursts of violence. What is special about this book, however, is the way that these two young people defy expectations, providing readers with an unexpected and welcome feeling of surprise. Will is unusually tender, conscientious, and selfless, while Zoe has managed to remain rather chaste and naive in spite of her life of hardship. The chapters alternate from his voice to hers, giving a wide-open glimpse into each teen's desires and doubts, of which there are many. The novel cranks up to a heart-pounding finale, perfect for readers who like to be on the edge of their seats, perhaps with a box of Kleenex at hand. Recommended for readers of Lisa McMann's and Patricia McCormick's books.—Nora G. Murphy, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, LaCanada-Flintridge, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062121264
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 484,599
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristin Halbrook is a Seattleite wholoves good coffee, good food, good music, goodsports, good causes, and good reads. She’s bothintense and a goofball, introverted and gregarious.Nobody But Us is her debut novel.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

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    obody But Us is one of those gripping, darkly beautiful gritty b

    obody But Us is one of those gripping, darkly beautiful gritty books that I could not look away from, and as the story continued, I knew it was going to break my heart but I still couldn't look away. 
    I sympathized with Zoe, and could totally see the appeal of Will. It was finally someone who wanted to protect her after a lifetime of her abusive father. It broke my heart to hear what she went through in silence with him as well as her memories of her mom. It was quite a journey to watch Zoe learn more about herself and life in this book, and I hated that she had to continue down the road of hard knocks. I think that she grew so much though, and however hard the decisions she had to make, I still was rooting for her to do the right thing no matter how much it hurt, and ultimately make the choice of following her heart no matter the cost. 
    The dual narrative was well done. Will had a lot to contribute to this book, and it was nice to be in his head and see how much he cared about Zoe, and his mindframe when he was doing the things he did. Not having to guess his motives, but really seeing where his heart was. His past was also gritty and broke my heart to see the road he'd traveled, and know that there are kids in real life as well that deal with the things he had to... 
    This is in no way a light and fluffy read, and the ending really reflected that. It shocked me, and like I said earlier, it broke my heart. Kristin Halbrook wrote a story with an end in mind, and I applaud her in writing it and sharing this story. 
    I also tip my hat because even though I somehow wanted Will and Zoe to succeed because I cared about them and wished that they could have their happy ending, I also knew that bad decisions meant consequences, and you can't run from those forever. It is hard to have me torn like that, and Nobody But Us succeeded. 
    Bottom Line: Fast paced contemporary that will break your heart. 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

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    This is a really unique book. I didn't expect certain twist and

    This is a really unique book. I didn't expect certain twist and turns but in the end, I found that I really enjoyed it.




    Starting off strong with a violent homes and absentee parents, these two have learned to love and rely on one another. Despite their age difference (15 &18) I can see why it worked so well. They both had nobody but just each other. Just like the title. Their love is strong and enduring with a good example of how love can take you anywhere if you left it.




    The downward spiral of chaos begins with fear. That's all it takes. There is no concrete evidence, but fear overtakes this couple, sending them the run. The fear escalates in their minds leading them to make bad decisions. These decisions lead to a very distraught ending that I particularly did NOT expect. It's not a HEA but a bittersweet end that I can not get enough of. Just the way that it ended, it made me want to read more into the story. Alas, the story had ended and my curiosity can not be quenched.




    Nobody But Us is a promising love story that is unique. The potent leading roles of Zoe and Will lead the reader down a road full of action and surprise. An impressive sentimental story, Nobody But Us is great.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2013

    This book was very emotional, and tough to read at times. There

    This book was very emotional, and tough to read at times. There were things in it that weren't pleasant, but I think it was written in a way that made it beautifully portray the tragic lives of these two poor kids. 
    I really liked the alternating perspectives of the book. It really gave us better insight into what both Zoe and Will were thinking and feeling. I felt better connected to them, and to their stories. They really loved each other, and it became more and more evident as the book went on. 
    One thing that I did not like about the book was how fast it went. They were just always going. I felt like at times there was not much substance. It was all kind of the same, and then when something big did happen, they moved on from it really quickly. Parts of the book needed to be fast paced, but I would have liked more detail in other parts. 
    The ending. I am honestly still not sure if I like it or not. It was definitely not what I was expecting that's for sure. My first instinct was that I hated it, but as I think about it I think maybe it was a "good" way for this to end. I am not sure. I'll let you decide for yourselves.

    I received this book for free in return for an honest review. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

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    I liked it alot it was nice i loved to read will's side of the story because he explained his love for her and how passionate he was it was a nice story with a unexpexted ending

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    This book deserves to be appaulded.

    This book was very hard to read at times I have to admit. Its a dark story, but it had a lot of depth and purpose. You neber get bored throughout the story because they always have something more to tell. Its fast-paced, with no room for boredom. When Will was telling the story you could litterally feel the love he had for Zoe. Its nice to get the chance to see into the boys point of view when reading a story like this. I would reccomend this book to readers who like stories that have that dark tinge to it, and want to get sucked into the story. I cheered for them the whole way through. Beautifully written. Five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    It was really good

    The only problem was i felt like she gave up on him and then she cried over him
    It was her fault and its mire like a tragedy then romance

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