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Posted April 11, 2013
The Unloved turned out to me a beautiful story, filled of heartbreak, but also with love and a sense of redemption.
Julie and Nick are neighbors and best friends, and throughout the years they learned to lean on each other and shield each other from the harshness of reality. You can tell from the synopsis that they had a really hard home life. Honestly, I thought that Julie’s life was just too horrible to feel real, but in the acknowledgment Ms. Snyder explains that she heard true stories similar to Julie’s. Nick’s story is, sadly, more common; due to his father’s constant abuse his mom sends him away for about two years. However, Nick and Julie have not forgotten each other.
Julie is a pretty girl that hides behind oversized clothes and behind her locked door. I really felt awful for Julie, her life was so hard, full of abuse, exposure to danger, drugs, and all kinds of vices. All of these things have seriously diminished her self-esteem and makes it hard for her understand what being loved means. Nick was a bit more stable and stronger. I liked Nick a lot, and he sure had the patience of a saint.
Their group of friends is really tight and I’m sure that if they were to share their troubles, they would have gotten a lot of help from them (and from the community too).
The story is told from alternating points of view, this way we get to know both, Nick and Julie really well. The plot was a series of tragedies, misunderstandings, lows, and highs. The writing is straightforward and insightful. There are some things that, on principles, I don’t agree with. For instance, being quiet about their wrecked home life, and involvement with drugs; although I do understand their reasons. The ending was really good and more that I was expecting. I wish the best of luck for Nick and Julie!
“We were the unloved-you by your mom and me by my dad-and now it’s our time to finally be loved.”
About the cover: It’s a beautiful cover of two friends holding onto each other through their upside-down-life. I love the font and also the pop of color.
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Posted April 7, 2013
I read Jennifer Snyder's Exhale and fell in love with her book and her way of capturing a reader's attention! ;) So I went on her blog and sent her a review request for another one of her books. She was so nice, she allowed me to choose which book and gave the book to me in the ebook format I preferred. ;D So I got The Unloved since that sounded super interesting. So, thanks to Jennifer Snyder for this copy of The Unloved!
Sweet. Romantic. That's the feeling you get when you see it. And cute.
Julie Porter - So Julie Porter lives with a mom whose a stripper. Yeah. You saw that right. And beyond that, her mom brings home boyfriends everyday. And not a single one of those boyfriends are decent. None. Julie, being pretty and quiet gets raped ( I think ) by one of her mother's boyfriend, but when she tells her mother, her mother dismisses it like she's lying, so there's only one person who she could ever tell. Julie is kind of the shy kind of girls, but she actually have two best friends. So she's not that low on the popular chart, just not way high up there, but she isn't exactly tat low. All I remember about Julie is that she has big, green eyes. That was from Nick keeping on repeating that line. LOL.
Nick Owen - Nick Owen lives across the street from Julie. Like Julie, he also got some family problems. He gets beaten by his dad. And like Julie, there's only one person who he could tell it to. What can I say? Nick isn't the most popular guy in the school, but you can say he's friends with them. Girls do oogle at him. That's Nick's character.
Julie and Nick would have a secret hiding to hide away their parents. They would tell each other their stories, secrets, etc. That is until one day, Nick leaves. Julie was 15. Nick left Julie alone to fend off everything herself. When Nick came back two years later, the problems were still there. And in the end, Julie and Nick did have to work together to help solve the problems.
Of course, along the way, they would totally fall for each other and start dating.
This book was told in two POVs. One is Nick and the other is Julie. They each express their own problems through their point of views.
I love their love-hate relationship things. Julie and Nick does get into relationship problems, so it isn't just about the family business, which is what I like about. This book includes all those different dramas in a teen's life plus the extra things they have to go through at home.
Another thing is that no one at school knows about Julie's and Nick's home incidents. At all. So that explains another reason why Julie and Nick only have each other and why they're so close.
Cole is Julie's brother. And he sounds so cute. LOL. I think he's fifteen. He's popular though, so he actually hangs out with the popular crowd and girls coo over him and all that. And seriously though, he sounds cute.....
Yeah, my awkward review is over. LOL.
Posted November 24, 2012
"Flawed yet enjoyable New Adult story"
The Unloved offers two things that I have a soft spot for: a pairing with a history, and a guy who is protective of the girl he cares for; one alone would have been enough to make me grin, but two put me over the top. I fell hard for this story about two childhood friends who both yearn to become more, and leave their troubled lives behind, and while there were some serious flaws that didn't make this an epic read for me, it was still definitely enjoyable.
Nick and Julie both have their share of issues, but Jennifer Snyder made them equally compelling characters. I won't even try to pretend that I didn't fall a bit in love with Nick, whose greatest wish is to see his Jules smile, and to look after her. Both Julie and Nick did some growing over the course of The Unloved, in order to rise above their circumstances. And to be honest, Julie needed to do a LOT of soul-searching and growing-up. She was a hot mess more often than not, and if I was exasperated with her at times, I also liked her. I just couldn't help but cheer for this couple, because it was easy to see from their history, how much they cared for one another, and I just really wanted them to have their happy ending.
The Unloved was an enjoyable read, but this is definitely a "new adult" book, toward the older range of the YA spectrum. Snyder doesn't sugar-coat anything: there's drug use, and various sexual situations, at least one of which is violent. I thought for the most part these issues were well-developed, and not glossed over, or trivialized in any way. Instead, they were treated as serious issues, and served as fundamental conflicts for Nick and Julie.
Although at times the writing felt as if it lacked polish, and the characters definitely made some questionable decisions, I still liked The Unloved. I'd definitely recommend it to older YA readers who are looking for a heart-wrenching, if frustrating at times, story.