Paul has been drawn to Celia for as long as he can remember, and she is finally giving him a chance to show her how he feels. But when Celia can't stop worrying everything will fall apart, and when things in Paul's own life take a turn for the worse, can they learn to rely on each other?
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This book was centered around Celia and Paul...Celia has always worried about screwing up and everything around her falling apart. Her home life is rough as she tries to save her and her brother from an alcoholic father. Paul is infatuated with her, and now Celia is giving him a bit of a chance. Now, these two must learn how to move forward together and fight the battles that weigh them down. I really liked this book. Both Celia and Paul are troubled and have troubling home lives and together they work to move forward, leaning on each other along the way. This is the second Juniper book I have read and they each are deep and full of pain and triumph. They are full of characters that pull at your heart and are relatable. The writing is good and the story is easy to love. This book was a great story of love, pain, fear, and hope for a better future. Definitely a great book.
This time last year I was gushing about The Edge of Juniper, a gem of a novel that was everything I want in YA contemporary. I'm thrilled to share that author Lora Richardson has returned to the small town of Juniper, Indiana with a story that delves deeper and packs an emotional punch. Celia is a girl who is always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because in her experience, it always does. Her home life is spent walking on eggshells - either escaping her father's drunken rages or anxiously wondering when the next one is coming. Even his recent bout of sobriety has her uneasy and unable to enjoy the new feeling of peace at home. When longtime friend Paul starts pursuing her, she doesn't trust that what he seems to feel for her will last. Nothing good ever does, right? Paul was a breath of fresh air. No swaggering bad boys here, just a funny, optimistic guy who was utterly irrepressible. Finally acting on his feelings for Celia, Paul was dogged in his determination to earn her trust - and her heart. Despite his buoyant personality, Paul's life wasn't without strife. His own home life was just as unpredictable as Celia's. What struck me about Juniper Limits is how absolutely realistic it felt. The dialogue always rang true and I loved the easy banter and humor shared between Celia and Paul. When it came to how Celia dealt with the stress at home, her reactions felt so believable. Between the sadly true to life situations Celia and Paul were dealing with, Celia's reluctance to trust not only Paul but anyone, and Paul's conflicted feelings about his mother, there was a feeling of authenticity that ran throughout the book. Richardson perfectly captured Celia's tough outer shell, her constant worry, her fear to hope for better, and the shred of hope she allowed herself to feel anyway. It's hard to rein myself in and not just gush about how much I enjoyed Juniper Limits. As with the first book, there is a certain sweetness about these characters and the setting that never feels overly precious. Richardson created a small town environment that that wasn't a cliché, but a place where I felt right at home. I was completely invested in Celia and Paul's story and wanted so much for these young people who were dealing with situations that that were far bigger than they could handle on their own. I loved watching as they learned to trust each other - and to rely on others, as well. What else can I say to convince you to give this special story a try? If you love contemporary YA, if you love small town settings, if you love authentic storytelling, if you love a sweet guy who isn't afraid to tell a girl who he feels... get a copy of Juniper Limits and get ready to enjoy all of that and more.