Don’t look up.
Never make eye contact.
Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me.
Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe.
But soon I learn not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third, or even fourth time to make a first impression.
And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step.
Am I brave?
Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever?
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||16 - 18 Years|
About the Author
J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series and the Lost & Found Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her cuddled up, watching a movie with her family, obsessing over minions or devouring anything chocolate! J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
(3-3.5 stars) This was a tough one to rate because I did enjoy it but I did not feel the connection between the main characters. This was a well written YA story, even with its heavy subject matter it was told delicately. What it lacked IMO was the romantic connection between Willow and Sam. Yes, Sam came along right when Willow needed him but it felt more like friends than lovers. This was my first book by this author and while this wasn’t a knock out of the park, I am looking forward to exploring more of her work.
I loved this book, great read, as well as, eye opening
The Tattered Gloves is a sweet story about bravery, overcoming your past, and finding a family. It deals with some very heavy and adult subjects--especially the reasons behind Willow's wearing the titular accessories--but doesn't go into a whole lot of detail about them for the most part. Overall I was okay with this--if you're looking for a grittier, more "real" story, though, this isn't it--the only glossing over that really gave me pause was how quickly everything was wrapped up in the end. It seemed almost too painless and easy, not that I wanted things to be harder for Willow, her aunt, and her friends, but it lost a bit of its realism at that point, I thought. On the whole, though, I did enjoy this book. Willow, Sam, Addy, and Allison are great characters, and people I could definitely see myself getting along with in real life. I mean, Willow's named after a Buffy character, and Sam's trying to save his family's bookstore--what's not to love there? It was easy to root for them to have a happy ending in the end. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
I loved this book, it was a beautiful written story of young Willow, a girl who was dealt a super crappy life until her auntie saves her and shows her love and affection and all the things her life has been missing. So when Willow starts school she quickly becomes friends with Allison and Sam, Sam is a boy who recognises something within Willow and wants to spend time with her, because he too comes from a broken home. This was a very poignant story about Willow, the girl wore Tattered Gloves like a comfort blanket. Who was saved by not only a great auntie Addy, but also an amazing friend and Sam the best boyfriend you could ask for. They all help in different ways to teach Willow to be brave. This was a first for me by this author and while there may be triggers within the story it was well written. Therefore I'm off to check out more work by Ms. Berg.
I have read several of J.L. Berg's books and loved them all. So when I saw she was stepping out of her comfort zone and writing a YA I was curious. Then when I saw the cover for this book and read the synopsis I was sucked in. I knew I had to read. I was expecting a little pulling at the heart strings but I wasn't expecting this. Gah!!! What an emotional read. This book was filled with devastation, stolen innocence, heartache, self blame. As the story progresses J.L. Berg fills us with growth, hope, strength, healing and so much love. Even though the plot was hard to take at times it was very well written and I loved all the characters that played a roll in the story. I don't want to say a whole lot more because I don't want to give anything away. Even if you don't read YA or are on the fence about reading this book I think you should give it a try. You won't be sorry!!!!
Heart wrenching. Hopeful. Courageous. Willow was born into a horrible situation, a mother who is a prostitute and really didn’t want a child. For years she has hidden in her bedroom as her mother told her but the hunger would get unbearable. Then one night, she broke the rule and her whole world is flipped upside down. She is sent to live with an Aunt she never knew existed, Addy, her mother’s twin sister. That one night, she puts on a pair of red gloves, her armor to protect herself from all the bad things. As she begins life in a new town and school, can she continue to be invisible? My heart broke for Willow yet at the same time, she kept moving forward, she went to school, she got an after-school job and slowly, she let her Aunt in. At the same time, she found 2 persistent friends, Allison and Sam, that had their own issues but together, they all have to face their own challenges as they traverse high school life. I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and this is my honest review.