by Jen Minkman
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Jen Minkman
Pub Date: Dec 1 2013
Genre: Young Adult
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Julia fell down on her knees next to his lifeless body, her heart filling with dread as she noticed the left side of his face was covered in blood. He had fallen off the motorbike, hitting his temple on a sharp-edged rock. His head injury looked really, really bad.
“Michael?” she whispered softly, putting a trembling hand on his forehead. “Can you hear me?”
Julia has been in love with Michael for years. He’s the hottest guy in school, and she can’t believe her luck when they finally hit it off during Senior Prom. Her dream doesn’t last, though: after a few dates, he callously dumps her out of the blue. Summer vacation starts with Julia feeling heart-broken and miserable.
But then she rescues Michael in the woods when he has a motorcycle accident in a heavy thunderstorm. From that point onward, her life is turned upside down. Michael has changed completely after the blow to the head that nearly killed him... and he wants her back. But why is he so different? And will she be able to trust him this time around?
Can the boy who broke your heart ever win it back again..?
My Review: So I love working with Jen and this has to be my favorite book by her yet!!!! Oh the love story of Julia and Michael is so lovely. Those two have their connection that sparks up and I really love them and have to be one of the best couples ever! Omg do not read the ending! You will cry wanting more more more more more! Seriously, Jen shouldn't have left it that way!!
Julia loves being in the woods. It's been her place, when things don't go so well, like a death or a parent's divorce. The best part of it, she can daydream of Michael, the hottest guy she has loved for over two years now. Well her friend Gabby is there and is a fun character.
Now the thing about Michael is that he used to be all nasty and then poof, he was this new guy. He was found in the woods in a serious condition, and suddenly he wasn't close to dying. He became healed and things changed. He started to take an interest in her in their senior year. He and Julia talk and they spent a night at his house, a whole dream some true. A week later and she hasn't heard from Michael since, and then they meet and he said that he was out of town and left with a kiss on her cheek. So right now you'll be yelling at Michael for what he is doing to Julia, and yes I wanted to jump in and teach him a few lessons for some more pages.
Though as the book goes on, you will change your mind and agree that they are lovey together. Michael will prove himself, so you will then yell for him to be more cute.
Julia through all of this, is just amazing. She is strong, capable, loving, smart, just fits into this story so perfectly.
I really loved this book and want to read more! I hope that this will somehow turn into a mini series. I can't stop going crazy for this book, really one of the best books I've read this year. Which is good, since I've only felt super crazy for three other books this whole year.