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"A story of family, first love and forgiveness. I couldn't stop reading. I loved it!"—Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching JordanTwo shattered hearts are about to collide in this achingly poignant...
"A story of family, first love and forgiveness. I couldn't stop reading. I loved it!"—Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching JordanTwo shattered hearts are about to collide in this achingly poignant...
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  • "A story of family, first love and forgiveness. I couldn't stop reading. I loved it!"—Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan

    Two shattered hearts are about to collide in this achingly poignant young adult novel. Monroe and Nathan are two lost souls each struggling with grief and guilt from a mistake that changed their lives – looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness.

    For Monroe Blackwell, one small mistake has torn her family apart—leaving her empty and broken. There's a hole in her heart that nothing can fill. That no one can fill. And a summer in Louisiana with her grandma isn't going to change that...

    Nathan Everets knows heartache firsthand when a car accident leaves his best friend in a coma. And it's all his fault. He should be the one lying in the hospital. The one who will never play guitar again. He doesn't deserve forgiveness, and a court-appointed job at the Blackwell B&B isn't going to change that...

    There's No Going Back

    Captivating and hopeful, this achingly poignant novel brings together two lost souls struggling with grief and guilt—looking for acceptance, so they can find forgiveness.

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    Chapter One

    Monroe

    My gram told me once when I was eleven that I could do anything. She'd been very matter of fact as she poured us each an iced tea on a steamy afternoon.

    It was the kind of afternoon when the air sizzled and stuck to the insides of your clothes. The kind of afternoon that made your skin clammy and your muscles lazy. I remember that the birds were quiet but the locusts chimed like mini buzz saws.

    Funny, the things that you remember, and the things that you can't forget no matter how hard you try.

    On that particular afternoon, we'd sat on her front porch in the rain, Gram's hyacinths bent over from the weight of the water, her two cats Mimi and Roger curled at our feet. I'm sure I wore some trendy New York outfit that was totally inappropriate for Louisiana in August, and Gram Blackwell was dressed in what she liked to call "genteel southern attire," which basically meant cotton instead of linen or silk.

    We settled back in our chairs and chatted about the soccer team. I told her how much I wanted to make first string, and she told me that anything was possible as long as I applied myself. Of course I believed her with all the enthusiasm an eleven-year-old who has never been hurt or disappointed feels.

    Why wouldn't I? This was Gram, and she was never wrong.

    I tried my hardest and made the team.

    But that was before Malcolm. Before the awful year that had just passed. That was before I learned that my charmed life could bleed. That pain could become an everyday kind of thing, and that happiness was just a word that didn't mean anything.

    And now, at the ripe old age of sixteen and a half, I don't know what I believe in anymore, and I don't know if I'll ever be fixed.

    It's not like I haven't tried.

    I went to private therapy. I went to group counseling. I read the books that I was supposed to read, did the relaxation exercises that I thought were stupid, and took the meds that they gave me.

    In fact, I loved how those little blue pills made me feel nothing-which isn't very different from the way I feel most of the time-but medicated nothing is so much better than the real, hard nothing I had been living with.

    I suppose it's why they weaned me off them. "Addict" wasn't exactly a label my mom wanted to add to the impressive list of everything else that was wrong with me.

    My point is...I did it all. I tried.

    It's just hard to succeed at something when you don't really care, and as much as I want to get better for my parents, I can't make myself care. Not even for them. My therapist says I need to care for myself first.

    And therein lies the problem. The catch-22. I just don't care anymore. Not really.

    Yet there are moments where, if I try real hard, I can close my eyes and smell the rain. Not just any rain, mind you, but that rain. From that long-ago afternoon.

    Gram's rain.

    "Monroe, I'm heading to town in a few minutes. Do you want to come along?"

    I turned as Gram walked into the kitchen. It was nearly noon and I had been sitting at the table for about an hour, trying to decide if I was going to eat the bowl of pears she'd put out for me earlier or if I was going to put them back in the fridge.

    I liked pears. I liked them a lot. I just wasn't all that hungry.

    "Uh, I think I'll stick around here, if that's okay with you."

    Gram put her purse on the table, and I pretended not to notice how her eyes lingered on...

About the Author-

  • Juliana Stone fell in love with her first book boyfriend when she was twelve. She decided that when she grew up she would like to write her own book boyfriends and, luckily, she gets to do this. She writes dark paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance and now is excited to write young adult as well. She lives with her husband, kids, a dog and a cat somewhere in the wilds of Canada.

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  • Kirkus

    April 1, 2014
    A contemporary romance-with-a-conscience presents three teens who have erred but are worthy of redemption. Hot girl from out of town; hunky, vulnerable hero; alcohol-troubled ex-girlfriend; conflict and regrets...there's nothing wrong--and a good deal that is right--with the romance formula when it's handled this well. Emotionally damaged and painfully remote, New York teen Monroe is spending her summer in Louisiana with her wise and loving gram. There to heal after an initially unspecified tragedy, Monroe quickly meets local kindred-tortured-soul Nathan ("the pain that I saw there let me know I wasn't the only one...who hated herself"). Their tragic tales emerge in alternating chapters; Nathan must deal with catastrophe or its fallout daily and faces it head-on, while Monroe circles around her pain. In their world, thoughtful, caring friends and a wise grandmother are better than therapists, and despite Monroe's assertion that Nathan is not her type, hot days, Southern swimming holes, steamy nights and boozy teen parties out in "the bush" prove her wrong. Conveniently naive parents and Gram's upfront insistence on birth control create space for tender, consensual, responsible intimacy. Several layers of complexity (grief, guilt, the search for healing) nudge this toward the general fiction category even as it maintains familiar characteristics of the standard romance. The as-happy-as-it-could-be-under-the-circumstances ending will definitely satisfy, and Stone writes it with confidence and style. (Romance. 14-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2014

    Gr 9 Up-Nathan and Monroe are both attractive, well-adjusted teens with involved families and all the right friends. Their story begins some months after they are each knocked out of their pleasant lives through direct involvement in separate tragedies. Monroe's parents send her from New York to Louisiana hoping that a summer with her grandmother will pull her out of her malaise. Nathan spends the summer working for his contractor uncle at the home of Monroe's grandmother. When they meet, they can't ignore the spark between them, despite their private grief. Over the summer they fall in love and help each other come to terms with their pasts. Chapters alternate their first-person perspectives. This works nicely, allowing readers to observe their growing attraction. Unfortunately, other aspects of the characters are not as well developed. The story handles challenging subjects like sex, drunk driving, and faith after tragedy in a sensitive and age-appropriate way without veering into melodrama. The ending is a bit too happy, but that might be just what readers need after going through this emotional wringer.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • DOGO Books itskjcd714 - I recommend this book since its one of those classic love stories. When a girl and a guy go through something tough in life and then they meet and fall in love.
  • Booklist

    July 1, 2014
    Grades 9-12 New York City native Monroe Blackwell has been sent to rural Louisiana for the summer to give her some much-needed distance from a tragedy involving her younger brother. There she meets Nate, who is likewise responsible for a serious accidentin his case, a car crash that sent his best friend into a coma. Both are profoundly affected by these events: she can barely muster the motivation to get dressed in the morning, and he hasn't touched his guitar since the fateful night. The tension between remorse and a desire for closure successfully propels the narrative forward, and readers will want to discover whether Monroe and Nate will ever find redemption. Stone concentrates a lot on the physical appearance of her characters; numerous descriptions of Nate's six-pack and Monroe's curves occasionally seem forced or out of place. However, the intensity of the couple's sexual relationship and the dramatic experiences they have faced will attract teens, and many will find this a gratifying read.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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