Nick and June Were Here – Shalanda Stanley

Shalanda Stanley grew up in Louisiana and earned her BA in creative writing at Florida State University. She has an MEd in special education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a PhD from LSU in curriculum and instruction, with a focus in reading curriculum and research. She’s an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the School of Education.

Girl in Pieces meets All the Bright Places in this heartbreaking story of two teens who are determined to stay together in a world tearing them apart.

Nick and June were best friends for years, until their relationship suddenly turned into something more. Now, June is coping with a new diagnosis of schizophrenia, a secret she asked Nick to keep for too long. Between managing her symptoms and her parents, June is just trying to keep it together. Nick is a reluctant car thief, supporting his aunt with the money and focusing on his art whenever he can. But when June’s condition sends her to the hospital and Nick’s latest crime threatens to land him in prison, the two decide to run away. When the world is trying to tear them apart, can Nick and June find a way to stay together?

This emotional, lyrical novel will tug at your heartstrings and make you think twice about what you would give up for love, even if it’s a piece of yourself.

Why you should read this book?

For fans of: Girl in Pieces, All the Bright Places, My Heart and Other Black Holes

A heartfelt, emotional novel: Stanley’s portrayal of misunderstood teens on the fringe of society is handled with care and sensitivity

Star-crossed love story: teens will root for these characters to overcome the odds

Full of topic for discussion: the book touches on mental illness, juvenile crime and hearbreak

Follow up to Stanley’s well-received first novel, Drowning is Inevitable

Vetted by professionals who work with young people living with schizophrenia

Dual POV: Told in Nick and June’s alternating voices

On Sale Date: February 12, 2019 – Penguin Random House ; Knopf Books for Young Readers

YA SH3LF REVIEW : 5/5

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