Head down. 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?
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As I came to end of Willow Fairchild and Sam Shepherd's story, I found myself quickly flipping to the the prologue of their story. I had come to a realization. Not only did the prologue resound within me, but also I was about to embark on a journey of two beautifully written teenagers story where their hurt became my hurt and where their healing became mine too. Why? The author best describes what the story is about: hope. "In our darkest hours, sometimes, even the weak could find the light."

Both Willow and Sam have experienced a tragedy. Both are tragedies that fundamentally changed them both. But what happens when two changed souls meet? The speed of this story is slower but I do believe it is for impact. Beautifully, quiet words and symbolism a plenty made me tear up in some places and smile quietly in others. This being my first read from this author and reading her first novel in this YA genre was truly a pleasure.

I leave you with this question I've asked myself many times now after I've read the last page...that is when you read this story cause guess what, you will want to. Were the tattered gloves a savior to both Willow and Sam?
5 Tattered but Super Deserved ⭐️️s
B2B Mila

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About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. 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 with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.


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