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Publisher Description

From USA Today bestselling author J.L. Berg comes a poignant story about young love that will stick with you long after the last page. 

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 a house where men frequented, but did not stay. But, even with all the rules and warnings, I couldn’t keep them all away.

I couldn’t keep him away.

Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a 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 need a second or third time to make a first impression.

And often, there are friendships and even love—real love, waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take that first step.

Am I brave?

Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever?

Young Adult
January 24
JL Berg, LLC

Customer Reviews

Michell C ,

Great first YA by JL 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!!!!

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