Sunday, July 21, 2013

Badass Books: Nobody But Us

Nobody But Us has been on my list for a long time, since Katy Upperman (I think?) read the ARC last year and wrote about it. I preordered it, and I'm surprised I didn't get to it sooner. This has been a crazy year.

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Summary (from Goodreads):


Maybe I'm too late. Maybe Zoe's dad stole all her fifteen years and taught her to be scared. I'll undo it. Help her learn to be strong again, and brave. Not that I'm any kind of example, but we can learn together.

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can't run fast enough.


Maybe it'll take Will years to come to terms with being abandoned. Maybe it'll take forever. I'll stay with him no matter how long it takes to prove that people don't always leave, don't always give up on you

As always, spoilers in white.

Why I Read It: For a lot of reasons. I don't read much contemporary, but the premise of this one intrigued me, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It was an easy fit for my Debut Author Challenge list. I'm glad I added it.

Still working on this list.

ZOMG Yes! From a writing perspective, so much of this story was ZOMG Yes! The characters felt so real, which is always a big thing for me. It alternates between Will and Zoe's points of view. Kristin really puts you in these characters heads.

When it came out earlier this year, I read a handful of reviews who felt the situations or characters were unbelievable, and I couldn't disagree more. Sure, the situations sucked, I mean really, everything that happened to these characters was awful, but their reactions? The way the responded to each other? The way they actually acted like teenagers, which can be beyond frustrating? Spot on.

The aspect of this book that I loved (hated?) the most was the ending. SPOILERS: There are very few tragedies among the YA books I've read over the past few years, but Nobody But Us was absolutely tragic. Will the epitome of a a tragic hero with his anger ultimately resulting in the beyond tragic ending. And honestly? I wouldn't have been satisfied with the ending any other way. I didn't want it to happen, but I didn't want most anything that happened in this story to happen. Still, it had to, and Kristin made it happen. I imagine she must've cried a lot writing this.

kthxbai If you're looking for a contemporary that doesn't fit into the typical YA mold, this is the story for you. It's worth the read.

Five chiweenies to Kristin Halbrook!


  1. Wow, I have a student this book would be perfect for. Thanks for the recommendation. -Aaron

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I hope it moves him or her the way it moved me!

  2. I'm so glad you liked this one! I felt exactly the same way about the ending... I hated it for the characters, but I thought it was absolutely right for the story. I can't wait to see what Kristin Halbrook comes out with next!

  3. I still haven't read this one, but I've heard good things about it. Thanks for the great review (and recommendation), Liz! :D

  4. My reaction to NOBODY BUT US was very much the same as yours. I also read some reviews that nitpicked about how believable the characters' decisions were, but like you, I thought Will and Zoe responded exactly the way many real teenagers would in this situation. I totally agree about the ending too. Kristin Halbrook certainly didn't shy away from reality. Great review, Liz!