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I'll Be Yours Paperback – March 16, 2016
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Award-winning, best-selling author Jenny B. Jones writes YA and women’s romance with sass and Southern charm. Since she has very little free time, Jenny believes in spending her spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits, such as eating ice cream, watching puppy videos, and reading celebrity gossip. She lives in the beautiful state of Arkansas and has worked in public education for half of forever. She loves the sound of bluegrass, loves a good laugh, and loves to hear from readers.
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Ok, I had to wait to write this review until I stopped sighing and swooning...but I'll probably start all over again now.
This book!! You know how sometimes you don't realize how hungry you are until that first smell of pizza? Well that was me reading. This book. As soon as I started it, I DEVOURED it. Couldn't stop reading!! I feel like it's been a long time waiting for a new full-length novel from Ms. Jones, and I didn't realize how much I'd missed her writing! She writes hilarious, romantic, real stories that leave my heart pitter-pattering...in this case, over a boy named Ridley.
Ridley and Harper's story was perfectly imperfect. I love how their story began with the agreement...Harper will tutor Ridley in one of his college prep courses, in exchange for Ridley helping Harper win the guy she's crushing on. They had great banter and great tension...but they had more. They both come from backgrounds of hurt, distrust, and feelings of unworthiness. Both wanted to hide their secrets from everyone, but both ended up finding the perfect confidante in each other. And on a romantic note...that first kiss--the tutorial?? Ummm, I may have stopped breathing for a second. And I may have re-read it. It was so sweet and so utterly romantically swoon-worthy.
But there was so much more to the story than just Ridley and Harper falling for each other...both are dealing with major family issues. Real life issues, real life hurt. My heart broke for Harper along the way as she felt unsure of whether or not she was worthy of love, even from her family. But her therapy session where she has her major breakthrough was so great. And the O'Malley's were a great family.
On a side note, I loved the relationship between the college football players and Harper. And Mavis. She was downright sassy side character awesomeness.
This book was the YA breath of fresh air I needed. It's heading to the top of my favorites list along with Kasie West. Definitely a re-read for me.
Well done, Ms. Jones! Please hurry and write more. Things like your normal, everyday life aren't that important when stories like this need to be told (and read). ;)
And let's just close with this amazingness:
“You can walk away now, and I’ll leave you alone. But you stay, Harper, and I’m not letting you go.”
Harper O’Malley has scars of the physical and emotional variety. Her adoptive family has been her rock – her center, since they brought her home, loved her and accepted her when she was a child of nine. Now, as a teenager, her safe place is about to shatter her into a million pieces. Her father, the man she admired so, becomes the center of a scandal when he’s found out to be having an affair. As the football coach for a prestigious college program, Coach O’Malley’s social life is cause for immediate dismissal and Harper’s withdrawal from her father and the rest of her family which includes, mom Cristy and brothers Michael and Cole.
Despite the emotional upheaval, Harper finds herself relying on high school football star Ridley Estes. Perceived as the local “bad boy,” Harper keeps her distance from him, only it turns out in order to obtain the scholarship he needs, Ridley needs a tutor and Harper needs lessons in how to snag her dream boy’s attention. Whether she likes it or not, Harper is about to discover so much more about Ridley… and in the end, his reputation just might prove her wrong.
Ah, contemporary bliss. Let me count the ways I love you, dear Story. There are so many, knowing where to begin isn’t so much the challenge as knowing where to end. Typical to a Jenny B. Jones novel, the book is sprinkled liberally with darling bouts of humor that make you laugh-out-loud because the particular brand of happy she consistently spreads is that one bright spot of sunshine a reader chases. Coupled with this is a deep, poignant story I didn’t expect because I went into this novel “blind.” I knew it had something to do with football, there’d be romance and its cover bore the name of Jenny B. Jones. That was all I needed.
"I think God speaks to us all differently, and I heard him first in the music." - Jenny B. Jones
The heroine Harper (who, by the way has a great name) isn’t the average contemporary YA leading lady. No, Harper has a messy past, a past that leaves her guarded and careful. She doesn’t welcome forms of physical affection, and is struggling with ways of connecting with the boy she is crushing on (a boy who needed three names just to “contain all the wonder” of him). This is where Ridley’s particular set of skills come in handily and with it, a series of events are set in motion that will rework Harper’s heart.
If you’re looking for something to compare this to, I was often reminded of the recent film adaptation of The DUFF. Not to slight this novel, while the surface is similar (a boy helping a girl capture the interest of her crush), this is where the similarities stop. I’ll Be Yours is about forgiveness... it’s about the healing that leads to forgiveness... and it’s about a boy and a girl discovering who they are as they step up and into a new phase of this crazy thing called life. Though the final chapter completes this story with grace, I admire that there is also an open-ended quality to it allowing the reader to assume what they will, but enjoy the warmth the conclusion wraps us up in.
Sincere thanks to the author Jenny, and Rel for providing a complimentary copy of this book.
This book made me cry, made me laugh, then made me cry some more. This is a YA book, but the story is so much deeper than any typical book of this genre. It's beautiful, it's sweet, it's sassy, it has flawed heroes, it's tender and it has a nice happy ending (would've loved more story at the end beyond what there is but only because I truly got to love these characters and wanted to read more about their lives after some much needed revelation came through).
It also gets an award for THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FIRST KISS OF ALL TIME.....tender, sweet and electrifying. It was so touching it blew me away. Most adults never experience such a precious kiss, but after reading this book your standards will go up to a new level, it's just that good.
Highly recommend this book and so grateful for authors like Jones who have the heart and courage to write it! Not everyone will love this book as I have, but I still think everyone should read it, the love and healing in its pages are one of a kind.
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I fell for ridley so bad. And harper was so real.Read more