Nick and June Were Here by Shalanda Stanley
Published February, 12, 2019
Hardcover, 304 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4/5 STARS
(Thanks to Penguin Random House, I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
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?
There was no doubt in my mind that I would enjoy this one, it has so many qualities I like reading about. It’s a love story, deals with mental illness, and ultimately making an important decision. I was definitely not disappointed in this one. It was told at a pace that the story flowed beautifully, making me have a hard time putting it down.
I almost immediately fell in love with both Nick and June. Nick ultimately would make the “wrong” decisions, but for all the right reasons. He was a character torn in two with how he should live his life and how he wanted to. June on the other hand seemed to always be making the right decisions. Until symptoms of something she knew nothing about starting showing and she had no idea how to handle them.
I absolutely recommend this book if you are looking for a contemporary book that deals with tough scenarios. There is a lot more to it than what the synopsis portrays and I have a feeling you, too will not be disappointed. The writing is just captivating and really made me feel like I was friends with the two main characters. At points I just wanted to hug them and tell them everything would be ok, but who knew if that was true.