From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds. Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places. Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess's home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves? For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they've turned the last page.
This book is fabulous. I devoured it in one greedy gulp the day it arrived at my house and loved every page. Jess and Nicu's story is a really interesting one and you quickly become invested in both of them and particularly their relationship as it progresses. It's aching beautiful in the way it is written and leaves you completely heartbroken by the end. If you were ever in doubt about whether novels in verse were for you start with this and be prepared to be bowled over.