Every Other Weekend
Can life begin again…every other weekend?Adam Moynihan’s life used to be awesome. Straight As, close friends and a home life so perfect that it could have been a TV show straight out of the 50s. Then his oldest brother died. Now his fun-loving mom cries constantly, he and his remaining brother can’t talk without fighting, and the father he always admired proved himself a coward by moving out when they needed him most.Jolene Timber’s life is nothing like the movies she loves—not the happy ones anyway. As an aspiring director, she should know, because she’s been reimagining her life as a film ever since she was a kid. With her divorced parents at each other’s throats and using her as a pawn, no amount of mental reediting will give her the love she’s starving for. Forced to spend every other weekend in the same apartment building, the boy who thinks forgiveness makes him weak and the girl who thinks love is for fools begin an unlikely friendship. The weekends he dreaded and she endured soon become the best part of their lives. But when one’s life begins to mend while the other’s spirals out of control, they realize that falling in love while surrounded by its demise means nothing is ever guaranteed.

Every Other Weekend Details

TitleEvery Other Weekend
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherInkyard Press
ISBN-139781335929099
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Every Other Weekend Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    For sniff, sniff, again four (sniveling noises), okay let’s try again four ( sobbing sounds, this comes from my husband because I told him the plot of the book and he actually started to sob while he was chopping onions for his signature meatballs!), okay FOUR OH GOD I CRIED SO MUCH, THIS BOOK IS REALLY SAD, HEART WRENCHING and I think I’m gonna binge watch “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “SNL” episodes to recover from it stars!!! Wow, this is way of too angsty, heartbreaking, emotional For sniff, sniff, again four (sniveling noises), okay let’s try again four ( sobbing sounds, this comes from my husband because I told him the plot of the book and he actually started to sob while he was chopping onions for his signature meatballs!), okay FOUR OH GOD I CRIED SO MUCH, THIS BOOK IS REALLY SAD, HEART WRENCHING and I think I’m gonna binge watch “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “SNL” episodes to recover from it stars!!! Wow, this is way of too angsty, heartbreaking, emotional and gripping story for my taste. Some parts depressed me so much, I feel and hurt for those young beautiful characters have been going through hell in their personal lives. Unfortunately nobody can have a chance to choose their family. If we have those chances, all those shitty parents feel more pissed off because they cannot find a person to blame for their miserable lives and they cannot find any other person to abuse… They always use the kids to leave invisible scars could never get healed at the end of their lives! And yes, Jolene and Adam are also suffering from their own parents from hell, so they have been pushed to be grown up faster and punched by life’s harshest consequences because when life deals you a shitty hand, you may leave the table or you learn how to bluff to change the situation for your own leverage. Their slow building not enemies but unlikeable fellows to friends and lovers relationship warmed my heart. The weekends turned into their small escapes from their compelling lives.Some parts of book really made me sob so much and so many people stopped me to make sure I was all right ( My advice for you friends: do not ever read a tear jerker, ugly crier books when you’re at the public places. I did it when I push my shopping cart when I bought my groceries. The market security guy got so worried about me and as I told him about this book’s plot, he also started to cry. I thought this book brought out his worse childhood memories. A few other women who eavesdropped our talking also joined the hysterical crying movement. One of the worst things, when I tried to calm the choir of ugly criers down, I realized the ice creams I bought already melted! Yikes!) CHARACTERIZATION is good, realistic and well-rounded. The story line was upsetting, frustrating. I wanted to scream at the author to give a break and stop torturing those beautiful characters! Only bad thing a little irritated me was too book’s longevity. Maybe a little reduction would be better for the pacing. The readers need to take a break from sniffing, crying, sobbing and other turmoil they have to endure during their reading. Just because of all those long pages push me lower my star points. Special thanks to Netgalley and HARLEQUIN TEEN for sharing this beautiful, emotional roller coaster with me in exchange my honest review!
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  • Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    Pages: 432Publication: January 7th 2020Witty yet poignant story of love in a hopeless placePerfectly developed story about a pair of teens from broken homes who meet at the crappy apartment complex of their fathers, who have custody of them every other weekend. Both teens have heavy issues they are dealing with in their personal and family lives. They find escape, comfort and joy in being together when they would otherwise have nothing.Jolene Timber is a rich girl from the city whose parents Pages: 432Publication: January 7th 2020Witty yet poignant story of love in a hopeless placePerfectly developed story about a pair of teens from broken homes who meet at the crappy apartment complex of their fathers, who have custody of them every other weekend. Both teens have heavy issues they are dealing with in their personal and family lives. They find escape, comfort and joy in being together when they would otherwise have nothing.Jolene Timber is a rich girl from the city whose parents broke up because her father cheated on her mother. They had a personal trainer, named Shelly coming to the house regularly and Shelly became friendly with Jo in order to get closer to her father. Jolene’s mother then was caught them in bed together. Now her father works so much Jolene never sees him and his lawyers demand that he gets custody every other weekend, which is just a way to get back at her unloving and sometimes abusive and alcoholic mother. So Jo is stuck with Shelly when she comes to the rundown apartment he rented in order to hide assets from her Mom. Jo meets Adam, who grew up in the farming suburbs, on the balcony next to hers on his first day coming to see his father who is living in the apartment next to Jolene. Adam thinks his father is a coward for leaving his Mom and he shows his animosity to his Dad every chance he gets. His family didn’t break apart due to cheating, it happened because of a loss and he he feels like his Dad left during their time of need.Jolene is a filmmaker and Adam wants to reassure his mother that he is doing fine at his father’s so he asks Jo if he can take a picture of her to send his Mom in order to say he met someone. They quickly become friends and thereafter spend just about every minute of every other weekend together. Jolene has a quick wit and is always teasing Adam, who blushes like nobody’s business. The book has more than it’s fair share of laughable moments. As these two get to know each other on their “Dad” weekends and text during the week, they develop feelings for each other. The book is sweet, nostalgic, heartwarming and also deals with some tough issues such as personal loss, grief, abuse, neglect, and more. It was well written with great characters and supporting characters such as Shelly, Adams brothers Greg and Jeremy and Jolene’s friends Cherry and Gabe. I really enjoyed the story and the nostalgia of first love.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Amazon|Twitter|BookBub
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    this cover just added 2 years to my life
  • Susan's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This was an absolute masterpiece! I wanted to insert so many quote-worthy passages from this extremely well-written novel, but I decided to let you discover the beauty of Abigail Johnson's prose for yourself. (I also want to use words like "stunning, highly intelligent, topical and relevant - A MUST READ!!!)Abigail Johnson has created such endearingly unforgettable characters in Jolene and Adam. Jolene will crack you up with her wicked wit, her bravado and dramatic self-deprecating ways. She has This was an absolute masterpiece! I wanted to insert so many quote-worthy passages from this extremely well-written novel, but I decided to let you discover the beauty of Abigail Johnson's prose for yourself. (I also want to use words like "stunning, highly intelligent, topical and relevant - A MUST READ!!!)Abigail Johnson has created such endearingly unforgettable characters in Jolene and Adam. Jolene will crack you up with her wicked wit, her bravado and dramatic self-deprecating ways. She has had to create a bullet-proof shell around her heart in order to endure the war-zone that was her childhood. Jolene is a filmmaker by necessity, escaping into the world of movies, rewriting the awful script that real life has handed her. What a gutsy girl! Jolene and Adam are angry, messed up kids who meet one another during their bi-weekly visits with their respective separated parents, who happen to live in the same apartment building. Their rage and discontent jumped out at you from the written page. It was almost impossible to stop reading this story. Adam is so decent and adorable. He falls instantly under Jolene's spell, even though she fights to keep their relationship in the "friend zone" - because love is never anything anyone has ever freely given her before. (Her parents are selfish monsters!) The dialogue is fast-paced and often quite hilarious. I don't know if I have ever laughed (and sniffled!) so much during a YA before. Well done!Jolene and Adam's slow burn relationship has its anxious moments, but the satisfyingly realistic ending will leave you crying happy tears. They don't know what the future will truly bring for these two, but we know the scenario that they HOPE will be what the Fates have in store for them. The scene where Jolene and Adam predict their joint Oscar acceptance speeches - his for the adapted screenplay of his first novel, hers for filming and directing that very same first novel - had me in stitches. Adorable! (Something tells me that they may very well make it - those are two very strong-willed, passionate young adults!!) HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A 10 out of 5 stars!My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    "It was a love story. Not romantic exactly, but the kind of love that maybe lasts beyond passion and heartache. It was a story of friendship, with all its possibilities laid out in front of it."What a powerful story of love that enflames between two teens in a hopeless world. What can I tell you about Abigail's writing? It's gut wrenching, inspiring, beautiful, and absolutely well worth every page. This is the third book that I've read from Abigail and she continues to impress with with her "It was a love story. Not romantic exactly, but the kind of love that maybe lasts beyond passion and heartache. It was a story of friendship, with all its possibilities laid out in front of it."What a powerful story of love that enflames between two teens in a hopeless world. What can I tell you about Abigail's writing? It's gut wrenching, inspiring, beautiful, and absolutely well worth every page. This is the third book that I've read from Abigail and she continues to impress with with her flawless story telling. Abigail once again created unforgettable characters of Adam and Jolene. This is the story of two teens that come from backgrounds that have been broken and they connect with one another through the pain, love, friendship, and healing. There is a lot of heavy content that is discussed in this novel but Abigail writes with ease and love through every single page. Oh my gosh... did my heart break for both Adam and Jolene. Do you ever wonder how sometimes in this messed up and f...ed up world we find love? With all the heartache that surrounds us in this so called beautiful thing we call life? Well.. let me tell you right here ladies and gentleman between Adam and Jolene love does exist.This was an unforgettable novel and can't give Abigail enough praise!!!Highly highly recommend my friends!!5/5 stars. And... YES this hardly every happens for me. I've giving a book 5 stars... so RUN to pre order this.Thank you so much to Netgalley and Harlequin/Inkyard Press for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Publication date: 1/7/20Published to GR: 10/19/19
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  • ✨ A ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Forced to spend every other weekend in the same apartment building, the boy who thinks forgiveness makes him weak and the girl who thinks love is for fools begin an unlikely friendship. The weekends he dreaded and she endured soon become the best part of their lives. This sounds like its going to be filled with everything I love in a YA contemporary. ‹ E-ARC kindly sent by the publishers at Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review ›« Release date: 07 January 2020 »
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I’m pretty picky with contemporary but I loved the writing and dialogue in this. It felt a little young to me which I feel like would be absolutely perfect for teens!
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    I’m not sure if it was Abigail’s intention to leave me sobbing on an airplane with no one to talk to about my feelings but here we are.
  • Susan's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This was an absolute masterpiece! I wanted to insert so many quote-worthy passages from this extremely well-written novel, but I decided to let you discover the beauty of Abigail Johnson's prose for yourself. (I also want to use words like "stunning, highly intelligent, topical and relevant - A MUST READ!!!)Abigail Johnson has created such endearingly unforgettable characters in Jolene and Adam. Jolene will crack you up with her wicked wit, her bravado and self-deprecating ways. She has had to This was an absolute masterpiece! I wanted to insert so many quote-worthy passages from this extremely well-written novel, but I decided to let you discover the beauty of Abigail Johnson's prose for yourself. (I also want to use words like "stunning, highly intelligent, topical and relevant - A MUST READ!!!)Abigail Johnson has created such endearingly unforgettable characters in Jolene and Adam. Jolene will crack you up with her wicked wit, her bravado and self-deprecating ways. She has had to create a bullet-proof shell around her heart in order to endure the war-zone that was, and still is, her childhood. Jolene is a filmmaker by necessity, escaping into the world of movies, rewriting the awful script that real life has handed her. What a gutsy but messed up girl!Jolene and Adam are angry, messed up kids who meet one another during their bi-weekly visits with their respective separated parents, who happen to live in the same apartment building. Their rage and discontent jumped out at you from the written page. It was almost impossible to stop reading this story.Adam is so decent and adorable. He falls instantly under Jolene's spell, even though she fights to keep their relationship in the "friend zone" - because love is never anything anyone in her has ever willingly given her before. The dialogue is fast-paced and often quite hilarious. I don't know if I have ever laughed (and sniffled!) so much during a YA before. Well done!Jolene and Adam's slow burn relationship has its anxious moments, but the satisfyingly realistic ending will leave you crying happy tears. We don't know what the future will truly bring for these two, but we know the scenario that they HOPE will be the Fates have in store for them. The scene where Jolene and Adam predict their joint Oscar acceptance speeches - his for the adapted screenplay of his first novel, hers for filming and directing that very same first novel - had me in stitches. Adorable! (Something tells me that they may very well make it!!)HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A 10 out of 5 stars!My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Samantha Young
    January 1, 1970
    Every Other Weekend delves into many important topics for young people and Abigail Johnson does this with remarkable skill through the two very distinctive voices of Adam and Jolene. I loved Adam. His grief felt real and relatable, as did his flaws and actions, but mostly I loved his kindness and modern sense of honor. We need more heroes in YA like Adam! As for Jolene, she’s my kind of heroine. Passionate and driven, all the while hiding her vulnerability behind snark and banter. Jolene’s Every Other Weekend delves into many important topics for young people and Abigail Johnson does this with remarkable skill through the two very distinctive voices of Adam and Jolene. I loved Adam. His grief felt real and relatable, as did his flaws and actions, but mostly I loved his kindness and modern sense of honor. We need more heroes in YA like Adam! As for Jolene, she’s my kind of heroine. Passionate and driven, all the while hiding her vulnerability behind snark and banter. Jolene’s emotional development and the slow burn romance that helped pull her out from behind her high defences kept me turning the pages. This is a coming-of-age story with real heart and authenticity. A must read!
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  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    January 1, 1970
    1st ~ 5 star read ~ of 2020!!! "You made me want to be happy again." I am mentally kicking myself for not reading this book sooner because now that I've read AND fallen completely in love with Adam and Jolene this book has easily become one of my all time favorite reads. I stayed up all night reading it and the reading hangover the next morning was 100% worth it! "I want all of you. Prickly, funny, sarcastic, brilliant, and sometimes-a-little-mean you." I loved that it made me laugh out 1st ~ 5 star read ~ of 2020!!! "You made me want to be happy again." I am mentally kicking myself for not reading this book sooner because now that I've read AND fallen completely in love with Adam and Jolene this book has easily become one of my all time favorite reads. I stayed up all night reading it and the reading hangover the next morning was 100% worth it! "I want all of you. Prickly, funny, sarcastic, brilliant, and sometimes-a-little-mean you." I loved that it made me laugh out loud, I loved that it was easy to claim Jolene instantly as a BFF, I loved how easy it was to fall for Adam (even when he was at his moodiest and you could tell he didn't much like my girl Jolene in the beginning haha!) and I even loved that it not only tugged at my romantic heart strings but it played all my other emotions like a well strung guitar. "All my life I've wanted to change things, to make them perfect and safe and unreal, because my reality was a mess. " This book deals with some pretty heavy stuff but it also gives you hope and friendship and love. Not just the romantic kind of love either. Family and friends play a huge part. And you get the good with the bad and all the complicated messes in between. Every other chapter had me either laughing, getting all mushy with the fuzzy feels, bawling my eyes out or wishing instant death on certain characters (you know who you are!) I swear my heart got battered reading this! "Adam, I never needed a movie with you, because when you love someone - and I can say it a million times if you want - it's already perfect." Every Other Weekend gave me some serious YA feels a la Fangirl. It had great characters that were complex, a story that was rich and the distinctive voices the author gave each of her characters was spot on. And not just Jo and Adam because there's a huge range of characters that contribute something extra to the story and paints a bigger and broader picture. "It was a love story. Not romantic exactly, but the kind of love that maybe lasts beyond passion and heartache. It was a story of friendship, with all its possibilities laid out in front of it. That's what Adam and I had." I wasn't expecting such a deeply moving story but I'm so glad that I took a chance because I can't stop gushing over this book. It really left an impression on me. Memorable Moments: • Pretty much all the back and forth texting between Adam and Jolene. • How Adam envisioned their success, their friendship, their everything. ...he saw us together. Not just for a year or throughout college, but always.• When Adam promises to read The Fellowship of the Ring outloud to Jo, my book loving heart about melted! I'm bringing you my copy of The Fellowship of the Ring next weekend. We'll find somewhere quiet and I will read more than the opening chapters to you."• Jolene, always being able to pull Adam out of his funk and making him laugh. She took both my hands like she was about to bare her soul to me. In a soft, gentle voice, she said, "If you feel like you need to cry, just give me a sign and I'll collide into you, knocking us both to the ground - that way everyone will think you're crying 'cause I kneed your junk."• Adam reading Jolene's essay... ...the heart of her essay - Jolene's heart - beat beautifully through the whole thing.I could keep going but I'll end up quoting the whole book :) Would I recommend? Yes, I really liked this one and hope others do too. This book just brought every emotion in me out and I know this story will stay with me for a long while.* * *  ARC provided for an honest review * * *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[Ages : Adam and Jolene are both 15 going on 16.Romance : Yes but it's definitely a slow burn progression from friendship to romance. Sexual Content : No descriptive sexual contact. MCs kiss and have a few make out scenes. Possible Triggers : Jolene is targeted by a sexual predator and she is a victim of sexual assault (forced kissing and touching. No rape.) Jolene also deals with the world's most toxic parents, she's a product of a antagonist divorce where it's made obvious that neither parent cares for her. There's death of a sibling. Adam's parents are separated because neither parent could cope with the lose of Adam's oldest brother Greg over two years ago. Sibling rivalry - Adam and his other brother Jeremy are angry with themselves and each other while dealing with their own grief over Greg. Unhealthy/abusive relationship and cheating involving secondary characters. Standalone/Series : I believe it's a stand alone but the author mentions in the back of the book that Daniel (Greg's best friend) is the MC of another book - If I save you? (hide spoiler)]
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  • Queen Cronut
    January 1, 1970
    Every Other Weekend has reminded me that realistic fiction and romance are not overrated. I generally don't read this genre of books since I like to be far away from reality when I read but this one sounded interesting and I'm glad I gave it a shot. Every Other Weekend follows two teens, Adam and Jolene, with complicated family issues who spend every other weekend together at a shady, run-down apartment complex. Despite seeing each other twice a month, their friendship leads to healing and Every Other Weekend has reminded me that realistic fiction and romance are not overrated. I generally don't read this genre of books since I like to be far away from reality when I read but this one sounded interesting and I'm glad I gave it a shot. Every Other Weekend follows two teens, Adam and Jolene, with complicated family issues who spend every other weekend together at a shady, run-down apartment complex. Despite seeing each other twice a month, their friendship leads to healing and finding a sense of belonging. It sounds like a cheesy Hallmark movie but this book gets you in the feels. Johnson does such a fantastic job discussing loss, mental health, messy relationships, and finding redemption and hope in dark times. This was so engrossing and such a lovely, bittersweet novel.*Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN publishers for providing a free ARC
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  • Abigail Johnson
    January 1, 1970
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  • Clockwork
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for sending me a digital arc of this book.Adam Moynihan used to have a normal, happy life until his brother died in an accident two years ago. Now his mother constantly cries, his father moved out to a different apartment and he and his other brother can't be civil to each other for more than a minute. Jolene Timber's life has always been a nightmare but it got even worse after her parent's divorce. Her parents keep using her as a pawn in their fights Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for sending me a digital arc of this book.Adam Moynihan used to have a normal, happy life until his brother died in an accident two years ago. Now his mother constantly cries, his father moved out to a different apartment and he and his other brother can't be civil to each other for more than a minute. Jolene Timber's life has always been a nightmare but it got even worse after her parent's divorce. Her parents keep using her as a pawn in their fights against each other. To escape her reality, Jolene focuses on filmmaking and rewriting the story of her life with the change of camera angle When forced to spend every other weekend in the same building, Adam and Jolene forms an unlikely friendship and something more while healing each other along the way. 'Every Other Weekend' is a coming of age story about two lost souls coming from broken families, dealing with their grief and learning how to love and forgive themselves and the others around them. This is a very character driven story with not much of plot going on. It was very interesting to see Adam and Jolene come in terms with their situations, getting past all the self loathing and bitterness. This book delves into some very morbid and dark issues like - death, grief, divorce, manipulation and sexual harassment. But there is also the right amount of light hearted moments that adds a fun element to the book. The lack of plot progression bothered me a little. It took me a while to get through this book. I was about 50% in and nothing was really happening in the story other than the main characters hanging out every other day. Most of it was a little boring and morbid but I did enjoy the banters and the interactions between the main characters.
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  • Kris (frantic4romantic)
    January 1, 1970
    I waited for this book. The author did a fantastic job of getting me hyped up to read it. Then, I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy via NetGalley. I have to say, it was worth the wait.Adam and Jolene bonded over similar life circumstances — having to visit the their fathers every other weekend in the same apartment building. While their stories were very different, each of them found solace in each others company. Over time, that budding friendship turned into something much more. I loved I waited for this book. The author did a fantastic job of getting me hyped up to read it. Then, I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy via NetGalley. I have to say, it was worth the wait.Adam and Jolene bonded over similar life circumstances — having to visit the their fathers every other weekend in the same apartment building. While their stories were very different, each of them found solace in each others company. Over time, that budding friendship turned into something much more. I loved their relationship. The way they were so blunt with one another. Their witty banter had me laughing out loud multiple times. I loved Jolene! Her character was strong and complex, all while being a little bit broken.This book was so full of real life situations and heartache. It covered loss, neglect, abuse, dealing with changing family dynamics, careless parents, thoughtful parents, anger, sadness, loneliness, and even love. The author captured the raw quality of those emotions so well. I also really liked the dual POVs. It helped you get into the heads of each character a little more.This was a fantastic read. A slow burn, young adult romance, that touched on real-life situations. I have to mention also, that I’m partial to young people finding their “forever love” at such young ages. Some say it’s unrealistic, but it was very real in my life, so I have no problem finding it believable.I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult contemporary romance and real life fiction.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    I wish Every Other Weekend could be required reading for every child of divorce. I'm almost 40 years old and I NEEDED to read this story. Jolene and Adam have 2 vastly different families, but they still get every other weekend childhoods. The grief, anger sadness, confusion, isolation, and booming silence never over shadows the whispers of hope that it will get better. I'm so thankful that this book exists and I was granted the privilege of reviewing an ARC thanks to Inkyard Press and NetGalley.
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  • kelly {BookCrushin}
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my heart. The feelings, the sadness, the pain, the love! This book is a must read for any contemporary fan!
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    It is no secret that Abigail Johnson is one of my all-time favourite authors. And she did not disappoint with her newest release, Every Other Weekend. So many teens are impacted by their parents’ divorces, so I know this will be a relatable novel for many young people. Johnson captures all the devastation, hope, guilt and grief involved in family breakdown. All too real emotions, push and pull romance, heartbreaking family circumstances and authentic voices, this book will be another YA It is no secret that Abigail Johnson is one of my all-time favourite authors. And she did not disappoint with her newest release, Every Other Weekend. So many teens are impacted by their parents’ divorces, so I know this will be a relatable novel for many young people. Johnson captures all the devastation, hope, guilt and grief involved in family breakdown. All too real emotions, push and pull romance, heartbreaking family circumstances and authentic voices, this book will be another YA contemporary favourite.Adam and Jolene. Two teens forced to spend every other weekend at a rundown apartment block due to their parents’ separations. But their family situations couldn’t be more different. Adam knows it won’t be long until his family is back together, if only Adam’s father would realise he should be there for his mother as they all grieve the death of Adam’s eldest brother. Jolene knows her parents are never getting back together and quite frankly she’s okay with that. She hates the melodrama her mother puts on every time she leaves for a weekend stay at her father’s empty apartment - empty except for her father’s way-too-young girlfriend. Adam and Jolene forge a strong friendship over the weekends they share. But will that friendship last if their family circumstances change?Told in alternating first person chapters, Adam and Jolene’s voices leap from the page. Both unique characters, I quickly fell in love with the both of them. Adam is adorably charming. He is grieving the loss of his much-loved brother, hurting for his mother, fighting with his remaining older brother and determined to show his father just how wrong he is to have left. It makes for some awkward family weekends. I hurt so much for Jolene. Torn apart by her family, she doubts her self-worth. Having Adam as her person is a first in her life. But it isn’t easy, especially when their friendship is first challenged by his relationship with another girl and then the improvement in his family circumstances, while her’s remains the constant horror it always was. I loved that true, authentic friendship is the basis of their relationship. As they struggle through their growing feelings and pain of their family situations, the strength of their friendship and commitment to each other remains.Johnson has a way of exposing the best and worst of family in her books and Every Other Weekend is no different. Full of emotions and strong teen romance, it is as easy to read as it is to love. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    Adam and Jolene meet in the apartment building where there dads live in neighboring apartments. They both visit on the same weekends of the month and strike up a friendship. How do you maintain a friendship when you only see that person 5-6 days/month? What happens when you realize that one set of parents may be able to reconcile? Does a great job of showing the dynamics of a family struggling with a catastrophic loss. Also shows the deep pain that parents can inflict on their child when that Adam and Jolene meet in the apartment building where there dads live in neighboring apartments. They both visit on the same weekends of the month and strike up a friendship. How do you maintain a friendship when you only see that person 5-6 days/month? What happens when you realize that one set of parents may be able to reconcile? Does a great job of showing the dynamics of a family struggling with a catastrophic loss. Also shows the deep pain that parents can inflict on their child when that child is used as a bargaining chip. I really liked Adam and Jolene grew on me. The book seemed to go on a bit too long, though. Thank you to Harlequin Teen and NetGalley for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin TEEN and Abigial Johnson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. “Look, are you going to be around a lot?”“Every other weekend.”He hung his head. “Me too.”I didn’t bother with a fake smile. “Yippee.” Every Other Weekend, my second Abigail Johnson novel I’ve read, was almost unputdownable for me. Not because it was a thrilling page turner, but because I was so invested in these characters I needed to find out what was going to happen next. I even had to put Thank you to Netgalley, Harlequin TEEN and Abigial Johnson for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. “Look, are you going to be around a lot?”“Every other weekend.”He hung his head. “Me too.”I didn’t bother with a fake smile. “Yippee.” Every Other Weekend, my second Abigail Johnson novel I’ve read, was almost unputdownable for me. Not because it was a thrilling page turner, but because I was so invested in these characters I needed to find out what was going to happen next. I even had to put it down a few times so I wouldn’t cry on an airplane – and if you know me, unless it involves animals, I’m probably not going to cry. So there, you win A.J. Stupid dry airplane air.EOW follows two perspectives: Adam Moynihan and Jolene Timber. Adam’s life has recently been turned upside down: His parents are recently separated, in no small part due to the death of their eldest son. Adam was super close to his oldest brother and he was the calming force between Adam and Jeremey, Adam’s other brother. Adam is struggling to adapt to his new life and blames his father for the marriage falling apart. But as part of this new life, he and Jeremy are forced to come to his father’s apartment every other weekend. It’s here he meets Jolene, who has been coming to her dad’s apartment every other weekend for years. However, she never actually sees her dad while she’s there. He’s always giving excuses and making his girlfriend, Shelly, parent Jolene in his absence. As horrible of a relationship as she has with Shelly and her father, Jolene’s relationship with her mother is extremely poor too. Her mother wants Jolene to spy on her father, because she believes his hiding money from her. She is physically and emotionally abusive to Jolene and has a substance abuse issue as well. So both Jolene and Adam are in pretty low places when they meet, but that doesn’t stop them from instantly connecting. Adam is drawn to Jolene’s enigmatic and confident demeanor. She’s an aspiring filmmaker and quickly ropes Adam in to help her with her movies. Soon, they actually look forward to their awkward weekends at the apartment, where they ignore their families and find comfort in not feeling alone. If I wasn’t half in love with her before I read it, I was after. Except there was no half anything with Jolene.It was a love story. Not romantic exactly, but the kind of love that maybe lasts beyond passion and heartache. It was a story of friendship, with all its possible laid out in front of it. That’s what Adam and I had. As with Even If I Fall, I adored almost all of the characters in this book and really appreciated how real and grounded the various storylines were. There were obviously themes of families (both good and bad), the trauma of loss and change, friendships, breakups and makeups, sibling rivalry and complicated relationships with parents. There is also the trauma of a sexual assault and dealing in the aftermath. It’s a lot of heavy things, but there’s still a lot of joy and light to be found. I loved Adam and Jolene’s complicated relationship, as well as Adam’s love of his family. Even when he is furious at his father, deep down it’s clear it’s coming from a place of love and loss. Jolene was an amazing character in her own right, and I loved how much she believe in herself, even when no around really believe in her or her talent. And as I mentioned before, there were definitely times when I got a little misty-eyed, as there’s a lot of mention of loss in here that just really hit me for some reason. My inside warned me that if I let him any closer I wouldn’t survive, but I knew with a burst of heat that chased away every last bit of cold from my body that I’d never truly live if I tried to keep him away. Overall, I really loved this book. It might be a tiny bit behind Even If I Fall, but certainly not by much. Johnson continues to write complicated, but down to earth, stories about teenagers dealing with a multitude of issues. Her stories have so many layers, but it never feels like it’s too much. It all blends seamlessly and her characters are so enjoyable and easy to love. “And I know you’re gonna break my heart at some point, I might even break yours.” I pressed her hand more firmly against my chest. “But it’s yours to break and mend and hopefully not break again, because, like you’ve said many times, I have fragile boy emotions.” TW: Sexual assault, death of a family member, verbal and physical abuse, substance abuse, talk of death/dying, controlling/abusive relationship
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this one. I was in the mood for a YA read and this ARC came in so it was perfect. Adam and Jolene (and yes I sang the song every time) spend every other weekend with their dads at the same apartment complex. They are neighbors. Jolene's parents have been divorced a long time and hate each other, but Adam's parents have just separated and he is new to this life. This book is 500 pages so there is a lot that happens. Adam's family has had a tragedy that ripped his family apart but I really enjoyed this one. I was in the mood for a YA read and this ARC came in so it was perfect. Adam and Jolene (and yes I sang the song every time) spend every other weekend with their dads at the same apartment complex. They are neighbors. Jolene's parents have been divorced a long time and hate each other, but Adam's parents have just separated and he is new to this life. This book is 500 pages so there is a lot that happens. Adam's family has had a tragedy that ripped his family apart but Jolene just has an awful life. They spend every minute together during their weekends, but at some point they cannot do that and Adam has to try to balance his new friendship and getting his family back on track, which makes Jolene turn to some bad things. I read to escape reality but I did not mind the realities of their lives in this book. "Who needs an Erica when I've got you?""Jolene made me want to try for stupid, probably impossible things.""You're worth being a really good friend to, Jolene Timber. I hope I get to be there when you realize that." "Because it turns out it's a lot easier to point out somebody else's mistakes than recognize your own."
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  • MMill
    January 1, 1970
    Jolene is an aspiring filmmaker and she wishes her life were more like the movies. Her divorced parents are the worst. They use her as ammunition to hurt each other and don't care at all how much damage they're doing to her in the process. She has to go stay at her dad's crappy apartment every other weekend, and those days are the longest of her entire month. Until Adam and his brother, Jeremy, come to stay with their dad in HIS crappy apartment every other weekend. Adam's parents are separated Jolene is an aspiring filmmaker and she wishes her life were more like the movies. Her divorced parents are the worst. They use her as ammunition to hurt each other and don't care at all how much damage they're doing to her in the process. She has to go stay at her dad's crappy apartment every other weekend, and those days are the longest of her entire month. Until Adam and his brother, Jeremy, come to stay with their dad in HIS crappy apartment every other weekend. Adam's parents are separated and still seem to love each other, so their situations aren't exactly the same. But it doesn't matter. Finally, Jolene isn't alone anymore. As she and Adam get to know each other in these stolen weekends, they discover just how much pain they've been hiding from everyone else. Adam's older brother passed away two years ago, and he blames their dad for expecting his mom to get over it too quickly. Jolene hasn't actually laid eyes on her dad in almost 200 days and is forced to spend "his" weekends with the home-wrecking girlfriend he left Jo's mother for. Adam and Jolene gradually segue from friendship into something more, but when Adam's dad moves back home again and they leave the apartment building, will their fragile relationship come crashing down around them proving that loving someone really does mean you'll eventually experience the pain of losing them?I've read one Abigail Johnson book before (If I Fix You), and while I enjoyed ONE of the characters in that one, the others were a lot harder to like. I came to love almost every single character in Every Other Weekend. They were all exceptionally well-written, with a depth and authenticity that really brought them to life and made them real. They were all flawed, to be sure, but all of them were trying. You can see growth in almost all of them: not just Jolene and Adam, but in Adam's parents and even the home-wrecking girlfriend, Shelly (who I sort of ended up loving). Jolene broke my heart with all she's been through, and Adam is the perfect balm to her battered soul. It's super cheesy to say this, I fully realize, but they really do seem to be exactly what the other one never knew they always needed.There are BIG issues covered in this book: divorce, loss, grief, trust, love, manipulation, and sexual assault, just to name a few of them. These are heavy and dark, but the banter between Adam and Jolene was hilarious and provided a great counterbalance to the harder moments. But the issues aren't just mentioned and then glossed over, either. The characters delve down deep into them, discussing them at length and demonstrating their strategies (the ones that work and the ones that don't) for working through them. Lessons are learned, often the hard way, but the message repeatedly comes through that no one is ever as alone as they sometimes feel and think they are.After the first book I read by this author, I had kind of put a hold on reading any more. This one makes me want to go back and try the ones I missed. Abigail Johnson has hit it out of the park with this moving story of friendship and surviving the different kinds of loss that life throws at us.**Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin TEEN and Inkyard Press for the lovely ARC in exchange for my honest review!**
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  • Caroline Bertaud
    January 1, 1970
    Dysfunctioning families is at the heart of the story. It's sad—for those kids—and hopeful, but they're quick-witted so it works very well. I hate to compare books as much as comparing siblings, like which one is your favorite, but I must say I liked EVEN IF I FALL a lot more. That said, I'm sure EVERY OTHER WEEKEND will speak volumes to thousands of teens in the same situation. Nice characters and a cute love story.
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  • Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
    January 1, 1970
    This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.Every Other Weekend is the first book I’ve read from Abigail Johnson but it surely won’t be the last. I loved this dual POV story of two teens spending every other weekend together as they navigate their complicated home lives.All Jolene wants is to be a filmmaker and escape her current life. The pawn in her divorced parents’ games, she likes to re-imagine her life as it would be if it was a movie—using her mind to direct the bad This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger.Every Other Weekend is the first book I’ve read from Abigail Johnson but it surely won’t be the last. I loved this dual POV story of two teens spending every other weekend together as they navigate their complicated home lives.All Jolene wants is to be a filmmaker and escape her current life. The pawn in her divorced parents’ games, she likes to re-imagine her life as it would be if it was a movie—using her mind to direct the bad memories into good ones. Adam, on the other hand, just wants his two separated parents to reunite and for life to go back to normal, or as much as it can ever be now that his eldest brother is dead. Both forced to spend every other weekend with their dads, Jolene and Adam become friends in their falling apart apartment complex.Every Other Weekend contains such a realistic portrayal of teens. It also looks at grief, dysfunctional families, and trust problems. This heartfelt novel will leave you with all the feels as you watch Jolene and Adam slowly fall for each other in the midst of all of their hurt and pain. If you’re a fan of slow burns, you will most definitely love their relationship as they start off as shaky friends and transition into something else. Oh, and you’ll probably want to have tissues at the ready as you read this book.Overall, fans of Katie McGarry will love Every Other Weekend! I’m excited to read the rest of Abigail Johnson’s backlist in the future.
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  • Vinny —☽.。* Artsy Draft
    January 1, 1970
    —.:* Quick recap! This book is about two struggled teens who develop an unlikely friendship during their encounter on their fathers' apartment complex. Read this book if you're a fan of heartwarming teenage first love story that featured hard-hitting issues. You might want to consider it because it was 500+ pages long and some could be intimidated by the number, but I'd say you'll enjoy every single page. A lot of triggering behaviors were also featured in this book, such as parental abuse, —.:* Quick recap! ☆ This book is about two struggled teens who develop an unlikely friendship during their encounter on their fathers' apartment complex.☆ Read this book if you're a fan of heartwarming teenage first love story that featured hard-hitting issues.☆ You might want to consider it because it was 500+ pages long and some could be intimidated by the number, but I'd say you'll enjoy every single page. A lot of triggering behaviors were also featured in this book, such as parental abuse, sexual assault, and toxic relationships.Every Other Weekend is a must-read hard-hitting contemporary. Although it was narrated fun and lightly, the issues within this story were far heavier, making you realized just how deep a person could feel their loss and grief about it. Trigger warning applied for an abusive relationship, emotional and physical abuse from parents, the loss of loved one, sexual assault.—.:* Full review to come! Thank you Inkyard Press for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Katy Upperman
    January 1, 1970
    You know those rare books that are so fantastically executed, with concepts so wonderfully unique, you wish you’d written them yourself? For me, EVERY OTHER WEEKEND is one of those books. I adored every moment I spent with this story. Abigail’s writing reads as effortless. Her character are so deftly drawn, they feel like real people; Adam and Jolene made me laugh out loud, and they also made me profoundly sad. I can’t recommend this story enough — please pick it up when it releases in January!
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  • Makenna Fournier
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited when I heard that this book was going to focus on two main characters dealing with having divorced parents because I grew up having parents who were divorced, and this book did not disappoint. We follow Jolene whose parents had a very nasty divorce, they use her as a pawn against each other, and really quite honestly don’t care for her other than as a means to get what they want were as Adam’s parents had an amicable split after a tragedy in their lives happen. Both of their dad I was so excited when I heard that this book was going to focus on two main characters dealing with having divorced parents because I grew up having parents who were divorced, and this book did not disappoint. We follow Jolene whose parents had a very nasty divorce, they use her as a pawn against each other, and really quite honestly don’t care for her other than as a means to get what they want were as Adam’s parents had an amicable split after a tragedy in their lives happen. Both of their dad’s move out after their divorce and into apartments, and that is how they both meet each other, they now see each other every other weekend living next door to each other in that apartment complex.I really liked the fact that we got to see two different ways a divorce can be, and how there were differences in how each person was affected, while also bonding them together through the similarities. It was SO fun seeing Adam and Jolene become friends throughout this book, there were just so many times where I was laughing out loud while those two together.While there were a lot of fun parts, there were also a LOT of sad parts in this book too, and wow did those parts hit hard. Like I mentioned before, Jolene’s parents are not great, and it was hard to read any scene that involved them, to see the way their lack of love severely affected her. Adam’s part of the story had it’s fair share too with the past death of a family member causing MANY heart wrenching scenes and passages. There was also a side story involving Jolene’s best friend falling into this toxic relationship pattern with her boyfriend that I have seen happen with one of my best friends before and I thought it was so well done.My only complaint for this book was that for me, I felt like it started to drag on in the middle, I almost wish it would have just been cut down a little. Looking back on this book I feel like there were just SO many things that were trying to be done, and I feel like at least one could have been cut from this book and used in another book so this one didn’t feel so packed. But other than that, I felt like this was a great and impactful book, and while it is not my favorite from Abigail, it is still one I would recommend!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Potential Trigger Warnings: Abusive parents, sexual assault Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin Teen, and Inkyard Press for the digital ARC of this book! My opinions are all my own. "Every Other Weekend" is told from alternating perspectives of our two main characters: Adam Moynihan and Jolene Timber. Adam's life was as perfect as could be until his older brother died two years ago. Now, he is constantly fighting with his other older brother, hears his mom crying constantly, and becomes so angry Potential Trigger Warnings: Abusive parents, sexual assault Thank you to NetGalley, Harlequin Teen, and Inkyard Press for the digital ARC of this book! My opinions are all my own. "Every Other Weekend" is told from alternating perspectives of our two main characters: Adam Moynihan and Jolene Timber. Adam's life was as perfect as could be until his older brother died two years ago. Now, he is constantly fighting with his other older brother, hears his mom crying constantly, and becomes so angry with his Dad for giving up on the family and moving out that he can barely speak to him. Jolene's life, however, is a stark contrast to Adam's. Jolene tries to re-imagine her life as one of the happy movies she loves, as an aspiring filmmaker. Her parents are constantly at each other's throats, caring more about the assets they could get out of each other than Jolene herself. Nearly any form of escape is barely enough for Jolene as the fighting gets more intense, until Adam's dad moves in on her floor. And even though they only get to see each other every other weekend at the apartment building they both forced to stay at, it quickly becomes the parts of the month they look forward to the most. Over the course of several months their friendship forms into something neither can really describe, but when one person's life begins to get better while the other's gets worse, they learn that nothing in their lives will go they way they predict it to. This has become one of my favourite books of the year! I loved reading "Every Other Weekend" so much. There were so many highlights about this book. The author got the divorce life down very well. The life of a kid of divorce is accurately portrayed in this novel, from the anger and sadness and blame that may or may not be aimed at the right people, to lawyers and fights and things not always going how you want them to when your life isn't entirely yours to control. This book is full of those moments and feelings, complete with petty shut-outs, the famous feeling of being caught in the middle, and knowing that Jolene has grown up a bit faster than she should have. As somebody with divorced parents, I loved seeing these details and feelings portrayed and be a big part of Jolene's and Adam's lives and emotions for pretty much the entire book. I've read lot of characters in other books that are kids of divorce who's lives are seriously impacted by it, and these stories don't often go into the infinite amount of messy emotions and little details that often come with the life of it. These moments and feelings often feel so small and personal that it feels as if you are the only person that feels them, or that they aren't important. These characters, not just Jolene and Adam, but all of their family members in both of their families, live their lives with these moments day-to-day, haunting them. It was so nice to read, even when Jo and Adam made decisions and said things that I wouldn't have done when I was their age. Adam and Jolene as characters jump right off the pages, and they instantly feel like real people. They both have several flaws and character traits that both make them special and bite them in the butt at times. Adam's blame isn't accurately spread out and his interactions with his dad are quite bold, but he cares about his family so much, and does anything for Jolene. Jo is sarcastic and funny, and often gets a little rude with the people around her, but she's so passionate about her dreams and love for movies. They both go through immense amounts of personal growth separately and together, and watching them change and grow into better versions of themselves throughout the book was so fun to read. Their voices were so teenage, in a fun way, and were different from each other's so I rarely forgot who's perspective I was reading from. The abuse Jolene faces, emotionally and mentally, mimicks the abuse itself: slow, creeping up on the reader, then comes full force. You begin to expect it just as much as Jolene does. I worried about Jolene's safety becoming in danger for a good portion of the book. The dialogue was probably the biggest highlight of the book for me. The way Adam and Jolene talk to each other as time passes and their relationship develops felt so natural and easy, like they were made to be together. The way these two talk to other people in their lives was so realistic, whether facing tension or love, or mixed emotions. Some of the most adorable moments between Adam and Jo happen through dialogue, and some of the most important moments to their growth, both as individuals and between them and other characters in the book, happen while they're talking (or not talking). Their flirting was so much fun to read, and will leave anybody feeling mushy inside. The relationship between Adam and Jolene was also done so well. The romance is a slow-mance, painfully and achingly. I loved every interaction between them, felt everything they felt for each other. The love they have for each other, whether it's romantically or simply just because they care about each other, was so genuine and real. It was shown in their words, their actions and gestures toward each other, their thoughts when one was thinking of the other. This was probably the most loving story I've read all year. The ending, like real life, isn't perfect, and it's meant to be that way. Situations and feelings were left unsolved and messy, and not the ideal way anybody would want, but it was enough for me to imagine the lives of almost all of the characters, not just Adam and Jolene, getting better and healing with time. Overall, this book accurately portrays how messy situations come with messy relationships and feelings, while still being achingly sweet and beautiful for both Adam and Jo. I loved everything about this book to the point where I'm not sure if I can fully express it in words, and I can't wait to for this book to come out in January!See this post on my book blog: emmalovesreading.wordpress.com/2019/1...
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  • Dharshani
    January 1, 1970
    It is totally a character based book or should I say characters based book as the story entirely revolved around both the MCs? Adam (15 yo), his brothers and his parents used to be a perfect happily until one day when his elder brother dies. His parents decide to spend some time apart and he and his brother gets to live with his dad every other weekend. Jo (15 yo), with her parents divorced, she's forced to be with her father and his girlfriend every other weekend. And Adam's father and Jo's It is totally a character based book or should I say characters based book as the story entirely revolved around both the MCs? Adam (15 yo), his brothers and his parents used to be a perfect happily until one day when his elder brother dies. His parents decide to spend some time apart and he and his brother gets to live with his dad every other weekend. Jo (15 yo), with her parents divorced, she's forced to be with her father and his girlfriend every other weekend. And Adam's father and Jo's father/girlfriend seem to be neighbors (just like in the cover 😜). What started as dreaded weekends seem to be the only thing they long for once they become friends. They grow fond of each other and become more than friends. Good or bad happening in both their families rattles their relationship. Amongst all this where life takes them is the rest of the story.Initially I thought that Jo was arrogant and weird but eventually like Adam I also started liking her or better I started to understand her. Both of them were clearly teenagers in a lot of situations and that was perfectly captured. The banter between them was funny and adorable. This is a slow read and if you're picking this book with the expectation for a fierce/fast story, then this is not for you. There were a lot of emotional scenes and though the writing was good, it did not squeeze my heart. After the end, there's a beautiful essay that Jo has written for her summer school admission.Trigger Warning: Child abuse, DepressionI would rate this book a 4 out of 5 for the wonderful writing and the goodness this book gave me
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  • Susan Ballard
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 / 5 As I’ve mentioned before, last year I really rekindled my love for YA. Years ago many teen romances were just that: boy meets girl, boy wants girl, someone cheats, blah, blah, blah. You get the picture. But today the YA genre delves into some pretty deep and serious topics. This book is no exception.Adam and Jolene are fifteen-year-olds that meet when they are forced to stay at their respective dads’ apartments every other weekend. They soon form a friendship over the fact that they are 4.5 / 5 ⭐As I’ve mentioned before, last year I really rekindled my love for YA. Years ago many teen romances were just that: boy meets girl, boy wants girl, someone cheats, blah, blah, blah. You get the picture. But today the YA genre delves into some pretty deep and serious topics. This book is no exception.Adam and Jolene are fifteen-year-olds that meet when they are forced to stay at their respective dads’ apartments every other weekend. They soon form a friendship over the fact that they are casualties of marriages torn apart. Adam’s family has been suffering since the death of his older brother. It’s like his family doesn’t know how to grieve together, so they pulled apart instead. Jolene has been used as a pawn by her divorced parents for so long that she’s not sure she matters to anyone, or ever has.There were a few things I loved about this book. The banter between Adam and Jolene was very well done. Although this book has very serious topics, Jolene’s snark and wit cracked me up quite often. And though the book deals with grief, divorce, neglect, and sexual assault, it also deals with friendship and forgiveness. Don’t laugh - but it’s books like this that touch on topics that stir up certain emotions in me, which makes me wish I had the physical copy. Silly as it sounds, it would give me something to hold on to.Thank you to @netgalley and @inkyardpress for this arc for review.Make sure to get your copy January 7, 2020.
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