Book Review: Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook
In Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook, two teens try to escape their rotten life, but their circumstances quickly go from bad to worse. Kidzworld has the book review.
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook Courtesy of HarperTeen
Will and Zoe
Ever since her mother died, Zoe's life has been awful. Her dad is an alcoholic who beats her, forcing her to go to school with bruises. Will has been passed from one foster family to the next because he's always fighting. Now that he's met Zoe, his biggest dream in life is to keep her safe.
Zoe and Will skip town with a beater car and a bunch of stolen cash. Will is paranoid that they're being followed. After all, he's 18 and Zoe is only 15. Their escape could come across as a kidnapping, especially since Will had to fight Zoe's dad to get her out of the house.
Despite his paranoia, things are going well. They're in love and happy to be on the road together. But their journey turns sour when Zoe gets caught stealing tampons from a convenience store. Will steps in to save Zoe from the manhandling clerk by breaking a bottle over his head. The clerk's death later that night makes Will a murderer and Zoe an accessory, even if it was self defense. Now they're fleeing from the police for a crime that was never part of their plans. Will they manage to escape the law and start their lives anew?
The Bottom Line
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook is a well written novel about two teens in love who just want a better life. But a word of warning: if you decide to read this novel, be prepared to feel depressed. There's nothing uplifting about this story.
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