Today, the Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook blog tour is stopping by. Below, you will find a blurb and excerpt from the book. Thank you to Shane at Itching For Books for hosting the tour. To see the full tour schedule, click HERE.
Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.
They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.
Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....
When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.
Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.
[summary taken from Goodreads]
It's beautiful sleeping in his car. I've never slept anywhere but in my own bed in my own room. Unless you count the times I blacked out on the floor. But I don't think of that as sleeping.
It's not a deep, constant sleep, because even though my body wants to rest, my brain doesn't. It wants to be awake with Will, watching what we're passing, looking back at what we're leaving behind. Feeling the touch of his hand on my neck, hearing his steady breath next to my ear.
Sometimes my body wins, and I doze. I dream about lying next to Will in ways we never have before, feeling the heat of embarrassment mixed with nervous longing as I sleep; but other times my brain wins and I wake drowsily and ignore the pounding in my head to play with the fairy song of my mom's chimes or to smile at Will and put my fingers on his cheek. He's handsome to me, in his rough way. I've always thought he was handsome, since the day he transferred to the home and, later, to my school.
Being in the home gave him a ready-made group of people to hang out with He spent that first day walking the halls with Charlie Harmon, who graduates this year and plans on going into the army, and Lexi Simon. She's two years younger than Will but dropped out a couple of weeks ago when she found out she was pregnant.
He commented on the bruise on my forehead that day, an unfamiliar voice floating out of a group crowded around a couple of lockers, and I tripped over my own feet.
I suppose everyone else in town was used to seeing them. The dark marks I tried to cover with makeup. I figured I had been doing a really good job because nobody said anything when I showed up with some new disfigurement But then this guy I'd never met before walks up and talks to me and he makes me doubt everything I thought I believed.
What do you think? I hope that through this excerpt, some of Zoe's vulnerability has been conveyed and perhaps compelled you to pick up the book!