Title: The Tattered Gloves
Author: J.L. Berg
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Don’t look up.
Never make eye contact.
Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me.
Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe.
But soon I learn, not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third or even fourth time to make a first impression.
And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step.
Am I brave? Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever?
J.L. Berg leaves her mark on Young Adult romance with The Tattered Gloves, her first foray into this genre. Written with all of this author’s signature emotion and brilliant imagery, Willow’s story is a sweet and poignant tale of strength, resilience and unexpected hope that will imprint itself on your heart long after the final page has been turned. From the colorful characters to the heartfelt message, the storyline is bold, beautiful and an absolutely breathtaking look at the power of friendship, family and love. Willow and Sam were a sweet, sassy and absolutely delightful match. They exuded a youthfulness that was full of promise and shared an utterly addictive chemistry. Their stubbornness leant itself to a fantastic push and pull that had sparks flying from the pages and me totally hooked. Alongside a cast of memorable secondary characters, Willow and Sam will take you on one heck of a rollercoaster ride and leave your heart bursting at the seams.
“Maybe it will be nothing more than a crush or a world-class friendship. But maybe… just maybe, it will become one of those epic adventures you read about when no one else is looking.”
Willow and Sam are everything I adore about J.L. Berg’s characters and then some. They possess all of the complexity and charming personality I’ve come to rely on from this author along with plenty of teenage angst to make these two impossible to ignore. Both characters were easy to relate to, bringing me back to my own high school days with their genuine insecurities and inability to escape the attentions of the high school gossipmongers. J.L. Berg also wrote these characters with a knowledge of the world and sense of self that transcended their years – a product of their complicated histories that only made me love them that much more. Willow’s strength absolutely astounded me. I loved the raw emotion we got to experience as her story unfolded and I especially enjoyed watching her come to life with the help of Allison and her Aunt Addy. I would have liked a bit more depth from Sam in terms of his own issues. His past was revealed so quickly and without enough detail to garner the kind of emotional impact I would have expected. It also felt like a lot was left unresolved in regards to his father and sister.
“But have you ever considered that you deserve more, Willow?”
I must applaud J.L. Berg for her simple and poignant storyline. It was refreshingly devoid of unnecessary drama and yet relevant in a deeply significant way. As much as pieces of Willow and Sam’s story broke my heart, an overwhelming sense of hope prevailed that ensured this was a feel good read from beginning to end. I loved that Sam and Willow seemed to exist outside of the high school social hierarchy. Despite a rather rocky start and the gossip that inevitably swirled around them, this couple appeared to have created their own little world in the form of Sam’s bookstore. J.L. Berg did a fantastic job at utilizing this safe place to draw out the true nature of her characters, expose their secrets and explore their greatest fears for the readers. When all was said and done, I felt incredibly protective of the bookstore and everything that is represented for Willow and Sam. The Tattered Gloves overflows with genuine emotion, vibrant imagery and heartbreaking honesty making it another hit novel from J.L. Berg and a must read for fans of YA romance.
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J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.