Title: Nobody But Us
Author: Kristin Halbrook
Release Date: 29 January 2013
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.
So how do we do this? How do we heal ourselves when we can’t do it on our own and we can’t do it for each other?
Guest Post as Zoe
I’m not sure what it means to be strong but I feel like seeking the strength I know must be inside me is the most important thing I can do right now.
I know things like calculus. I know science and classic literature. I’ve spent hours reading poems that say words I hadn’t realized until now illustrate my world. What I haven’t done, Will, what I don’t know, is how to live. Be free. Be loved.
I know you love me. I know you want me to be the best possible version of myself, just as you’re trying to be your best version. Sometimes I’m certain you and I can figure everything out ourselves. That we can harness the joy from our happiest moments and cultivate it until it possesses magical healing powers.
Other times I fear, I worry, I know that I’m not enough for you. I know I’m enough in the way I love you, I mean, but how capable I am of being a hero for you? How do I do that when I can’t be my own hero? I want to be the kindness, the trust, the support you need to know that not everyone’s going to leave when you need them most.
There are so many things I’m discovering about myself as I realize, analyze, let go of the wrongs that have been done to me. But I still need to be better. I worry I will never be the girl who opens up to others. Who lets people in. Who believes first in their goodness, rather than assuming the worst. I want to be so much better. For me and for you.
Let’s decide, Will. Because our story could be epic.
Kristin Halbrook is a Seattleite who loves good coffee, good food, good music, good spots, good causes and good reads. She's both intense and and a goofball, introverted and gregarious. Nobody But Us is her debut novel.
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