USA Today Bestselling Author J.L. Berg’s first YA title, THE TATTERED GLOVES, is available now! We love Willow’s story so much. Find out more about THE TATTERED GLOVES below!
About THE TATTERED GLOVES
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?
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My normally quiet nature seemed to take a backseat when it came to this guy. He made me angry, flustered, and… something else I couldn’t put my finger on.
No, that wasn’t it.
“What is your problem?” I blurted out, chasing behind him.
“My problem?” he asked, spinning around to face me.
Suddenly, he was too close. I could feel his breath on my face, his presence looming over me.
I took a step back.
He seemed to notice the unease settle around me, and a bit of the edge he carried chipped away.
His next words were said with a slightly softer quality. “Look, maybe we got off on the wrong foot. I didn’t mean to sound so harsh, but if the store doesn’t do well, it’s on me. My dad thinks it’s a waste of time.”
“And you don’t?”
I didn’t know what a rich, popular kid wanted with an old bookstore, but I kept my mouth shut.
He shrugged. “We have nothing in this crummy town, not even a movie theater. Last month, I wanted to see the new Marvel movie, and my friends and I had to drive thirty minutes away just to see it.”
“Haven’t you ever heard of Netflix?” I asked.
“It’s not the same as seeing it on the big screen.”
“I wouldn’t know,” I replied.
“What?” He grinned. “You’ve never been to a movie?”
The way he said it was meant as a joke, but all laughter died when I shook my head.
“I mean, I’ve watched several on TV but never at a theater,” I answered, not able to meet his stare.
“I thought you were from the city.”
My eyes flew up to his.
“Oh, so you really did think you were invisible. That doesn’t work around here, Mittens.”
My brows furrowed as I tried to figure out what he meant until he pointed to my gloves.
“My name is Willow,” I corrected.
Sam just kept smiling.
“Word of advice, Mittens. The less you try to be invisible, the less interested people will be.”
I let out a heavy sigh, snatching the remainder of the books from the counter.
As he’d reminded me earlier, I wasn’t being paid to mess around.
And I sure as hell didn’t need life lessons from an over privileged daddy’s boy.
I hated this place.
As all bloggers do I’ve signed up to review books through book blogging tours and some have been hits and some have been misses. My biggest fear is being sent an ARC and disliking it and then being forced to try and find the good bits. That was absolutely not the case with J.L. Bergs newest novel, it destroyed me in the best of ways. When I read the synopsis for Tattered Gloves I was intrigued, when I read Tattered Gloves I was so proud that I got to read this story and spread the word about it. J.L. Berg told a story that I finally felt was appropriate for a young adult novel. There was no 16-17 years old descriptively having sex and partying without parents giving a crap. There was no unrealistic scenarios in this book and that’s what sold me on this plot. This is a book that realistically explains life’s hardships and that sometimes its not people that heal you but your faith in yourself that heals you…
Willow Fairchild has been taught to “keep her head down and don’t look up”, that was the mantra meant to protect her from the tough life her mom built around them. Sometimes life doesn’t go as expected and sometimes change can save your life. That change came in the form of Willow’s eccentric Aunt Abby who lives in the small but charming town of Sweet Tree. Willow learns to keep her head up and that sometimes there are good people in this world. Willow brings a sadness and paralyzing fear with her character but slowly but surely you get glimpses of her bravery, caring and protective nature. I really adore her character because she was written so realistically and as beautiful as one can be when enduring life’s hardships.
You can’t really tell Willows story without meeting one of our heroes of this story Samuel Shepherd. Samuel hasn’t escaped his 16 years without his own hardships but instead of letting it beat him down he’s overcome his struggles and is the perfect boy for the job of winning Willow over. Although Sam’s personality takes a deeper look than what Willow was willing to give there is no doubt that the road to winning over our heroine took some time and patience. Sam’s character was so real to me, although he was charming, loyal and patient he was also a typical 16 yr old boy and to me that was amazing. He wasn’t this perfect prince charming type but he was perfect for Willows story.
If I haven’t mentioned that you need to pick up this book then let me say it now. PICK UP THIS BOOK!!!! It does contain some sensitive information although it is not graphic with descriptions. I find it perfect for anyone who is looking for a book for their young adult that has a happily ever right now with the possibility of a happily ever after for some brave and dedicated teens.
5 stars !!!
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About J.L. Berg
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.