Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook (review by Joyce Z. ’17)

Nobody But UsNobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nobody But Us is a cliched (but with a twist) novel about a boy and a girl who run away together. Zoe has dealt with her drunken father’s abuse ever since he was responsible for her mother’s death when she was young. Will was abandoned by his mother and is constantly being bounced from one foster home to another. Zoe never stands up for herself; Will often causes trouble because he can’t control his temper. Although Zoe and Will are constantly facing new challenges, I feel like this book dragged on for too long. Most of the book is about their constant fighting and their emotional up and downs while running away. Towards the end, however, this book becomes more intense and ends with a heartbreaking twist. Some may feel the storyline is too predictable, and that there are not enough turns and twists. One positive aspect of this book is that the point of view is constantly switching from Zoe’s to Will’s so that we are able to know the internal thoughts of both protagonists. Overall, I think that Nobody But Us is a good book but not a must- read. – Joyce Z. ‘17

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