Monday, July 22, 2013

Review: JUILLIARD OR ELSE by Nichele Reese


New Adult Novel. Contains adult situations, sexuality, some violence, and is suited for ages 18 and up.

This is a twisting story of young love torn in two. 

Abigail McCall has been accepted into Juilliard for Ballet. Being nineteen, she’s ready to move out of her tight shell at her parent’s house and in with her new roommates. Abigail finds herself distracted with things she never saw herself doing.

'Hey, I’m Tucker.
That’s all it took. His own name rolling off his tongue.'

With no job and coming from a broken home with a mother who doesn’t care what happens to him, could you blame Tucker for being so secretive? The dark and mysterious Tucker has his sights set on the prim and proper ballerina. So he knows he has to change his self destructive ways in order to keep Abigail in his life. Which means, betraying his closest friends.

Obstacles are thrown at them.  
They don’t approve of the ballerina and the poor boy.

Can the good come out in the bad? Or does someone always end up hurt and alone?

The world won’t let Abigail and Tucker be together. What do they have to sacrifice to stay together...Tucker has nothing, but Abigail has everything to lose.


When I saw this cover I have to admit I judged it. I thought it was going to be a lighthearted PG story of Love. Boy was I wrong and now I'm admitting it to the world. 

I liked how the book starts with Tucker's POV. Right out of the gate you get into his head and it helps you to understand him. My heart hurt for Abigail right away. The pressure put on her by her "Mother" was crap. I could not imagine doing this to my child. When the secret is revealed about her "Mother" it breaks your heart. This is a story of two different worlds colliding and Love winning in the End. The struggles these two face are believable. This story has stuck with me and I really wish there was another book. I'd like to see what happened with the characters between the end and the Epilogue.
The author touches on some really sensitive situations and tactfully writes about them. I applaud her for her writing of these illnesses and doing it in a way that shows the characters admitting and trying to fix their insecurities. I highly recommend this book to all my friends and can't wait for the other books this author has planned. 5 Stars from this Happy Reader!

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