This is a book that made me join NetGalley and in consequence – create this blog. I received an invitation from the author to read and review her book. Jen Minkman seems to be a really nice person when it goes to caring for her readers. She knows how to connect with her readers and promote her book at the same time.
The boy from the woods by Jen Minkman
Book starts with a girl in love, a boy who doesn’t care and an old tree.
Julia fell in love with the wrong boy. Michael doesn’t care for her or any other girl. He simply wants to sleep with them. Unfortunately Julia finds out about it the hard way.
Julia seeks comfort at her favorite tree. She comes there often to relax, rest or create. Julia claims she can feel the tree’s alive, that it is able to comfort her.
It seems she’s not that far from the truth.
One day, when she’s coming home through the forest, she finds Michael lying lifeless close to her tree. He was driving his bike too fast during a storm, crushed on uneven road and hit his head on a rock. When she calls his name, he somehow wakes up whispering her name.
From that moment he doesn’t seem like himself. At first Julia can’t believe his change of behaviour. She keeps fighting her feelings for him but this time they’re both trying to make this relationship happen.
I enjoyed reading this book very much. It seemed to be a teenage drama at first, but you can feel there’s more to it. At first I was looking for it, waiting for something unusual to happen. I’ve already read few stories by Jen Minkman and there’s always something magical or paranormal happening.
After Michael’s accident I thought the only thing that matters will be the two of them trying to work toward their happy relationship. Even though this was the most important plot of this book, the subplots enrich the story with some interesting events happening around our heroes.
If you like young adult stories with a bit of a magical twist and believable characters I can recommend this book to you with clear conscience. Only make sure you read the last 5-10% of the book somewhere you can cry yours eyes out. I made that little mistake and read it on a train…
Tell me if you enjoyed this book as much as I did 🙂