Head down.
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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Title: The Tattered Gloves
Author: J.L.Berg
Category: Romance, YA
Series or Standalone: Standalone
POV: Heroine’s POiV
Plot: 4
Characters: 4
HEA: Not telling

I am very picky when it comes to Young Adult books but this book kept my attention till the end!
Willow Fairchild is a sixteen year old teenager who has suffered a lot at the hands of her neglectful mother. Willow is suffering deeply from a traumatic incident that happened in her own home; she was abused.
When her mother sends her off to live with an aunt she has never met, her entire life changes. In Addy, she finds the mother she never had but the wounds are deep and her only protection against her fear and pain is her pair of old gloves. Wearing them as an armor, she keeps everyone at bay. But can she keep Sam Shepherd at bay?
I liked how the book handled the pretty heavy-and delicate-subject of sexual abuse. Instead on focusing on the actual incident, the author used it as a tool to help us see how deeply it can affect the victim.
Willow was a strong heroine despite her young age and even though she was a bit presumptuous and quick to judge at times, I enjoyed being in her head. I didn’t fully connect with her but I got her. I loved Sam; he and Addy made the book for me. The book was full of great secondary characters that spoke to my heart!
I would have liked to see more of Willow and her mother in this. Her relationship with her mother was a bit overlooked, in my opinion, and I would have liked to have seen more of her mother in the book; especially towards the end. I think her appearance would have made a greater impact on my reading experience and it would have given me a more powerful closure.
Other than that, this was a different read for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I highly recommend it.

4 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.

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