Review: Everybody Hurts by Joanna Nadin and Anthony McGowan

Everybody HurtsTitle: Everybody Hurts

Author: Joanna Nadin and Anthony McGowan

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Atom

The Blurb


Matt and Sophia live in the same city, but they come from opposite sides of the track. By rights they should never have met. They definitely should never have fallen in love at first sight, of all clichés.

But, to their great surprise, they do. That’s the easy part. It’s what to do next that they struggle with.

Friends, family and circumstance are mostly against them. They betray themselves; then they betray each other. And in the end they learn, the hard way, what it takes for love to survive.

It’s true what they say. Everybody hurts sometimes. But sometimes, too, the pain is worth it.

The Review

I am a huge fan of books with multi perspectives and I love it when they come from two different writers. It is interesting to see how they dance around each other and to examine the nuances of each others’ writing.

Everybody Hurts by Joanna Nadin and Anthony McGowan is a perfect example of this. It is boss.

It tells the story of Matt and Sophia who meet in unusual circumstances and fall in love despite the surrounding drama that they have to deal with. It is a Romeo and Juliet tale for a modern audience.

Matt and Sophia’s story is gorgeous. It is heart-warming and told in a very relatable style. The teenagers are recognisable and relatable. This is a must read for the teenagers you know.

Everybody Hurts by Joanna Nadin and Anthony McGowan is available now.

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35 Stars

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