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The Unloved

(Unloved #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,484 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Sometimes the love our heart needs to heal can be found in the familiar eyes of a childhood friend...

Julie Porter learned the hard way that trust is something which must be earned and not something to be given out lightly, those who say they love you are those who hold the power to hurt you most, and best friends can help you survive anything—until they move away.

Nick Owen
Paperback, 263 pages
Published July 30th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 28th 2012)
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Unloved is a heart and gut wrenching story that will leave you breathless. I can't stress enough to readers that this is one of those YA books that takes you on such a roller coaster of nerves and biting your nails because you have two broken teens just trying to survive a terrible life the cards have dealt them. I love the statement you don't chose who your parents are because you are born to them. This statement is so true in this case ad what you will read will bring you to tears of joy a ...more
Rachmi Febrianty
I have guilty pleasure reading books about dysfunctional family. Those books always sad yet feel real, because after all life is never easy.

The Unloved is one of that book. I liked the way Snyder wrote it, harsh yet honest. I enjoyed Nick & Jules' rollercoaster relationship, on and off a couple of times but in the end always forgive each other mistake. I also liked Nick and Jules' friends, their life wasn't easy but they have friends whom they can count on although it was a simple thing to m
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Unloved is not your happy kind of book. The characters go through real, emotional stuff. It's honest and raw, and I loved every minute of it.

Julie and Nick are neighbors who were best friends growing up. Between Nick's abusive dad and Julie's druggie mom, the two of them only had each other. Two years ago, Nick was sent to live with his Aunt and Uncle, leaving Julie to deal with everything at home by herself. Nick's mom finally kicks the dad out, and Nick is able to come home. Nick is bigger
Alyssa Ivy
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It may be called The Unloved, but there is nothing unlovable about this mature YA contemporary. Pulled in from the start, I especially enjoyed the dual narration that gives the reader extra insight into the relationship of the characters. An emotional read, I found myself thinking about this book long after I finished reading it. This is a fantastic read for YA contemporary fans looking for a story that is real, engaging, and has a more mature edge to it.
shre ♡
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
*A copy was provided for review purposes*

You will not believe the number of times I cooed and gushed over many of the scenes in this book. But don’t be fooled as the cooing and gushing did not make up the entirety as there were also some pretty horrifying scenes at which my eyes were watering. I have to say that this book surprised me with the amount of emotion that the author conveyed through it. Even if a person attempts at writing a book about serious matters such as drinking or abuse, it’s r
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)

***Copy provided by author for review purposes***

“We were the unloved-you by your mom and me by my dad-and now it’s our time to finally be loved.”

Wow. This book just…wow!

Julie and Nick have always had a hard life. Julie’s mom is a stripper and sleeps around a lot and doesn’t care about her kids. All she cares about is herself, her drugs and her boyfriends who have tried to get grabby with Julie. Nick’s father beats him and his mom and his mom refuses to defend him or issue a restraining orde
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
A bittersweet story of the power of true love, The Unloved will leave you shaken, and hopeful.

The Unloved... it was quite a story. This heartbreaking, sweet book pulled me through the wringer, lifted me back up, sucker punched me, kicked me while I was down, then picked me back up, dusted me off, and hugged me. Sounds turbulent, yes? That's an understatement.

Rarely do you find a story as unflinchingly honest, and brutal, as The Unloved. Julie and Nick have been subjected to hard lives from a yo
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“So, I have to ask, what is it that you have against a guy giving a
girl flowers?” Nick asked with a smirk.

“Seriously?” I raised an eyebrow at him. Wasn’t it obvious why?


“Well, think about it for a minute. A guy tells you that he loves
you and then turns around and buys you flowers…or worse, tells
you that he loves you with flowers. Cut flowers die. They die in a
few days after being cut…and this is what you guys choose to use
as proof of your love? Something that dies in a few days? To m
Mary Jackson
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this authors style of writing. I am tickled that she is giving us another great book to read. I will by it in ebook form also in paperback form.I have read all of her books,everyone of them are unique in there own way. I can't wait to read this on
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
My full review in all of its glory can be found on my blog!
*WARNING* this book contains some emotional and sensitive material. I would not recommend this to anyone under 18 or who is offended by certain mature material. (Mature Young Adult, contains violence, language, and sexual situations.)

Turn on the Internet, turn off your phone, make a cup of coffee (or tea) grab a box of tissues and strap yourself in. The Unloved is going to suck you in and you will want no disturbances while you explore t
Nick had an abusive father and Jules had an alcoholic, absent mother with perverts for boyfriends. They both escaped from their horrible home lives and found comfort and safety with each other. They looked out for one another. But then Nick had to move away to live with his aunt and uncle. Jules was left behind and still had to fight off the hands of her mother's groping boyfriends. She started wearing baggy clothes, hiding herself from everyone.

After two years, Nick is back and the story starts
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour
This book definitely surprised me. I was expecting just a cute little love story that would merely be a joyous journey through these characters finding their love for each other. But, what I didn't expect was the love story being darkened by their horrible home lives. What a mix of emotions brought on by this book! One minute I'm all happy and enjoying seeing the romance unfold and the next my heart is being wrenched out. This novel is so much more than a love story -- it has very dark elements ...more
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
5 stars - An emotional journey that I couldn't put down!

The test of a really good book, for me, is always how I feel when I get interrupted while reading it. If I'm like, okay bed time or sure I can help you with that, then it's probably NOT a five star book for me. If I'm like, leave me alone I'm reading, then I'm sure. This was a GO AWAY - CAN'T YOU SEE I'M STUCK IN A BOOK RIGHT NOW! So yeah, it's a five star read. And it was a fast read. Read it in one sitting over a few hours.

It's not the ki
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Unloved is one of those books where all of these awful things happen and in the midst of it all, a guy and a girl are just trying to find some happiness. I really was moved by the story. (I was just typing "I really enjoyed the story" but that isn't really 100% accurate. A ton of awful, awful things happened to two really good people, and I didn't enjoyed that, but The Unloved is a great book.) The Unloved drops you into the lives of Julie and Nick, and through all of the horrible things the ...more
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3.5 stars

This one's very much like Callum and Harper by Fisher Amelia and Sophie and Carter by Chelsea FIne.

The thing with this kind of novel is that it totally bothers me.. in a good way and in a bad way.

In a good way - There are people who care.. no matter what you say or feel. According to Mencius, "human beings are fundamentally good". While reading this, you have to believe in that philosophy.

In a bad way - These novels show that not everyone experiences a good family life. Some has it bad
I had a few problems with this novel.
The main thing that irked me was an overall sense of "slut shaming". Jules did it to her mother for being a stripper, her brother slut shamed both his mom and his sister, her ex boyfriend, etc.
Jules mother has a string of boyfriends who all lust after Jules. She wears baggy clothes so men won't want her.
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Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story wasn't your typical fluffy story. Boy and girl falls in love, end of story. That's not how it happens here. Both of these characters come from dysfunctional homes where their life haven't seen an easy day at all. Nick and Julie go through really disturbing and emotional stuff. But together they're perfect for each other. They help each other through it all.

This was an easy, straight forward read. With the home life they both lead, they leaned on each other for support. Synder wrote
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you know me, you know by now that I love a good drama filled story. This story gave me just that. It's had so much emotion, so much history that after reading the story, it changed me.

What I loved most about this story is the great plot. We have two kids forced to live life's silently and alone. Well, not alone but all they had were each other. They grew up finding solace in one another, creating a friendship of a lifetime. Then life happens. They are separated and one is left to suffer alone
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: won
Cover: It’s okay…


She was really broken… If I can say, more broken that Nick… There were times when I really, really like to scream and tell her “Get out of that house!”… Honestly, her life was sad… If not for her little brother she might go away like her older brother… What I just really hated about her was her attitude of keeping all kinds of secrets… Sometimes I understand why she do this but other times I don’t…


He was also broken like Julie but at least it was not that much… He di
I love this cover!
This is a story about two kids who form a bond based on their mutual understanding of living with terrible home lives. As they grow their friendship becomes very important to them. While they hide the truth from everyone else, Jules and Nick have the comfort of each other's understanding. Nick was forced to move away for 2 years and it was lovely to see them reconnect on his return.

As is often the case, their journey wasn't a smooth one. The thing I loved most was watching th
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It just goes to show that there are so many children out there who suffer at the hands of their parents in one way or another, but are still able to find happiness.
RO Mejia
The Unloved, by Jennifer Snyder is one of the best books I've read this year. I rank it up there with Hopeless, by Colleen Hoover. This novel is the story of two young teens, Nick Owen, and Julie (Jules) Porter, and is written in dual narration from each of their perspectives. Nick and Jules share a common bond, the shame in their lives, and don't tell a soul other than one another. They grow to care deeply for each other, and share their mutual hiding place in an old abandoned house next door t ...more
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013


I had this book on my TBR since the tour last summer when the book was released. I am glad I finally had the chance to read it. Its a sweet romance between childhood friends who once lost each other, but now found their way back. It was a book full of hurting, healing, and hope. I enjoyed the book and closed the last page with warm fuzzies and a smile.

Long Story Short:

Julie and Nick are broken. Julie lives with a drugged up stripper mother, who brings home different creeps almost every n
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read Jennifer Snyder's Exhale and fell in love with her book and her way of capturing a reader's attention! ;) So I went on her blog and sent her a review request for another one of her books. She was so nice, she allowed me to choose which book and gave the book to me in the ebook format I preferred. ;D So I got The Unloved since that sounded super interesting. So, thanks to Jennifer Snyder for this copy of The Unloved!

The Cover:
Sweet. Romantic. That's the feeling you get when you see it. A
Mar 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
I have to mention at the beginning that this did remind me very much of Sophie and Carter by Chelsea Fine (which I still have to do the review for) but I am not going to do a compare and contrast for them I only wanted to mention it is a very similar basis.

Told in dual first person narrative giving insight and understanding in a way that wouldn't be possible with a single perspective. Nick and Julie, live next door to each other and have truly terrible home lives; Julie's mother is a stripper an
Elizabeth "Liza"
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

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The Unloved turned out to me a beautiful story, filled of heartbreak, but also with love and a sense of redemption.

Julie and Nick are neighbors and best friends, and throughout the years they learned to lean on each other and shield each other from the harshness of reality. You can tell from the synopsis that they had a really hard home life. Honestly, I thought that Julie’s life was just too horrible to feel real, but in the acknowledgment Ms. Snyder expl
Autumn Review
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, blog-tours
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read this book. I'm sure I would have bought it at some point anyway though, because I like this author. The Unloved was certainly an emotional journey that had my heart aching one minute and swooning the next.

At a very young age, Julie learned to hide. She had to. Her mother is a drug addicted stripper and often brought men home who made attempts at Julie. She found comfort in Nick, who also had a rough home life. Nick's father was an abusive alcoholic. Tog
OceMei Belikova♥
"We were the unloved - you by your mom and me by my dad - and now it's our time to finally be loved." - Nick

Jules and Nick are both victims. Who wants to have an alcoholic father that has a habit to beat the shit out of you and your mother when he got drunk? And who wishes to have a mother a.k.a stripper that has an addiction in pills? Clearly not every single person in this world.

Can you imagine to live your life like that? I feel bad for them instantly after I read the first page. It feels so
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the novel Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti
Thank You so so much to Jennifer Snyder for providing me a free copy of the novel The Unloved. The Unloved, by Jennifer Snyder was a terrific novel. The book was so deep, yet so good.

Fifteen year old, Julie Porter and Nick Owen have been best friends since forever. They share the same typical life style they were born into and they share the same secret. There home is a living hell hole. Yet, there friendship is torn apart when Nick is sent to live with his aunt and uncle. And Julie is left with
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have fallen in love with Jennifer Snyder’s writing after reading Exhale last month. I was totally blown away by that book and the story she had to tell. In The Unloved I fell in love with some new characters and a whole new moving story.

Julie is such a fragile girl, but she tries so hard to keep her walls up. She has an unpleasant home life and does everything she can to keep her friends separate from the awful home she has grown up in. The only person she shared her secrets with left her all
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Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina where she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranorm ...more
“It was during that time he made me realize the scariest part about death, about being left behind—nothing else freezes after losing a loved one besides you.” 3 likes
“Well, think about it for a minute. A guy tells you that he loves you and then turns around and buys you flowers…or worse, tells you that he loves you with flowers. Cut flowers die. They die in a few days after being cut…and this is what you guys choose to use as proof of your love? Something that dies in a few days? To me it seems like foreshadowing or something, like your basically saying that our love is beautiful but only for a limited time and then it will wither away to nothing like your flowers.” 3 likes
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