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Juilliard or Else

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  91 reviews
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.'

Published May 23rd 2013 (first published May 13th 2013)
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Erika Ashby
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a book and afterwards thought, "I wish I could write like that?"...Well, that's totally me after reading Nichele's book. The way she explains the surroundings, the movements, the emotions, just the characters in general is Aca-amazing. This book has so much depth to it. She takes the rich good girl/poor bad boy idea to an unheard of direction. This isn't your typical story.

Everything that is going on, you feel like you are a part of. I felt like I was in every scene as a side
I started off this book kind of couple of reviews...and thought hey this sounds kinda fun!
It was just a bitchy rollercoaster for me! My emotions were just everywhere. It was OK to HATE to LIKE then to FUCKING HATE then to I WANNA BITCH SLAP EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU!


First the book starts off pretty nice. Abigail a.k.a Gabs lives with her very controlling mother Carol and a pushover lawyer daddy. Carol controls EVERYTHING in Abigail's life and
Anne Leigh
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved, soo-adorable
First of, I want to say that the cover is amazing. So beautiful. As beautiful as the story.

Juilliard or Else is a story about two very different people. Abigial McCall is a girl who is set in life. She is going to the prestigious Juilliard Academy and she has her perfect life all set to go. Then, one day, she meets Tucker. Oh my!!! Tucker is a bad, bad boy but he just finds himself in a whole lotta trouble with Abby. And this is where their love story begins.

Juilliard or Else is a poignant story
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a debut I think Nichele did an excellent job! I absolutely loved Tucker & Abigail's story and was sucked into their world as soon as I started reading. Abigail came from a privileged background growing up living in the best neighborhoods in NYC; on the outside her life seemed perfect but nothing is ever as it seems. Both Abigail and her parents have secrets. Big secrets. Our Tucker on the other hand grew up in Bushwick, with a useless mother more concerned with getting high than caring h ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really wanted to like this book. I kept pushing on and trying to get past some of the issues I had with the book. Sadly at 60% I decided I no longer cared anymore about anyone in the story.

I loved the ballet story. I felt like everything else was too cliched. We have a ballerina with an eating disorder. Check. We have a crazy strict (step)mom that treats the main character like shit because she's not really her biological daughter. Check. Abigail gets into Juilliard and becomes immediate best
Nacole Stayton
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading Juilliard or Else and let me tell you this is a must read. Author Nichele Reese captivated young love in a way I haven’t read before. Tucker is painted as this bad boy,but has such a soft loving, caring side you are immediately drawn to him. Abigail was brought up a little different but what a perfect pair they make. This debut novel is a great example for all young adults, that love truly can overcome any dilemma as long as both parties try. The love these two youn ...more
Audrey Harte
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Abigail has been accepted to Juilliard to study ballet after years of training. Her overbearing and demanding mother has pushed her to her limits and stressed her to the point of bulimia. Enter Tucker, a bad boy with a dark past who makes his living by less than honorable means while he apprentices as an unpaid tattoo artist who only makes tips. Can Abigail and Tucker overcome all the obstacles that stand in their way as they try to join their two very different worlds? The chemistry between the ...more
J.L. Brooks
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of reading an advanced copy of Juilliard or Else. Part of me was honestly expecting the good girl/bad boy melodrama but I was quickly mistaken a short while in. Do no be deceived by the fact that Abigail or as her friends call her "Gabs" is a ballerina. Nor be too quick to judge the surface appearances of what some would consider a hopeless, delinquent Tucker.

One word that would describe Nichele Reese as a writer is FIERCE. She is fearless and is not afraid to push the reader pa
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get Juilliard as an ARC so I thought I would let you all know what I thought.
Nichele Reese is giving us a beautifully written story of following your dreams whatever they may be. Life can give you many choices and not all of them are easy but when choosing between following your dreams or following your heart making the wrong choice can change your life forever. Abigail and Tucker are forced to choose between life and love and deal with the consequences of their decisions.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Could NOT finish. The writing was horrible. Could have gotten into the storyline, but was too annoyed.

I'm not picky about grammatical errors because I understand indie writing, but I just couldn't stand this book. It was inconsistent and inappropriate swearing. I had so much hope for this book because I'm a fan of Kim Karr, but I just couldn't get into this book. I felt that this book got to where it is because of the support of Kim Karr which I find highly annoying. There are a lot of good boo
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Just like Abigail, since I was a child I’m fascinated with ballet – with their graceful moves and colorful dresses. I think, my dad even sign me up on a ballet class when I was about 5 or 6 but I really don’t know what happened after that since that certain memory was 95% hazy to me now. He-he. Anyway, now guys, you see what brought me into reading this one – it’s the concept of ballet added up to a very intriguing story.

The rich girl ballerina with Bulimic problems.
The deprived tattoo artist w
Tiffany Readz
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Stick with this story as it revs up at about the 30-40% mark. Before that I was thinking that this book was a bit too YA for my liking, and then I ended up loving it! I panicked at the 90% mark thinking there was going to be a dreaded cliffhanger ending, but it wrapped up nicely with a fantastic epilogue.

Abigail is the rich girl that has everything to prove to her mother, but no matter how hard she tries, she is a disappointment in her mothers eyes. She gets a scholarship to Juilliard and final
Love N. Books
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow. Nichele came out of the gates with a BIG BANG on her debut novel! BRAVO! This book hits you right in the gut in Chapter 1 and I swear you won’t be able to put the book down until the end.

This book hits some major, major issues while spinning a heart wrenching tail of love and tragedy. And I loved every second of it! Nichele does a fantastic job of creating characters that will live with you long after you finish the book! Some of them you want to throat punch… while others you will want to
Jennifer Besterman
"I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from Nichele Reece for Juilliard or Else & want to share...but not give too much away."

Abigail & Tucker come from two different worlds & when that happens sparks can fly. They both have experienced so many different things in life, but they both know how to fight for what they believe is right. Love, at any age will have ups & downs but these two, are willing to go against the world, take it head & not let obstacles get in the way. Th
Jul 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Was not able finish this book. This has not happened to me in a long time. I love reading and the written words and I never really write reviews because I think that every reader deserves to make up their own mind about the book. I am a hypocrite in a way because I do look at star ratings though. I saw a few ratings for this book and it received a lot of 4/5 stars so I bought it. I was really disappointed and well I guess it was just not my cup of tea. The writing was very inconsistent and there ...more
Melanie Dawn
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was given the honor of beta reading Juilliard or Else. What a touching story of two very different characters with two very different upbringings who were brought together by a chance meeting and fell in love. Tucker is the epitome of "bad boy", but has a soft side that makes you fall in love with him almost immediately. Abigail is kind of girl you want to hate, based on her upbringing you imagine her to be the rich spoiled princess stereotype. But, the more you get to know her the more you re ...more
May 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I hate, hate, hate giving bad reviews for books because authors put so much time, energy, and emotion into their work. But, this warrants what I have to say.

The Good: Love the cover and the story has a lot of potential to be fantastic.

The Bad: The writing was stilted and she did more telling than showing. I felt absolutely no chemistry between any of the characters, most especially, the two love interest. Very disappointed in what I thought would be a great read. This was a DNF.
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Rebecca Jackson
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-read
Heartbreak and sadness. A good read overall. I did get a little miffed with Gabs from time to time. You'll understand when you read the book.
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Choppy and short sentences. Christ did she cry a river! Every page hot tears leaked from her eyes and down her face...
Dec 08, 2014 marked it as not-my-cup-of-tea
This sounds so familiar. I read a fan fiction with such a similar plot. I can't remember the story off hand though. I am placing this as nope-nope until I find out for certain.
Jan 31, 2013 marked it as to-read
Dance Academy much? But, my, who cares? I love that show, I need that book!
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This is a moving story of young love, friendship, family and fighting for something that makes you happy. Nichele did an outstanding job in writing such emotional, deep and a freakin roller coaster ride kind of story bout two young adults who are figuring out who they want to be. And given the fact that this is Nichele’s debut novel, this is definitely a must read. One of the best standalones of 2013, that I bravely say with all certainty and conviction. And the
Nobody approves of the ballerina and the poor boy.

Since this book is one mess of stereotypes and clichés, that cliché quote is perfect for kicking off this review.

I think you all recognize the story: rich white girl with dreams of becoming a ballerina and an independent person after living under her stepmother's thumb for her whole life while her father is the most amazing person on the planet (according to our heroine). On the other side of the tracks we have the young man coming from a rou
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

This was Nichele Reese’s debut novel and wow! I truly enjoyed everything about this book – Tucker and Abigail, the setting in NY, the emotions and connections I experienced throughout my reading experience and most of all the honest love I felt between these two characters.
The book opens in Tucker’s POV – he is dealing drugs to make money to support himself in Bushwick Brooklyn. For anyone who is from NY, we all know what this area is like – the crime, the drugs and the har
Sarah Camargo
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars certain parts of this book felt like 3 stars and some felt like 4 so I'm right in the middle.

****************Contains spoilers!!!!

The author did a great job making Tucker irresistible and I loved how she got me loving him from the very first chapter in his POV. I like that we experienced Abigail's home life so we were able to relate to some of the crazy decisions that she was making thru out the book. I even fell for the friends Abigail makes and their mouths. The premise is what real
Source: Purchase
Rating: 3/5 stars

For the vast majority of her life Abigail McCall has been less than perfect in the eyes of her mother. Though she is well-educated, has impeccable manners and breeding and, is Juilliard bound, Abigail is still not good enough for her mother. The only two times Abigail feels truly free and good enough is when she is intentionally throwing up or dancing. Juilliard is all Abigail has ever wanted and with her acceptance to the prestigious school and the chance to mov
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“One choice can make you or break you. That one choice can be life changing. Choose right or choose wrong. What’s more important…..Fun or Happiness? That one choice is yours.” ~ Nicele Reese

This book was more than I thought it was going to be more than a love story, more than a story of discovering one’s self, a story about making choices, following your dreams and listening to your heart. It shows you decisions aren’t always easy, decisions can change your life forever.

“When I danced, I felt a
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Abigail McCall had one dream since being a small child; she wanted to attend Juilliard School
of Dance for Ballet. At nineteen, she had her life planned out, attend school and become
a world-class ballerina.

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Kyle Tucker grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn a hellish and dangerous neighborhood where even if you lived there, you did not go out after dark unless you were looking for trouble.
Tucker grew up basically taking care of himself, his mother a drug addict and a father who left years earlier, he did
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Juilliard or Else Review on K-Books

"Marry me, Gabs. Right now, no more running. You're mine and only mine."

Right from the moment I saw this book cover appear on Facebook I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. After reading the blurb I knew this was one to look out for. I already have a lot of love for NA Contemp books right now and hearing about this one I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. It's a fantastic NA that it inspirational uplifting and just purely beautiful.

All Abigail has ever wan
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Nichele Reese loves nothing more than to be snuggling up with her husband and little boy. Occasionally the two furry animals running around her house get some attention too. When she's not doing that, you can find her on her laptop, phone, or reading on her kindle. On the side, she loves to study Chemistry for fun...Can you believe it? For Fun! Crazy girl. She also puts that into good use working ...more
“I woke up to the warm sun on my naked back. Finger tips traveled down my spine, and back up. A little circle over my shoulder blade, and then back down again. My hands were under my pillow and my face was turned away from Tucker. I smiled when I felt his lips gently touch my shoulder.
“I love you,” he murmured into my warm, sun kissed skin.”
“Nobody approves of the ballerina and the poor boy.” 8 likes
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