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Shelf Life

(Crestlane County #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  21 reviews
It’s impossible to focus on college biology when your family believes doomsday is imminent and the government is out to get you.

All Pete Wilson’s ever wanted is to become a veterinarian, but those dreams are going up in flames. Commuting to an urban college and helping his parents with their apocalyptic prepper crap is more than he can handle.

Worse, Pete’s asshole neighbo
Paperback, 338 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by IJP Press (first published November 29th 2013)
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Tracey (Life and Literature)
"Why are you such a bitch?"
"Why are you such a coward?"
She's delivered a pitchfork to my heart.
I'm all of these things.
But most of all, I'm ashamed.

I've had a bit of a problem with the last few books that I've read. It's taken me a little while to get into them. Shelf Life was no different. I don't think it was any fault with the story. I found myself just following along, but not being taken in by it. But somewhere along the way, and I'm not even sure
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
Nov 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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3.5/5 stars

I think this is the time I should share something awkward from my past. My mom was one of those people who had a closet of stuff packed away in case Y2K happened. I now realize most of my younger readers probably don't even understand that reference, but there it is. I remember buying stuff and not being able to eat it because it had to go in storage. It's probably now why I feel like I accomplish something when I clear the cabinets ou
Aug 19, 2013 marked it as to-read
Another book from Stephanie Lawton? hell yeah...I think I will read anything from her but it reminds me that I haven't read Shrapnel and Need yet. Guess I'm going to have Stephanie Lawton books marathon soon :D ...more
Sasha Hibbs
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My reading preferences generally are steeped in all things paranormal. With that said, Shelf Life was truly something fresh, original and right now my favorite gem! After reading Stephanie Lawton’s novel, I’ll be more receptive to novels outside my normal genre, but after devouring this jewel, I think other novels will struggle to measure up against Shelf Life.

As a LOVER of Gone With the Wind, I absolutely adored the names of the cows. I smiled every time Pete had his conversations with one of
Annabelle Blume
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was already a fan of Lawton’s previous works, but I’m truly enamored with her most recent New Adult novel Shelf Life is a painfully beautiful coming of age story that hits hard and peels back the layers of what it means to be a “grown up”.

Pete is easy to love; a guy who’s honest and true, even if he’s a little naive and a lot stubborn. The way Lawton handles his evolution from high school boy to college man is seamless. This is something the author has shown a talent for easing her readers th
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Shelf Life is one of those books that catches you by surprise. You think you know what you are going to read and then WHAM it is totally something different. I have to say that I started reading this book and could not do anything else until I finished the book. This is one of those books that leaves you wondering about the end times and what is going to happen and if we are really prepared for that day to come.

Pete is just trying to live life and help his family out. He is buying his time until
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First off I entered the giveaway for this book and was so excited that I was one of the few to get picked to recieve a first read. Wow . I totally love this book. There is so many parts to this book that are live changing for the characters in Shelf Life. Pete Wilson is trying to focus on college and help on his family's farm and dealing with his parent's who are just waiting for doomsday to happen esp his dad. Their neighbor's son is stirring up trouble with him and his sister.Peter's two best ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelf-Life is a one of a kind. With our world captivated with the end of the world (i.e. books, shows, reality shows, websites) this book takes a realistic look at what it takes, and means, to survive. Cloaked in fantastic story is a subtle warning about real preparation that's so well done you don't even realized you learned something until the story ends and your brain catches up to your rapidly beating heart.

Pete, the protagonist, a boy shedding his teenage angst and preparing for college fi
Book Junky Girls
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pete has graduated high school and is starting out college while still living at home working on the farm. His parents are extremeists who think a civil war is coming and that they need to be prepaired and self sufficient. Life is hard and growing up is harder, learning about the real world and what he's never seen even though it was right in front of him is making things tough but he's trying. With conspiries, drugs, and even a few rolls in the hay he's just trying to get through life the best ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Shelf Life and had been stewing over the beat way to write a review for it, so in honor of it's release I re-read it and I am still amazed! I'm amazed at the dynamics of the families in this book, the hardships, the struggles, the hate, the love.

Being a social historian in education and a military wife I was of course pulled in by both the historical knowledge Stephanie adds in and the glimpses in to the life of a family who are dealing with the eff
Kandace Shelnutt
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought that no doubt about it, that Stephine Lawton, is going to be the new all time best seller.
I honestly looooved this book. Loved the way it keep me up at night thinking what will happen next, and how it got me in trouble in class, because I would sneak it under my desk and read during class.
The imagery was so amazing i actually felt that I was one of the charachters in the books my self.
I couldn't stand that I could not met these charachters in reality, I loved all the characters, and th
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, humiliation, and lost friendship is a lot to handle after graduating

Thinking he is finally free after graduation, Pete realizes that the bully who's tortured him all through school won't go away. At the graduation party Jay pulls a passed out Lewis into the cow barn and let's the entire school watch him get his dick sucked by a calf. Then he finds his sister half naked in the orchard with Jay's hands down her pants...can it get worse? Yes it can. Lewis won't speak to him, his family farm a
Tiea Gaudren
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Stephanie Lawton's writing, and this book is by far my favorite! Never a dull moment as Pete, a kid who just wants to live a normal life, finds himself smack dab in the middle of a storm of events that rock his foundation, tests his faith, and turns a boy into a man before your very eyes. This is one of those books that makes you say, "this would make a great movie!" It's THAT good!
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic 'new adult' novel! Stephanie truly has a gift for writing interesting & complex characters, while bringing to light serious subjects facing both teens & young adults. Given the way she expertly tackles tough subject matters & presents them flawlessly through the eyes of a teenager, I am convinced she is this generation's Judy Blume. ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
are we ever ready-smile
Aug 04, 2013 marked it as to-read
I'll read anything by Stephanie Lawton! Woooo! *happy panda dance*
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Emily Elizabeth
Shelf Life did not end up being anything like I'd expected it to be. You may assume that due to the brighter colors of the beautiful cover and the not-so-angst-ridden synopsis that this is a generally light-hearted novel. You know what they say about people who assume though, right? Plus it's Stephanie Lawton that we're talking about here, so light-heartedness? Who are we kidding?

This novel is about a boy named Pete Wilson, who is entering college after his not-so-great of a high school experien
Nicole Field
Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it
From the cover, I had thought it might be a bit tamer than Stephanie's other books and that was about it. Figured it would still be a bit of a romance, I suppose. While it has romantic elements, though, this book isn't really a romance so much as a year in the life of its main character. Pete. Not what I expected, but I like the way it built.

At its best points, this book had moments of Neil Gaiman and Francesca Lia Block. That's not to say this is a book with any magical elements. It's not. But
Jamie Manning
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lawton has done it again with SHELF LIFE. Such an inspiring work that I could read again and again.
Well written, for the most part, though IMO a few bits weren't as fleshed out as they could be. It wasn't really my cuppa, but glad I read it none the less.
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YA/NA FANATICS: 3 signed copies of SHELF LIFE for free 1 5 Oct 21, 2013 05:21PM  
Always a misfit, Stephanie Lawton writes twisted romance that tugs the heart strings then punches you in the gut.

She has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles. She has a fascination with teacher-student relationships, bullies, psychics, doomsday preppers and larger-than-life characters.

Making readers squirm is her greatest pleasure.

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