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Nick and June Were Here

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Nick and June were best friends for years, until their relationship suddenly turned into something more. Now, June is coping with a new diagnosis of schizophrenia, a secret she asked Nick to keep for too long. Between managing her symptoms and her parents, June is just trying to keep it together. Nick is a reluctant car thief, supporting his aunt with the money and focusin ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published February 1st 2019)
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Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Nick and June Were Here is a contemporary young adult novel that's a fast read. The problem is that it's too fast. It tries to address adolescent onset schizophrenia, realizing you need to make hard choices, the ceaseless grind of poverty, life in rural America, death of a loved one, and at least two or thirty other things.

The writing in Nick and June Were Here is good, which is what makes the novel so frustrating. If the author had chosen to just focus on June's terror as she deals with the rea
Kelly Brigid ♡
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Your future will look different, but it's still a future and you're still in it."

Nick and June Were Here is a spur of the moment read that I greatly enjoyed reading through! This is by no means a soft, fluffy contemporary, but rather, an endearing story about two broken individuals, struggling to find a way to cope with elements not wholly within their control. This is my first experience reading a novel that deals with a teen suffering from schizophrenia, and I personally found it to be
Dec 19, 2018 added it
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Well, that was pretty gutting, but also somehow optimistic? I like Shalanda Stanley a lot, man. It's such a mark of a compelling book now if I can actually finish the electronic version, and I read this one in a single day. ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Warning: This was not a fluffy, simple, two-teens-in-love story. This was a story of a love that survived and flourished despite some really difficult circumstances, and about the tough choices one must make for those they love.

• Pro: My emotions were all over the place reading this book. Both Nick and June had serious issues to deal with. Nick was trying to escape a life of crime, and June was dealing with her recent diagnosis of schizophrenia. These were the really painful parts, but the parts
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*** Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of NICK AND JUNE WERE HERE by Shalanda Stanley in exchange for my honest review.***


After a psychotic break, June is diagnosed with schizophrenia. Her best friend/boyfriend, a reluctant car thief hopes his destiny isn’t prison like his father. Neither makes good decisions and the results may be catastrophic.

Writing schizophrenic narrators authentically is difficult, because disorganized thinking is a major component of the co
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Two teens are determined to stay together in a world trying to tear them apart. Nick and June have always been best friends until recently, when their relationship became romantic. Now June is on the cusp of being diagnosed with schizophrenia and Nick is arrested for stealing a car, as he desperately needs the money. June is in the hospital and Nick is in jail until they decided to run away together. Will they be able to stay together and fight the forces keeping them apart?
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Mikayla Tewksbury
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The writing in this book was solid, and I think it touched on some unique topics. I felt as though the plot jumped around a bit at times, and I found it hard to connect with the characters a bit throughout the book.
Cindy ✩☽♔
Jul 01, 2017 marked it as to-read
The year is half over, when will we get news on a release date? :/
Jenn Conwell
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Nick and June have been best friends for many years. A recent relationship change has happened due to the fact that Nick and June are closer than ever: boyfriend and girlfriend. The two of them are struggling with big issues on their own. June is experiencing some scary mental illness symptoms, only to be diagnosed with schizophrenia not much later. Nick is trying to make up for lost money from his father's poor decisions by involving himself in illegal matters. Can the two of them work through ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Alison Morquecho
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I received this e-book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book! I love any books where the main character has some kind of mental illness. I think it is fascinating being in their mind and seeing how they think. This book is a look into June who has schizophrenia but has no idea. She honestly has no idea that she has any kind of mental illness, but she knows that something is going on with her. Nick is the other POV that we follow, and he is June's boyfriend. They have
Joanna Bennett
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley

Nick and June Were Here is about two teenagers in love trying to stay afloat when their both faced with harsh reality. June has always been the good one and figuring out her plans for college while Nick has had a rough life since his mother left and his dad is in jail for the same thing he is doing now. Both are opposites but love makes you do questionable things as they set off on an adventure together.

I enjoyed the plot of the book and how it touched
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My heart went out to Nick and June in this passionate story overflowing with young love. A love so intimate and powerful you’d think it could survive anything (I believed it when I was a teenager too!) Except Nick and June have so much going against them that it is absolutely reckless for them even to be together. As a parent, I was scared to death for them both as I tore through the pages.

I won’t give too much away as to where the story takes them but once I got into it, I had to know how it wo
Sabrina DiRoberto
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nick and June were here by shalanda Stanley


Thank you to NetGalley and Random house children’s for an E-arc in exchange for an honest review.

June, a young teenager going through a mental breakdown. Months of not knowing what’s going on and months of trying to hide her secret.
Nick, a young car thief that hasn’t known anything else in his life other than being madly in love with June.

Best friends and now madly in love with each other, they try to take their life into there own hands. After J
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This book started out on a high note and quickly fell apart. June started acting weird around her boyfriend and best friend and they just tolerated it until a night when it fell apart.

They take her to her parents and force her to share what is happening and they admit her to a hospital looking for help with her mental health. In the meantime Nick is in deep with the local car thief.

As June works out her issues in the hospital Nick is arrested and charged as an adult for grand theft auto. On an
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Nick and June Were Hear is a story of young love and serious issues. June is schizophrenic. Nick is a criminal. They face the challenges together. Here, however, is the irony: Nick's problems come from his own decisions and bad choices. June's mental illness is something that is not her choice and doesn't allow her to make decisions. Her illness decides for her. The story is intriguing and engaging, but I don't like the characters together. I'm in the middle here because there are good and bad t ...more
Staci Vought
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved Nick and June so much. This story reminded me of All the Bright Places mixed with Turtles All the Way’s a beautiful love story with a highly engaging (but sometimes implausible) plot. I knocked the rating down a little due to a plot element that remained up in the air. I loved their story from start to finish. I want to know what happens next!
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book tackles many difficult subjects, including schizophrenia and teen crime. In fact, it felt a bit too crowded, which is the only reason I deducted a star. Nick and June's story grabbed me from the beginning and I finished in a single day.

This honest review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Becca Akins
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
TW: Schizophrenia

I really loved this one. June’s confusion and frustration when entering treatment was something that I personally experienced. The portrayal of the struggle of finding a diagnosis and trying different medications and treatments felt very real. Nick was an interesting character. With his sections, some things were a bit convenient for the sake of the plot but I did enjoy his character growth.
Tanisha Herondale
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read this book a couple of years ago and I remember one thing very clearly: I had an emotional connection with this book. Like I barely remember the plot but I know that I just LOVE LOVE LOVED it.
Thia Lee
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars...

Once again, Shalanda Stanley did not disappoint. This was a really good book with flawed characters that you can't help feeling compassion for. I thought Nick and June's relationship (though rough around the edges) was sweet and even though Nick did a lot of bad things you still wanted everything to work out in the end for the 2 of them. I know a lot of people thought too much was going on, but I actually liked that with this story because it kept it interesting. I must admit I did l
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ever since they were paired together for a school project, Nick and June were inseparable. Their childhood friendship quickly blossomed into a sweeping romance. Their lives begin to change, though, when June starts to experience hallucinations. She hides her experiences from her parents until it becomes unbearable. Upon being admitted to the hospital, June is diagnosed with schizophrenia. She now has to learn to deal with her illness and manage new medication and treatments. Nick, meanwhile, has ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nick and June Were Here was written by Shalanda Stanely. This story takes place in a small Arkansas town. Nick and June were childhood friends, but as they grew older their feelings towards each other changed from friends to lovers. Nick is a car thief, and June has Schizophrenia. Nick got caught trying to steal a car, sending him to jail. He escaped out of the jail and decided to run from the law, bringing June with him. How far can they make it with a mentally unstable teen and her car stealin ...more
Hannah Chung
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
With different people, one story told from the two perspectives of a couple of teens. Nick and June Were Here, fully captivates the lives of teens who are struggling at a young age in the world. June, who finds out she has schizophrenia, has to find a way to cope with her symptoms and her worries parents at home. Nick, a thief who steals cars because he has to, wants to have a new start at life before he gets thrown in jail with his father. This story was thorough with details and completed one ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I received this arc for free in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.

Nick and June Were Here is the story of a young couple, Nick and June, trying to get through life together. June is hearing voices and believes she can handle it on her own, and Nick spends his time stealing cars in order to help his aunt with the bills. When June ends up in the hospital after a breakdown and Nick faces serious jail time after a carjacking gon
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I thought this book would be a bit different than it turned out. The blurb hinted at your typical bad boy/good girl romance but it also blatantly told us this book was about schizophrenia, or at least a girl learning to live with a new diagnosis. Don't get me wrong, I know teens are reckless, impulsive and selfish but I felt with this book the author went a little overboard with all these things for something. Shock factor? Angst? I'm not totally sure to be honest. It just seemed a bit much and ...more
Addy Gonzalez
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to Netgalley for a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

I really did want to like this book more than I did but I had a few issues with it. First off, I love the idea of a main character with a mental illness and see how authors are able to shine a light to the subject that affects thousands of people each year. I love the idea of bringing awareness to mental illnesses and that's one of the main reasons why I requested this book. At first, was all here for June's
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shalanda Stanley's DROWNING IS INEVITABLE is one of my top underappreciated books, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of Stanley's sophomore title, NICK AND JUNE WERE HERE. Nick and June have been together for years- first as friends, then as something more. June struggles with schizophrenia, an untreated mental illness she's been trying to pretend isn't a problem. Nick and his aunt struggle with poverty, leading Nick to steal cars for cash to pay the bills. As their issues grow bigger and thre ...more
Knopf Books for Young Readers and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Nick and June Were Here. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

June has two best friends, although the relationship with one of them is changing. When June asks Bethany and Nick to keep her secret, will the pair be able to keep their promise? When Nick's own secret threatens both his and June's future, will a split second decision change everything?

Author Shalanda Stanley doe
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Featured in "Mental Health Matters" on Intellectual Recreation.

With just a few months left of high school, Nick and June should be looking forward to what's to come, but instead things are falling apart for the pair. June's mental health has been unraveling for months. Finally, the situation comes to a head, and she finds herself in the hospital. Nick finally decides he's done stealing cars for his manipulative boss, but he can't convince himself that his fate is not already sealed.

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