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The Tattered Gloves

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  846 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Head down.
Don’t look up.
Never make eye contact.

Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me.

Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe.

But s
Published January 24th 2017
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3.5 stars!!

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Once I saw the cover and read the first few lines of the synopsis for The Tattered Gloves, I knew I had to read it. I’m glad I picked it up. It was a beautiful, emotional, heart-breaking, yet heart-warming YA read.
Head down
Don’t look up
Never make eye contact
These were the words I lived by growing up.

Willow Fairchild has not had an easy life. She grew up with a negligent mother and her childhood was not ideal. One night, something traumatic happened to Willow and she moved fro
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful YA romance novel. Well I guess its more than romance. This is also a story of letting go and giving a life another chance. Also about friendship and love. There is a sensitive subject here. But it is handled very very delicate and PG 13. So I guess its safe (no trigger).

Sam is such a gentlemen for 16 years old. And his name Sam Shepard, its so perfect. He is patient, loyal and have a heart soft as teddy bear. His persistent finally giving Willow a second chance in life. And
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THE TATTERED GLOVES: This is my first read by this author, usually I tend to not read much of the YA genre but something about this book called to me and I’m glad I took the chance on this book.

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This is spoken in sixteen year old Willow Fairchild’s own words, a neglected young teen, a mother with a revolving door of men coming in and out of their apartment all hours of the day and night.

A mantra Willow has had drilled into her head since birth is what sees her throug
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

I don't read a lot of Young Adult books but the ones I do decide to pick up I end up loving. The Tattered Gloves is one of them. I have read JL Berg's contemporary romance books and really enjoyed them, so when I saw that she was writing a Young Adult novel I knew I had to pick it up. I was hooked from the start and couldn't wait to find out how the story would develop. I absolutely love the cover of this book and it matches th
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Title: The Tattered Gloves
Author: J.L.Berg
Category: Romance, YA
Series or Standalone: Standalone
POV: Heroine's POiV
Plot: 4
Characters: 4
HEA: Not telling

I am very picky when it comes to Young Adult books but this book kept my attention till the end!
Willow Fairchild is a sixteen year old teenager who has suffered a lot at the hands of her neglectful mother. Willow is suffering deeply from a traumatic incident that happened in her own home; she was abused.
When her mother sends her off to live
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Romance

This is a beautifully written and inspiring novel! It’s about being brave in the face of hardship. It’s about learning to live again, even when you don’t think it’s possible. And it’s about finding beauty in ordinary things. Honestly, this book touched my heart, and touched it deep. I wanted to go inside of this book and hug Willow, Addy, Sam, and Allison – something I never thought I would actually want to do.- These characters became
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Liz by: Ingstje
Shelves: romance, serious-topic, ya
While the subject matter and mood of the book is difficult and sad, there is also a lot of hope and innocence about it.

I liked the way the 'move to a new town, to a new school' wasn't turned into the normal bi*ching session in between the teenagers. There were actually more decent teenagers in this story that I've ever come across and I liked it. There're only so many Queen Bs, all clones of each other, that one can read about! One, two tiny glimpses of a potential Queen B in The Tattered Glove
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Willow has not had a story book childhood. She has been raised by her prostitute mother, who never tried to hide her occupation from her daughter. She has seen things no child should ever have to see. She is often hungry and has very little possessions of her own.

As she becomes a teenager she is more aware of being not seen or heard in her home so as not to draw any unwanted attention from her mother’s ‘clients.’ She know she has to follow the rules and obey her mother but one night the hunger p
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

J.L. Berg I am so excited that you took a chance and wrote in a different genre. And let me tell you, you definitely have a future in YA books. This book is a must read!!!

The Tattered Gloves is another perfect example of why I have such a huge addiction to YA books. The storyline was amazing and the characters are very real and relatable. I can't say enough how "real" characters always plays a huge part in YA books. Alot of times that teenagers are acting older than they should - talkin
Romance Readers Retreat
I had high hopes for this book. When a synopsis starts 'Head down.Don’t look up. Never make eye contact.' it kind of grabs my attention, but for me what this book made up for in an incredible story idea was let down by content that just wasn't adult enough for my taste.   I don't mean sex and gratuity , that wasn't important at all, but the event that caused Willow to wind up in Sugar Tree wasn't elaborated on enough.

Willow, a young girl of High School age goes to live with her aunt. From the ve
Paula  Phillips
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to start off with saying that I requested this book to read with two things in mind. The first was that I was captivated and intrigued by the cover and the title of the book. The second thing was that I thought it might have been an emotional ugly cry read. I did enjoy this book, but it didn't have the strong emotional ugly cry reaction I had hoped for. This book I would classify as an Edgy YA story and aimed more towards the later teens 16+. It starts off with a young girl named Willow w ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read, blog, ya, abuse, 2017-read
JL Berg has truly stretched her writing muscles with this YA. I would say that THE TATTERED GLOVES is the younger end of YA, not quite middle school but only just tipping into the YA genre. Nevertheless, as a woman much older than that age range, I enjoyed this book, it's loveliness, innocence and it's coming of age tale.

Willow is a young woman, injured on the inside. She wears a pair of red gloves and never ever takes them off. Willow was not difficult to empathise with, she held herself so tig
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Tattered Gloves
Author: J.L. Berg
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance
My Rating: 5 I want to hug this book Stars!

A poignant tale of abuse, innocence taken and first love.

"But, in our darkest hours, sometimes, even the weak could find the light.
I did, and this... this was my story."

Set in the small, picturesque town of Sugar Tree, Virginia, 16-year-old Willow Fairchild is sent away by her neglectful mother after a horrific tragedy to live with her aunt. A a

description Head down
Don’t look up
Never make eye contact
These were the words I lived by growing up.

Before I saw the cover of The Tattered Gloves I had already read the blurb and just by that I was intrigued and my curiosity had been lit. When the cover was revealed, I was antsy to get my hands on the book and just wanted to read about the world that Berg had created.

I knew I would have liked the book because one, it was Young Adult and I'm a HUGE YA junkie and two, it was J.L. Berg. What I wasn't read
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I have always loved when one of my favorite authors tries writing something outside of their comfort zone….and that is exactly what J.L. Berg has done with Tattered Gloves. Let me just say…She knocked this Young Adult novel out of the park. I loved this just as much as her contemporary romance novels.

Sometimes I crave getting away from adult aged stories and all the sex that books h
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sixteen year old Willow Fairchild is on a bus from Washington D.C. to Sugar Tree, Virginia. She was the victim of stolen innocence and has been sent to live with her aunt Addy, far away from her careless and cold mother. Because of her trauma, Willow doesn't like to be touched or to touch and therefore wears gloves all the time. One can guess how that goes over as the new girl at Sugar Tree High School, but Willow is used to being the odd girl, the misfit after all her mother ignored her for 16 ...more
Melyssa Winchester

Title: The Tattered Gloves
Author: J.L. Berg
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, Coming of Age
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★★



When all else fails, especially when it comes to reading, I’m a sucker for a good young adult story. The coming of age, navigating their high school and often early college lives, along with the relationships that come along for the ride with all of that, I eat it up.

This story was no exception. In fact, it gave me more than I was expecting heading
Steph's Romance Book Talk
This book started off really slow for me but since I had been dying to read something by J.L. Berg because I met her at Lovely Ladies and Naughty Books Author signing last year in Washington, D.C. I pushed through. In the end I really LOVED this story!!! It was beautifully written in a way that kept me reading even though the story line was very young adult (the main character and voice is in high school). This wasn't just a typical high school romance it was so much more than boy meets girl. Wi ...more
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Laura Hampton
This is a must read! Talk about a book that gives you the feels, that grabs your attention and sucks you in! I have always enjoyed a really good young adult romance and this one delivers on all levels. This is the first book that I have read by J.L. Berg and to say that I am hooked on her writing style is an understatement. The characters are well developed and the storyline is engaging, sweet and romantic. But it doesn't come with out its hardships as well. I felt like I was right there with Wi ...more
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ARC received in exchange for an honest review

Holy Freaking Smoke. This was just

Head down
Don’t look up
Never make eye contact
These were the words I lived by growing up

After a traumatic incident at home we are introduced to Willow as she on her way to 'Sugar Tree, Virginia' a country town she'd never been to before, to live with her mother's twin sister Addington. An Aunt she didn't even know she had.
Willow didn't trust anyone, (after what she went through, who could blame her) so all she wanted
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
4 Stars!

J.L. Berg is a master with her words whether it be hot romance or all the sweet feels. So when she introduced her new young adult romance into the world, I knew I had to take a chance on it and step out of my comfort box.... plus have you seen that gorgeous cover?!

The Tattered Gloves was an emotionally charged story that was beautifully penned, effectively pulling on my heartstrings and fiddling with my emotions. This book took me on a journey that left feeling loss at the end, as these
I don't really read many YA books these days, but the majority of the ones I have read I've really enjoyed and this was no different, it was well written with a interesting storyline, I finished this book with a smile on my face and a warm heart.
I hope the author is planning books for Addy and Allison because I'd love to read them too :-)
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I've enjoyed this authors books in the past and was excited to see her try YA for the first time. While I liked this book I didn't love it like I hoped. It had great potential but didn't delve into the story enough. It was hard to feel a connection to these characters when you don't get to see much of what shaped them. Overall it was a sweet love story with likable characters 3 Stars! ...more
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We meet Willow as she moves to live with an aunt she didn't know she had. Immediately you can tell this young woman has lived through something horrible, but you can also sense her strength. Beneath her fear and broken faith is a Willow who wants to survive. She wants to belong and feel wanted. What Willow wants, but doesn't voice, is what she finds with her Aunt Addy. Despite looking exactly like her mother, she couldn't be more opposite a
Whoo Gives A Hoot
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
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Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my book buddies
I said 2018 would be the year I read books outside my comfort zone. YA is outside this and I would normally avoid a YA book like the plague...........but this story was gripping, different and I wanted to get to the end this time without it being the normal DNF.

JL Berg is a writer I go to when I want a different kind of read. I know with her I will get a well written rounded story.

The Tattered Gloves provided that. There is no sex in this story. It is not that kind of book.

When you read an openi
This was a pretty good YA novel with very serious content. The heroine (Willow) has had a very difficult life with her prostitute mother. Her situation is heartbreaking, you can't help but root for her. The story starts with her making a move to a new town.

I don't read a lot of YA novels, but thought I'd give this one a chance. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it.

3.5 Stars

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Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Sweet YA read that I won from a Goodreads giveaway. Only 3 stars from me because it didn't really stand out from any other books out there dealing with similar topics. I felt like the author could have written more as it was a rather quick read. The author also did a fair bit of telling what happened rather than writing those scenes out for us to experience. ...more
Josie Shinkfield
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready series, the Walls duet and the Lost & Found series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her cuddled up, watching a movie with her family, obsessing ove ...more

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