Nick and June Were Here

Nick and June Were Here

by Shalanda Stanley


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Girl in Pieces meets All the Bright Places in this heartbreaking story of two teens who are determined to stay together in a world tearing them apart.

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 focusing on his art whenever he can. But when June's condition sends her to the hospital and Nick's latest crime threatens to land him in prison, the two decide to run away. When the world is trying to tear them apart, can Nick and June find a way to stay together?

This emotional, lyrical novel will tug at your heartstrings and make you think twice about what you would give up for love, even if it's a piece of yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399556586
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 258,214
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Shalanda Stanley grew up in Louisiana and earned her BA in creative writing at Florida State University. She has an MEd in special education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a PhD from LSU in curriculum and instruction, with a focus in reading curriculum and research. She's an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the School of Education. Follow her on Twitter at @ShalandaStanley and learn more at

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It was midnight and we lay on our backs in the bed of Bethany’s truck. We were in the middle of a cornfield and it was after harvesttime, so it was just the three of us and the leftover broken stalks. There was supposed to be a meteor shower that night. We’d been watching them together since we were in elementary school, back when we’d watch from my trampoline with my parents sitting on the swing on the porch, back when we thought the meteors were shooting stars and we’d make wishes.

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Nick and June Were Here 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely story, wonderful characters, nice story line. In my opiniom, the book ended far too quickly though. I wish the story was longer. It ended far too fast, I wish there was more to Nick and June's story. Is definitly worth a read.
_magicbookdom_ More than 1 year ago
Nick and June were here by shalanda Stanley 4⭐️ 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 June gets diagnosed with schizophrenia and nick gets arrested for grand theft auto they decide to run away. Running away proves to be more than they could possibly handle. One thing leads to another and they hope the wronged can be righted again. This book was so intense with young love, mental illness, friendship, and family. I would highly recommended this book to anyways who needs a read with good representation and a love story that feels just right!
thegeekishbrunette More than 1 year ago
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 on mental illness which can be a hard subject at times. The characters were unique in their own way but I didn't feel as though I connected with them on a deeper level. The relationship between Nick and June was one thing that kept me going. Every step of the way, Nick wanted what was best for her and even when he does put her in danger he has the courage to realize it and make a decision that changes his life. Her writing style was great and I loved how the chapters were split by point of views, Nick or June. It's nice when you can get into the head of multiple characters too see why they would make decisions especially in this book which is full of them. I can't say I was a fan of the ending because I am one that needs more closure but overall it was a decent tie up. Although the characters lacked a bit for me, it was a decent read and didn't take long to finish. If you like contemporaries then give this book a try! (I received a digital copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
xokristim More than 1 year ago
There was no doubt in my mind that I would enjoy this one, it has so many qualities I like reading about. It’s a love story, deals with mental illness, and ultimately making an important decision. I was definitely not disappointed in this one. It was told at a pace that the story flowed beautifully, making me have a hard time putting it down. I almost immediately fell in love with both Nick and June. Nick ultimately would make the “wrong” decisions, but for all the right reasons. He was a character torn in two with how he should live his life and how he wanted to. June on the other hand seemed to always be making the right decisions. Until symptoms of something she knew nothing about starting showing and she had no idea how to handle them. I absolutely recommend this book if you are looking for a contemporary book that deals with tough scenarios. There is a lot more to it than what the synopsis portrays and I have a feeling you, too will not be disappointed. The writing is just captivating and really made me feel like I was friends with the two main characters. At points I just wanted to hug them and tell them everything would be ok, but who knew if that was true.