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The Resource Nick and June were here, Shalanda Stanley

Nick and June were here, Shalanda Stanley

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Nick and June were here
Title
Nick and June were here
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Shalanda Stanley
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Told in two voices, Nick, a sometimes artist who steals cars to support his aunt, and June, who has been hiding her symptoms of schizophrenia, run away together
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Review
  • Grades 8-11 Nick and June mean everything to each other, and they’ve created perfection inside an abandoned barn in their small community. Nick loves to paint, and June dreams of a future that includes college. But outside the barn, their lives are far from ideal. Nick’s family life is in shambles and he’s following his father’s criminal footsteps in the carjacking biz. Meanwhile, June confesses to hearing voices, which have grown louder and more frequent. During her hospitalization, June is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and Nick is busted for pinching one car too many. In a bold move, they secretly head for Nick’s uncle’s off-the-grid house in the mountains. In this stirring, emotional story, June’s schizophrenia creeps up on her, impacting her life long before it has a name. The characters’ desperate need for everything to be all right anchors the narrative, becoming painfully clear when the simple word okay instantly changes everything. Give this to readers who want a story where loyalty is everything and mental illness is treated with unwavering love. -- Jeanne Fredriksen (Reviewed 1/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 9, p80)
  • Gr 7 Up—This is a love story between two well-intentioned teens who struggle not to let their specific challenges define them, or their relationship. June has long dealt with hallucinations and some trouble with perceiving reality. Fully immersed in the college application process, she stops sleeping and finds that the voices in her head are becoming harder to ignore. Her newish relationship with longtime pal Nick is part of what helps keep her grounded, even as he faces his own struggles related to poverty and crime. June and Nick idealistically hope that their love will help them overcome forces beyond their control, but soon learn that real-life problems require far more complex responses. A dual narrative, alternating between June and Nick's perspectives, allows for a fuller understanding of both characters. June's chapters reflect her at-times fragmented reality, while Nick's perceptions of her behavior help to illuminate what may be really going on. Stanley deals respectfully with the very real obstacles these two face, including the refusal to apply an easy out or happily-ever-after in this challenging situation. The inclusion of helpful adults, including family members and medical professionals, teach both the characters and readers more about June's eventual diagnosis and how she can learn to live with it. VERDICT A sincere, thoughtful romance well suited for those interested in better understanding some mental health issues, as well as fans of quiet works by Sarah Dessen and Nicola Yoon.—Ann Foster, Saskatoon Public Library, Sask. --Ann Foster (Reviewed 02/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 1, p72)
  • “This town wasn’t a place for beginnings,” says high school senior June. She feels constricted by her small Arkansas hometown, but she’s not sure where to head instead. Nick, her childhood friend turned boyfriend, feels that he has no choices, and his only escape is through his art. Since Nick’s father went to prison two years earlier, and his mother left town with her boyfriend, Nick has begun to follow in his father’s footsteps, stealing cars to help him and his aunt pay bills and tackle his father’s debts. When June has a mental health crisis and Nick faces a grave challenge of his own, the two confront their choices: stay and deal with the consequences, or hit the road. Alternating chapters in Nick and June’s intimate voices detail their joy, stress, and fear. Despite what may seem like a melodramatic premise, this novel by Stanley (Drowning Is Inevitable) features fully dimensional characters in realistically complex situations, and their process of making their own map for the future is inspiring. Ages 12–up. (Feb.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 01/14/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 2, p)
  • Good girl and bad boy go on the run, with bittersweet consequences. Earnest and disciplined June can't wait for college with her BFF, Bethany. Nick, youngest of a dysfunctional family, barely attends school and bounces in and out of juvie. Nick and June are 17 and in love, and her generous heart and his artistic soul have them dreaming of a future together. But lately June's been hearing voices—and a psychotic break lands her in the hospital. Meantime Nick's stolen one car too many and faces serious prison time. Both know that running away is a horrible idea, but they're going to try anyhow. Anyone dreading a teenage Bonnie and Clyde or a melodramatic YA "problem novel" will be pleasantly surprised: They both make many bad choices, but, even burdened with mental illness and poverty, they also make choices that are good and wise and true. Spare, evocative prose captures the intimate details of life in a small Arkansas town with cleareyed affection, endearing vulnerability, and terrifying honesty; even the most minor characters are seen with sympathy and nuance. Stanley (Drowning Is Inevitable, 2015) doesn't cheat with a fairy-tale happy ending but hints at something maybe more precious: a hope-filled enduring. The book follows a white default. Not so much a "love story" as a story about love: romantic love but also love for friends, family, a place, and a dream. (Fiction. 12-18) (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10758882
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DLC
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Stanley, Shalanda
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 12
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True
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  • Runaways
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mental illness
  • Automobile theft
  • Artists
  • Runaways
  • Schizophrenia
  • Mental illness
  • Automobile theft
  • Artists
  • Love
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Nick and June were here, Shalanda Stanley
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1041765109
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780399556586
Lccn
2018026942
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1041765109
Label
Nick and June were here, Shalanda Stanley
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1041765109
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9780399556586
Lccn
2018026942
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1041765109

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