Nick and June Were Here (Hardcover)

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A beautiful story about love, acceptance and how bad decisions are a part of growing up and evolving. The story, by Shalanda Stanley, focuses on best friends turned romantic partners, Nick and June. Both of them are dealing with their own issues, of mental illness and financial matters respectively, together. The story follows their decision to run away together and how it impacts not just them, but also their relationship and everyone around them as well. It will make you want to believe in the power of young love and how one believes it can conquer all. But are some just inconquerable? Pick up this book and be ready to have your heart string pulled at until the very end. 

— From Aditi


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.

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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399556586
ISBN-10: 0399556583
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 12th, 2019
Pages: 304
Language: English