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If He Had Been with Me [Tapa blanda]

Laura Nowlin

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2 de abril de 2013
But one incident in middle school puts them in separate social worlds come high school, and Autumn has been happily dating James for the last two years. But for all the years of high school, Autumn is haunted by what might have been, if Finn had been with her. Their paths constantly cross, and each brush past holds the potential for a moment that could change everything, but the timing is never right. Finally, the summer after graduation, they rediscover their friendship, and Autumn knows that Finn is the boy she was meant to be with all along. But looming ahead of them in the future is something she never could have imagined, a dreadful car accident that might truly separate them once and for all.

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"The heart of this novel is an examination of an unresolved childhood love that is so pure and sweet that it seems to fragile to survive the turbulent years of adolescence. Using tender prose that makes it hard not to care about the main characters, this title chronicles four years of high school and the confusing post-graduation period. At the end, when Nowlin reveals why Finny should have been with Autumn all along, readers are sure to feel the ache of life's capriciousness. " - School Library Journal

Biografía del autor

LAURA NOWLIN holds a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Missouri University. When she isn't at home agonizing over her own novels Laura works at the public library where the patrons give her plenty of inspiration for her writing. She lives in St. Louis with her musician husband, neurotic dog, and psychotic cat.

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Amazon.com: 4.4 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  114 opiniones
11 de 11 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Beautifully written book for all ages. 6 de abril de 2013
Por Melissa Romeo - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda
I am in my 30's and have never been a fan of the "young adult" category-even when I was one. This book did not disappoint...it was recommended to me by a friend so I gave it a try. Beautifully written with well-developed characters. The book is beautifully descriptive, but without being overly wordy or pretentious and gets to the point. This is a book for all ages and has set the bar high for other books to come in that category. This book will leave you feeling so many different emotions which is a skill most authors do not have. I can't wait to see what other stories Ms. Nowlin has up her sleeve.
9 de 9 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas ALL TIME FAVORITE <3 14 de mayo de 2013
Por Juhina & Farah @ Maji Bookshelf - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda
I've been dreading writing the review for this book. As soon as I finished it, my biggest fear was HOW am I going to write my review for this? It's definitely difficult, but here I go. The main protagonist of this book, Autumn, is the awkward child. Autumn lives with her mom, and her dad visits for holiday's and weekly dinners from time to time. Autumn's mother is best friends with their neighbor, and the two are mentioned as "The Mothers" throughout the book. Being neighbors all their lives, Autumn and Finn (Who Autumn calls Finny) were inseparable. They were born the same month and same year. Their mothers were best friends since childhood. They completely did everything together, and couldn't imagine being separated when they were kids. In middle school, they somehow started drifting apart. Finny became more of the chill, popular guy, while Autumn stayed as the awkward child. They each that their own "clique". What's funny is that Finny and Autumn families still celebrate every christmas, thanksgiving, and any other family event together. Talk about awwwkward... The Mothers definitely found it weird that Autumn and Finny wouldn't speak to each other at those events, but decided not to say anything about it. The thing is Finny was never mean to Autumn, and vice versa. It was SO hard for me to read about a friendship like theirs drifting away. As we read through the book, we're taken about 4 years back, before the accident.

As I read on and on, my heart was LITERALLY breaking into pieces. The way Laura Nowlin was able to grasp a perfect reality such as this, was breathtaking. The simple yet important things friends did was what she spotlighted. I loved it. Despite the book being throughout high school, there were many flashbacks in order to explain to us how precious and important their friendship was. Reading on, I started to think of the fictional characters, as NON fictional. I just couldn't believe how real they felt to me, like they were a part of my personal life. Just thinking about them now makes me feel like I've lost two of my best friends. I think the thing that got to me was how sad it was to see such a friendship as theirs drift apart. I was crazy with questions like why, and who was the one at fault, and WHYYYY? I was seriously depressed at that point. I remember on page 264, I read that page about five times, bawling my eyes out. Not because it was sad, but no, it was such a simple yet beautiful page. I mean yes, it's still sad that they aren't good friends, but oh God, I don't even know how to explain it.

The annoying thing is that while I was reading, I had his death at the back of my head. No, I didn't spoil anything, it's in the synopsis. Whenever I read something about Finny, I loved him more, and thinking that he was going to die just shattered my heart into pieces. I didn't even want to finish the book because of that reason. I start crying every time I remember that he dies, and I would keep hoping that maybe, just maybe, Laura Nowlin just wanted to trick us. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I'm still glad I finished the book, because in someways, it was happy. Like Autumn would say, death can be happy sometimes. I know, it might sound weird, but she's right. This book, in my opinion, is a masterpiece. It will always be a part of my heart, because to me it's not just a book, but more like a memory I want to treasure forever. I thank Laura Nowlin SO much for letting me find a treasure as great as this. The writing style for this book was just exquisite. I will definitely treasure it forever. There's also a quote that Autumn said, that just literally described my feelings for this book:

"This book is a treasure; I did not suspect it would be so good when I picked it up, but now I can feel the printed words seeping through my skin and into my veins, rushing to my heart and marking it forever. I want to savour this wonder, this happening of a loving book and reading it for the first time, because the first time is always the best, and I will never read this book for the first time again" - If He Had Been With Me, Laura Nowlin
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Very well written. 8 de mayo de 2014
Por bri - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
It was amazing that even though you know how this book was going to end you still didn't want it to end the way it did. I thought this book was cute, well written and was a good story all the way around. It did have its moment were it dragged on but most books do. I think most people would like this book if they gave it a chance, it's hard not to love a sweet romance with a tearful ending.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas I fell in love with this book 26 de junio de 2013
Por Brittany Moore - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Tapa blanda|Compra verificada
Finn and Autumn were the best of friends until middle school. That's when they seemed to grow apart. Finn was with the popular crowd and Autumn was with the not-so-popular crowd. Their moms were still friends and they were still neighbors, so they saw each other most days. Autumn has Jaime now and they have been going out for practically forever. So what if she feels a pang in her chest when she looks at Finn. She's happy with her new friends and her new life...right?

Love this book. This will most likely be my favorite for the year. Laura Nowling just gets it. Everything is just completely brilliant in this novel. The characters are totally great and the story is heartbreaking and just so honest. "I want to savour this wonder, this happening of loving a book and reading it for the first time, because the first time is always the best, and I will never read this book for the first time ever again." She also totally gets being a reader. It always draws me into the book when the character is a big reader too.

Finn and Autumn were the best characters. I always wanted a friend like Finn. I wanted that kind of easy friendship where the line between two people is blurred. It was devastating to me to see them not together. I could feel the pull in Autumn's chest each time she saw Finn. Even though she was happy with her other friends and Jaime, she wasn't as happy as she could be. Her heart still wanted more. It crazy how such a small little thing could drive people apart without them even realizing why. A simple miscommunication and two lives are left incomplete. It's awful, but I'm sure it happens all the time.

Jaime was an okay character. I think I loved Finn too much to really give Jaime a chance. It seemed a little bit mean at times, but nothing too bad. He just wasn't a good fit for Autumn's eccentricity. Their little group seemed to function like any group of friends and they all seemed to work okay together.

The only bit that I wasn't crazy about is when we read Autumn's story that she wrote. She was supposedly this really wonderful author, but the story was fairly juvenile. It wasn't bad it was just kind of basic and plain.

This book is everything I want my realistic fiction to be. Just beautiful and honest. I knew how it was going to end early one, you kind of know from the first few pages. Regardless, you are still wishing and hoping that the outcome isn't what it seems to be. It was awful in a good way--in a I don't ever want this book to end kind of way. It made me laugh, it made me bawl my eyes out, it made my chest hurt and it made me close the book and immediately want to pick it up and start from the very beginning. It made me feel everything as if it was my own story.

First Line:
"I wasn't with Finny on that August night, but my imagination has burned the scene in my mind so that it feels like a memory."

Favorite Lines:
"No one is perfect."

"'I think we're supposed to experience as much beauty as we can.'"

"The icy wind burns through my gloves and my fingers ache until they fall numb and silent."

"I can feel them in my mouth like three smooth pebbles."
2 de 2 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas love, growing up 6 de julio de 2014
Por Amazon Customer - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato:Versión Kindle|Compra verificada
A very captivating story about friendships, love, growing up, and that although death is sad it can also be beautiful. I held tight as I devoured the book in only a day not being able to put it down.
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