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Billy and Eve are two lost souls you just can't help falling in love with right from the start of the book. You find yourself rooting for them right from the off, hoping that they can take the connection that's so obvious between them and allow it to somehow heal their brokenness.
Billy's life is an unbelievably difficult one. His family has been torn apart by one of the cruelest diseases there is and he's left shouldering the weight of both his and his father's grief. He deals with far too many burdens for somebody his age, sacrificing his own dreams somewhere along the way. At times I just wanted to pluck him from the story and give his battered and bruised soul a hug and tell him everything would be alright in the end.
Eve lives an isolated life, cutting herself off from the rest of the world for reasons that, at the start of the story, she doesn't quite understand yet. She's spent her entire life (or what she can remember of it) up to this point running away from anybody who tries to get close to her. She has walls erected around her that seem impenetrable and she likes it that way. She doesn't realise just how lonely the road she's walking is until Billy hammers relentlessly on those walls, unwilling to give up on the beautiful soul he sees beneath her fear and isolation.
When these two come together, it makes for a gripping and beautiful read that kept me turning the pages well into the night. The characters are real, flawed and relatable and the very real, very difficult issues are dealt with in a sensitive but extremely emotional way. I'm not ashamed to say that I cried in several places.Read more ›
Eleanor Lloyd-Jones has smashed it with her debut novel. This is a story about the kind of love that only happens once in a lifetime and Billy's and Eve's attraction leaps off the pages. There are some heart racing, heartbreaking moments, and there are times when you just have to take a look away, suck in a breath and prepare yourself for what's ahead, but never... not once will you want to put this book down and pull yourself out of their world. I love the fact that it is set in York, too. It just made the whole story all the more real, relatable and beautiful to me.
The characters each had their own struggles, and the issues that surround us all in everyday life weren't hidden or glorified. They were laid out bare for all to see, and for every reader to engage with. Eve, is broken, so broken she thinks there's no hope of her ever being repaired, but Billy (not exactly living the dream life himself) simply refuses, no matter how hard she tries to push him away, to give up on her. Those are the book boyfriends we all love and want to cherish. The ones that make every girl who has ever suffered any kind of heartbreak, believe that there's a Billy out there watching over them, too.
I could go on and on about this real-life romance, but I think it's one of those novels that you should go into as blind as possible. So just take my word for it. Buy the book! Well done to ELJ on this brilliant debut. I wish you all the luck in the world in your publishing life. You've just shown with Housing Elephants how much you deserve to be right in the thick of it.
This whole booked had me gripped. Eleanor really captured all of the emotions possible in this book.
I feel in love with Eve right from the beginning. I felt like her personality and struggles with her anxiety were written perfectly. As she tried to build up her relationship with her friends and especially billy, it was great that you got to follow her while she overcome it. I felt so connected to Eve and felt like I was struggling along with her, going through all of her processes one at a time, instead of them being there, then they suddenly disappear.
This wasn't just a typical love story, as Billy and Eves relationship grew, I felt so proud of Eve for overcoming her barriers and pushing herself to get out of her bubble and overcome her weaknesses and struggles.
The support they offered each other made my heart swell and made me so thankful that that's the kind of relationship I have.
The relationship between billy and his parents had me in tears. I felt so sad for Billy and for his dad. Billy being treated the way he was, when he was trying to deal with everything just as much as his dad. His mum was a whole other story, I teared up every time she came up in the book.
Absolutely sobbed my heart out for the ending. Use to reading a typical and they all lived happily ever after, but this one ended with a twist. As gutted and heartbroken as I was for Eve at the end, I am so glad that Billy finally got to what was right for him and put himself first for once, instead of always having to look after everyone else.
This book is a must read!!!!!
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The story follows two young adults through a time in their lives where they are dealing with big things and learning to be... Read more
Debut novel? Debut? It's absolutely stunning to read, so if this is the standard of Eleanor Lloyd-Jones' work, I can't wait to read more of her in the future. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ann Langley
I loved reading this book, heart warming, emotional and not predictable. Looking forward to a sequel.Published 6 months ago by poo
Housing Elephants is a story of love between two damaged souls.
I loved that this book was set in York. Read more
What a lovely book I couldn't put it down I read it in 2 days. It is written with great feeling and understanding of Billy and Eves problems. Read morePublished 8 months ago by joan taylor
This is possibly one of the easiest five stars i've ever given. To say I read a lot is an understatement, Housing Elephants will forever have a special place in my reading... Read morePublished 8 months ago by miss e wadlow
For a debut novel this had me gripped from the first chapter. I loved the complicated characters of Eve and Billy and the slow build up of their relationship. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Audrina Lane
Mind blowing doesn't even begin to describe this book, debut novel of Eleanor Lloyd-Jones. I was mesmerised from the very beginning which continued throughout the book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Miss M.
I dont know where to start. What an amazing and real heartfelt story. I need to read more of Eve and Billy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tracy Service
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