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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.
It's well written. It moves at a pace that keeps you engaged. It's descriptive without being wordy( another of my pet hates), its an emotional love story without being stereo typical. Definately recommended and I'll be looking out for future books.
This is about your average man and woman. There's nothing special about them, no trust funds, no millionaires, no awesome high flying jobs etc just your average 20 year olds trying to figure their s&^^ out. I mean Billy lent a tenner of his mate to take Eve for a coffee! If that isnt keeping it real I dont know what is!
This is Jones debut and I was blown away, the writing, the depth and the feels were insane. Watching Eve face her anxieties with Billy by her side showed what love can do to someone. You can achieve anything with the right people next to you. But that ending was evil! It's not a crazy cliffhanger that makes you scream but one that makes you sit back and think wow, wonder what they are gonna get upto while they are away.
Cant wait for book 2 to see how they will get through the latest obstacle
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I dont know where to start. What an amazing and real heartfelt story. I need to read more of Eve and Billy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tracy Service
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was gripping, emotional, jaw dropping & captivating. A very impressive debut book & looking forward to reading more of Eleanor's work.Published 2 months ago by Kirsty
Such a beautifully and sensitively written story. I was gripped from the very first page, fell in love with the characters and felt their pain...... Read morePublished 2 months ago by loobielou1969
Ok so where to start I'm not sure after finishing this book I'm a little emotionally dazed.
This is a really well written book the author gives you no choice but to step into... Read more
Once I read the prologue, I was convinced I was ready for the rest. Oh, how I was wrong.
Once I hit that first chapter, I had a WTF moment, yet I couldn't stop reading. Read more
Two damaged people, driven by their less than happy childhoods, finding their way through life together, with love. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mrs Angela J Lain
I have absolutely loved reading this book . It explores so many different angles of human nature in a very unique way. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rachel whyte
Housing Elephants is an epic read. The rollercoaster of emotions the reader is put through is something I haven't experienced from a book for a long time, and I don't expect to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer