She's in love with a boy from the wrong side of town...
A boy like Joe, fresh out of prison and 'from the wrong side of town', is out of bounds...especially for straight ‘A’ grade college student Ashley, but she can't seem to keep away. He's the one that she wants, and she wants him to be her 'first'...but at what cost? With her family acting mysteriously and her friends turning against her, Joe seems to be the only person she can turn to, but can she really rely on him...or herself?
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Unconditional was a sweet and more realistic romance novel. I liked the protagonist, Ash, a lot and identified with her instantly. Lawrence's characters pop off the page and the whole novel reads very realistically. The suddeness of first love, the jealousy that you feel when you're insecure. I felt that Lawrence captured the hurt that a child of divorce continually holds with them and how it can forever affect you. Lawrence deals with the classic tale of the good girl falling for the bad boy. I appreciated Lawrence's take on this classic set up. Joe may have the bad boy image but he isn't truly bad. Lawrence doesn't even pull the cliche that he's so misunderstood. Overall an enjoyable read. ~ Alyssa Williams, 'Library of the Unseen' YA book review blog
... seriously, it’s a good book.... I’d recommend it to all teenage girls who, like Ashley, are in love with being in love. ~ Kara Skinner, Ink and Paper/ Swoon Reads
Unconditional by Kelly Lawrence is a book aimed at older teens. I found the story to be a twist on your typical “boy meets girl” novel. Sure it contained the stereotypical “good girl falls for the bad boy” but I found it was tastefully done. I would recommend this story to any older teens looking for a relatable read dealing with relationships and close bonds between friends. I am hoping that there will be a sequel to this book. ~ Sam Couture, http://samcouture.ca/
A sweet, yet sizzling hot YA romance that had me feeling like I was seventeen and experiencing first love all over again. ~ Kirsty Moseley, bestselling YA author of Free Falling
Kelly Lawrence has created a heroine to remember in "Unconditional." Ashley is a young woman testing the waters of first love and "the first time." She is smart and sensitive, an inspiring role model for young women today who wonder when the "right time" might for them too. Ashley has a strong sense of her true self, which may be a rarity in today's teen culture, so overshadowed by peer pressure, Facebook posturing, and conflicting advice about sexual expression. To top it off, Ms. Lawrence's writing shines. Her insights into young hearts and predicaments are keen. "Unconditional" is a powerful and poignant "first time" offering of which Ms. Lawrence should be proud. Bravo, Kelly and Ashley! You guide young women toward the right kind of love. ~ Janice Lynne Lundy, Author and spiritual mentor/educator for young women