Review: The Boy from the Woods by Jen Minkman


boyfromthewoods“Julia has been in love with Michael for years. He’s the hottest guy in school, and she can’t believe her luck when they finally hit it off during Senior Prom. Her dream doesn’t last, though: after a few dates, he callously dumps her out of the blue. Summer vacation starts with Julia feeling heart-broken and miserable.

But then she rescues Michael in the woods when he has a motorcycle accident in a heavy thunderstorm. From that point onward, her life is turned upside down. Michael has changed completely after the blow to the head that nearly killed him… and he wants her back. But why is he so different? And will she be able to trust him this time around?” –


The Boy from the Woods starts off seeming as though it might be just an ordinary YA romance, but ultimately becomes something stranger, more interesting and more complex.  In her second full-length English language novel, Minkman combines folklore and fantasy with surprising elements of mystery and suspense.  Every time I thought I knew what kind of book I was reading and how it would turn out, the story took another twist.


Minkman’s writing style is evocative; her scene setting is haunting and immersive.  It was easy to slip into Julia’s world and to fall in love with her and the other characters.  Julia has more depth than is sadly typical for YA heroines, and Michael is an interesting puzzle.  The snippets of poetry throughout the book were beautiful, too.


The Boy from the Woods is a wonderful addition to Minkman’s English language titles, and highly recommended for readers of YA romance.




Title:  The Boy from the Woods

Author:  Jen Minkman


Genre:  YA Romance


Publication:  Jen Minkman (December 12, 2013)


Price:  $0.99 (Kindle), $2.99 (Nook), $9.94 (paperback)


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