We Were Never Here
In this exquisitely written and emotionally charged young adult debut, critically acclaimed author Jennifer Gilmore explores how sometimes the wounds you can’t see are the most painful.
Did you know your entire life can change in an instant?
For sixteen-year-old Lizzie Stoller, that moment is when she collapses out of the blue. The next thing she knows, she’s in a hospital with an illness she’s never heard of.
But that isn’t the only life-changing moment for Lizzie. The other is when Connor and his dog, Verlaine, walk into her hospital room. Lizzie has never connected with anyone the way she does with the handsome teenage volunteer.
But the more time she spends with him and the deeper in love she falls, the more she realizes that Connor has secrets and a deep pain of his own . . . and that while being with him has the power to make Lizzie forget about her illness, being with her might tear Connor apart.
Praise For We Were Never Here…
— Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
“A powerful, graceful, and poignantly beautiful story. I cannot overstate how much I loved this book.”
— Courtney Sheinmel, author of Edgewater and Positively
“This poignant, sharply observed novel of invisible illness also reminds us of the redemptive power of love and community.”
— Adele Griffin, author of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
★ “In her first YA novel, adult author Gilmore (The Mothers) movingly expresses a teen’s changing perspective, highlighting a series of turning points during a few months of Lizzie’s 16th year. Reading this dramatic romance is both a painful and mesmerizing experience.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This young adult debut explores how invisible scars are often the hardest to heal. Readers will root for Connor and Lizzie even as past tragedy and circumstances tear them apart. ”
— School Library Journal
“This moving, lyrical, life affirming story is perfect for John Green fans.”
HarperTeen, 9780062393609, 320pp.
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
About the Author
Jennifer Gilmore is the author is the author of If Only and We Were Never Here as well as three novels for adults: The Mothers, Something Red, and Golden Country (a New York Times Notable Book, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award). She teaches writing and literature at Harvard University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. Visit her at www.jennifergilmore.net.