Friday, November 11, 2022

Blog Tour: THINGS CHANGED by Patrick Jones


Things Changed

by Patrick Jones




: Young adult fiction






Johanna and Paul have a passionate, yet volatile relationship. Shy Johanna knows no amount of passion can wipe out the verbal, emotional, and physical abuse. She finds the courage to walk away to have her own future.


Bret is a social outcast, but an intense relationship with Kylee makes him believe that dreams can come true. Bret's world crashes down when Kylee cheats with one of Bret's friends leading to a disastrous prom night confrontation.


Bret and Johanna, home from their first year of college, meet and find an instant attraction. Their chemistry is undeniable, but shadows from the past threaten the present when Paul re-enter Johanna's life and Bret's home life turns upside down. Can two broken-hearted people break the grip of the past and find happiness?





Excerpt One:


“Johanna, it’s Paul.”


I earned an A in AP Physics as a high school senior, so I know time can’t stand still, but hearing Paul’s voice again makes me question that. It makes me question everything.


“Johanna, it’s Paul,” he repeats.”


This is the phone call I’ve been dreading; this is the call I’ve been craving. In an instant, I am thrust from a successful, first-year Columbia University student back to my insecure Pontiac, Michigan, high school self. All it took was this voice from my past.


“Hello. You remember me, right?” he says, then laughs. It is a sound I have missed.


I know his laugh is quicksand, but I can’t resist.


“Paul, of course I remember you. I’m just surprised to hear from you, that’s all.”


“It’s been a while, Joha, hasn’t it?” I tingle at the use of his nickname for me.


“Yes, you could say that,” I say, instead of the real answer, which is, ‘No, Paul it’s not been a while. It’s been over two years since we talked.’ Other than visiting me at my high school graduation open house, mainly to show off his new girlfriend, Sarah, Paul had been out of my life. No calls, no texts, no messages. The past was in the past, but now things had changed.





Review: For Johanna, as far as Paul was concerned, “there is knowing and there is knowing better.” Her relationship with Paul was both beautiful and ugly, so when he calls out of the blue asking her for a favor, she was stumped. With all the lies, alcohol, beatings, and disappointments he put her through, she really should’ve have given even one minute of her time.

Brett was also a guy that’s been burned and kicked by love. Two awkward, nerdy souls that can’t let go of the past. Brett was reluctant to let another girl break his heart and Johanna couldn’t get rid of her addiction to Paul, who continues to use and abuse her.

Nonetheless, the two take a chance on each other and the chemistry between them is evident. Told in the POV of both Johanna and Brett, their stories relay the bitter realities and harsh struggles in dealing with overbearing parents, so-called friends, lousy jobs, self-esteem battles, and trust issues. The narrative was simply engaging with a clever wit and a touch of poetry.

Resentment and regret are 2 emotions these characters knew all too well. Would that keep these 2 from each other? Brett and Johanna seemed to be the light in each other’s dark world. I thought they were pretty good for each other. But, alas, first loves can never be forgotten, and, unfortunately, they continue to taint their lives. Can they give themselves to each other while still chained to others?

“There’s something between us, even it’s only a beaten-up past and a sealed-off future.”

“Your past is something you take with you every step you take, but you can’t let it control your path.”

The emotional toll and baggage of these characters were just so raw and unrelenting. Filled with heart and heartache, this is a trying love story.

Nice read about growing, learning from your mistakes, and finally letting go. It’s a good one!


Rating: 4 stars


AUTHOR Bio and Links:


From Flint MI but now residing in Minneapolis MN, Jones is the author of over fifty novels for teens. His working with teens in correctional facilities and alternative schools has informed his works such as the Unbarred and The Alternative series. While he published his book in 1992 and this first novel in 2004, his initial publication was for a professional wrestling magazine when he was only eight years old.   


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  1. Thanks for hosting and posting and reviewing

  2. Thank you for sharing your review of Things Changed, this sounds like a must read for me and I am looking forward to it.

    1. Thanks - just got my box of author copies today so it is a good day and your nice comment made it better.

  3. Thanks for sharing Things Changed with me, Patrick, I enjoyed the excerpt and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like an excellent read to share with my granddaughter! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success!

    Thanks, Sandra, for sharing your review!

    Have a magical day!

    1. Thanks for nice words and being on the tour bus with me!