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Embracing You, Embracing Me Paperback – May 7, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is a coming of age story. It's Rochell's coming of age story. As we travel through life with her, we feel what she feels. We feel her fear, a fear that locks her inside herself, a fear that prevents her from taking a chance and allowing herself the vulnerability of loving. And we grieve with her, when the unthinkable happens. A grief which hurts all the more for chances not taken. A grief which leads her toward a new beginning. I found this book incredibly evocative. It's message is powerful. A must read. I highly recommend it.
I really enjoyed the multiple point of views. It's nice being able to see what the other characters are thinking. The turn of events throughout the book left me laughing and crying at various points, feeling what Roshell was feeling. The love, fear, grief, and friendship found in Embracing You, Embracing Me led me on a rollercoaster of emotions. It was like I was right there in the middle of all that was happening.
The book is well written and easy to read. The dialogues are true to life and reflect the mores of the young people of that era. The story is told from the viewpoint of Roshell; but in a twist that works, the author lets other characters in the novel speak for themselves, giving their perspective in a first person narrative. There is a lot that young people can learn here. I recommend Embracing You, Embracing Me to readers of all ages.
Author of Akin To No One
Some might find this type of narrative distracting, but if you give it a couple chapters, it begins to flow better for readers. In fact, you might even like the extra infused character viewpoints. Be patient with this technique because once the novel gets focused on Rochelle's story, you'll be glad you persevered since the author's depiction of her characters is spot on for its time period.
Each decade in history has its own distinguishing hallmarks in terms of fashion, hairstyles, music, cars and so on. The author does a fine job of transporting readers to that era and depicting the Generation X teen and eventual young adult population. Rochelle and her friends move from high school to college and adulthood with very realistic highs and lows and with all the corresponding frustrations that come with mature adult decisions.
The book takes on some tricky subject matter for young women regarding date rape that readers could find somewhat trivialized. After reflecting on this portion of the book in context of the greater story, the author probably got the character's behavior right. It's a painfully sad, yet realistic situation a lot of teenage girls and young women find themselves in and choose to remain silent about.
Rochelle is both a likable and troublesome protagonist which probably helps in her believability.Read more ›
Embracing You, Embracing Me starts with Roshell as she's turning sixteen and going into her sophomore year, where she first meets Gabriel, who is a junior. Then takes us though the next six years of Roshell's life till she's twenty-one. Roshell's life is a dysfunctional one due to never knowing her father. But she still holding on to her one fantasy of her knight in shining armor romance, until one horrible night at a party takes that away from her, and at sixteen reality slaps her in the face and her fear; all men are liars, cheaters, and then they leave you. So, in her dysfunctional world, her motto to protect her heart from getting broken becomes: "Have no expectations." Gabriel is Roshell's knight in shining armor, and all he needs is time to show her his love and wait for her.
Embracing You, Embracing Me is an emotional heart-ache. When all you can embrace is the memory of love. I highly recommend Embracing You, Embracing Me, as a heart-gripping love story that will never let you go and one that I totally fell in love with. A must, must read!!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In the 90's I was in high school so that's what first drew me to this book. I absolutely loved this book. It broke my heart and I'm still upset trying to hold back the tears. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by jrnaranjo
NOTE: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
Well, I'm going to start off by saying that this was the most irrational and unpredictable... Read more
This book is a treasure waiting to be found. The raw emotion woven through the entire storyline definitely pulls on the heart strings. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Phoenix
True rating 3.5 stars. Have to admit I hesitated a bit about the rating as there was lots I did like about this book and it did hold my attention. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Trish @ Between My Lines
Previous to receiving an ARC copy of this book, I had not heard of the title. This was not your typical coming of age story. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Julie K
Embracing You, Embracing Me, by Michelle Bellon, is a coming of age story that follows a young high school girl named Roshelle. Read morePublished on November 16, 2012 by Tiffany L. Davis
Rating 2.5 stars
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. The blurb made the book seem more interesting than it really was. Read more
Embracing You, Embracing Me written by Michelle Bellon is a unique story about coming of age and becoming who you are. Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Sandy
Title: Embracing You, Embracing Me.
Author: Michelle Bellon
Reviewer: George Shadow
The story follows a young girl through life's turmoil and... Read more