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Love Edy [Kindle Edition]

Shewanda Pugh
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Book Description

When Edy Phelps falls hard for her best friend, she knows nothing can come from it. Forget actual chemistry, or the fact that she cherishes his mother more than her own; centuries of tradition say that Hassan will grow up, marry the girl his parents pick, and forget his best friend: the dancer with the bursting smile. Except he can't. In a world erupting with possibilities for the boy with a body of steel and dreams of the NFL, everything seems promised while nothing at all is; when he's denied the girl he wants most.

Two hearts. Two families devoted through generations of friendship. Could Edy and Hassan really risk all that? And yet ... how could they not?

"All around a great read." - USA Today
"Heartwarming, exciting, intimate, beautiful." - The YA Lit Chick
"A vortex of colliding emotions and raw beauty." - The Kindle Book Review

Editorial Reviews


Pugh displays a wonderful mastery of the true essence of multicultural fiction. Nuances of culture and upbringing are interwoven in natural, creative ways that don't detract from the beauty of this story. The buildup is deliciously paced ... All around a great read. (And) while both guys are yummy, I'm ready to wear my Team Hassan T-shirt. -USA Today

The character development is superb ... Love Edy is a compelling young adult romance that I'd recommend to anyone who is a fan of either genre. It was a fun ride, and I look forward to catching up again with these characters soon. -long and short reviews

The vortex of colliding emotions and raw incomparable....The characters instantly become living, breathing, everyday people caught up in a maelstrom of challenges, friendships, love, and pain. You root for them." -The Kindle Book Review

Love Edy is heartwarming, exciting, intimate, beautiful.  -The YA Lit Chick
There is real substance to this story, and it is so beautifully and powerfully written. It was a page turner from beginning to end, and I will gladly read it again.  -Mother's & Madness Co.
 Pugh's mastery of language is apparent in how well the reader is able to lose themselves in the story for extended periods time. I didn't want to stop reading as I found myself rooting for one outcome only to end up rooting for another.  -Year in Books

Shewanda Pugh is a seriously talented writer, and I was sucked in by her beautiful language from the very first page. -Monkey Poop

From the Inside Flap

Mason muscled the Land Rover over a bed of shrubs and into the street, knocking his passengers left then right with the hustle. Just as Matt yelled for him to head in the opposite direction, Lawrence demanded to know if he could possibly hurry up. Hassan's eyes kept to the street, desperate for a glimpse of a just-departed Edy.
He supposed to an outsider their panic looked silly. But none of them cared. Edy was one of them, and they didn't need her father to remind them.
"Why would she leave like that?" Mason said, halting at a red light and chewing on the side of his thumb.
"Maybe someone tried something," Lawrence said.
"Tried something?" Matt echoed.
Silence filled the cabin.
Hassan's face tightened, teeth sealing with the weight of wet cement. That image didn't work for him. It didn't work for him one friggin' bit.
"If someone had tried something, Edy would've come to one of us," Mason said.
Chloe, who sat wedged between Hassan and Lawrence in the center backseat, cleared her throat. "Maybe she didn't want to," she offered.
That had everyone's attention.
"And why wouldn't she want to?" Matt snapped.
"I don't know," Chloe said. "Maybe . . . if she liked it." She looked from one face to the next, each cold, hard, unappreciative.
"Maybe you oughta be quiet," Lawrence muttered and turned to face the window.
Hassan rode with the company of his thoughts, now violently intruded on by Chloe's assertion. Meanwhile, he kept dialing Edy's cell and it went to voicemail each time. Tension hung like a threat in the air.
"Who saw her last?" Mason demanded. 
"Oh, don't start that again," Lawrence said. He turned to Hassan, eyed the cell in his hand. "Keep trying. Keep calling."
Hassan sighed. He pushed away a thousand crazy thoughts: that Lorenzo Carpenter had been lying to them, that Chloe had been telling the truth, that Chloe had been talking about Lorenzo when she told them the truth.
"We have to check her house," Mason said. "It's the only place left."
"Right," Matt sneered. "We just walk into her living room and ask Nathan if he's seen the daughter he left with us."
"Not us." Mason said. "Sawn."
"How?" Hassan said. He looked up from the phone.
"You've got a key," Matt pointed out. "Use it and walk up to her room."
"Like Nathan isn't up? Waiting?" Hassan said.
"Window," Lawrence said. "Climb up. Look in. See if she's there."
Her window. Their secret rendezvous place since Hassan had learned to climb trees at six. It was a decent idea. He could only hope that her father wasn't sitting on the bed, waiting for his now-late daughter.
They parked on the tail end of Hassan's street, Dunberry, behind a cluster of oaks and a stop sign. All four boys climbed out, hunched low, and scurried covertly to 2260, Edy's address, while Chloe waited behind in the car. On arrival, the Dyson brothers clustered around a sweeping, aged, and red-tipped chestnut, squinting upward as Hassan scaled it. They watched with a nervous eye for Edy's parents, or his, next door.
Hassan made it to the thick "V" of limbs that split half toward Edy's house, half toward his. He hoisted himself up, grabbed a gnarled branch for balance, and found a knot of familiar footing to stand on. A square of darkness stared back at him. He reached forward and yanked up Edy's window. 
"Edy!" Hassan hissed. "You in there?"
She emerged from the shadows, hair in an oversized ponytail, pajamas ultra-pink and wrinkled, the epitome of a been-sleeping girl. Only, he knew better. She stared back at him, evenly, eyes wider in the night.
"What are you doing here?" he said. "Why aren't you answering your phone? We've been looking for you. We didn't know what to think."
"I'm here because I live here. You can go back to your party now."
"What? I can go back--" Hassan flared. "Why didn't you say you wanted to leave? Mason would've taken you. Or Matt. I would have walked you, if nothing else."
"I don't need anyone to take me. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm tired."
But he couldn't excuse her. Not like that. Her anger, whenever he earned it, sat with him, needling like a shoe that didn't quite fit.
"Cake?" he said uncertainly.
His name for her. It had always been his name for her. But she jerked as if the word itself burned.
He needed to do something. To fix whatever was happening. Only . . . he hadn't the faintest idea what was happening.
"Edy, please. If I did something, just tell me. "
She ran fingers along the sill. They were long, slender, curving beauties that had climbed trees with him, and been laced with his a thousand times.
He had an urge to make it a thousand and one.
"Good night, Hassan," Edy said.
She looked up at him with puffy eyes and closed the window between them.
"Night, Cake." He whispered it to darkness.
Excerpted from Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh. 
Copyright © 2014 by Shewanda Pugh. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692027149
  • Publisher: Razor's Edge (June 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L89KZ16
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We'll all end up loving Edy June 28, 2014
By Hill
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a fan of the author so when I saw that she had a new book out; I barely glanced at the reviews and downloaded it almost immediately. My biggest disappointment would be: it did not even take me a full day to finish reading the book. I am still trying to figure out if the book was too short or I simply read it too fast. I am hoping the Shewanda comes out with the second part soon because I hate waiting a year for the next book like other series I read.

I do want to give anything away but the book gave me a lot of wow moments even found myself laughing out loud a few times. Edy struggles with wanting to be with her best friend Hassan and knowing that even if they were to get together his family would never approve. Hassan’s family is more of a family than hers at times. Even though Edy had a closer relationship with Hassan’s mom than her own mom I felt confused by some of Hassan’s mom actions towards Edy almost as if she hated her but I guess mom are like that when they come to the girl their son will date/marry. When Wyatt was introduced I admit I did want Edy to fall in love with him rather than have her heart break over Hassan. Wyatt was different and just what the book needed. The book ended in a major cliff hanger, one that left me hanging on the edge of my seat.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Can't-Put-Down Novel With Beautiful Language June 19, 2014
By Justine
Love Edy is heartwarming, exciting, intimate, beautiful, and everything that one could possibly want in a romance. From the very first page, the novel will captivate readers and keep them along for the ride. I could not put down the book until I reached the final page (and even then, I didn't want to, there was just nothing left to read).

There are plenty of traps to fall into with romances, but Pugh manages to avoid all of them. The plot never gets boring, and I always found myself needing to read more. First, I wanted Edy and Hassan together almost as much as they did. I loved the relationship between them, and thought that they worked so well together. As a highly invested reader, I was practically pulling hair out for every moment they didn't admit their true feelings for each other. Even outside of their relationship, there was enough going on to keep the story interesting. Wyatt had a past that I wanted to learn more about, and the ending grew absolutely explosive. (I definitely didn't see it coming, but it was fantastic.)
Characters don't need to be likable for a story to be well-written, but all of the characters in Love Edy were likable to me, and I definitely cannot complain. Edy and Hassan, both coming from extremely wealthy backgrounds, were both 'spoiled' in a sense, but it didn't take away from their characters at all. They both are strong and witty in their unique ways, and I loved reading each of their perspectives. Being as wonderful of a relationship as they have, I probably should not be fond of Wyatt. But I was. I loved his character. Not only does he have a shady past and seems to get the short stick in life, but he's a wild never quite know what to expect.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-Faceted, Multi-Cultural, Multi-Amazing June 19, 2014
I had the privilege of reading this book prior to its release, and I learned something: Shewanda Pugh builds character like nobody's business. She infuses their worlds with so much culture and intelligence and amazing detail, so much that you feel like you're reading the words of dear friends. Not only that, but there is tension here and lots of it. Edy and Hassan have grown up together. Their families are the best of friends. They might as well be siblings, but as it turns out, their feelings are demanding more than that, and that's a problem. Hassan's parents will one day be choosing his wife for him as part of their religious and cultural traditions, just as their own marriage was arranged, which leaves Edy out of the equation. And as the fated pair go about their high school lives trying to avoid the truth of their feelings, a lot of drama ensues.

Even if you're not a regular romance reader (like me), you want to add this one to your Must Read list. Pugh's talent transcends genre--she's just a damn good writer, period--and the story of Edy and Hassan's forbidden love will captivate you. I can't wait for more from these two. Great stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Edy too!!! June 29, 2014
By NAGates
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I absolutely loved and adored this novel and I devoured it in two nights! This story takes you in and doesn't easily let you go! I think many women who grew up around brothers/cousins/male friends can fully relate to Edy and her world full of over protective, hormone filled guys! I totally related to Edy and I truly loved how her character developed. Shewanda Pugh completely nailed the heart wrenching feelings of first love, unrequited love and how the young heart yearns. Reading Love Edy was a great throwback to feeling young again! I cannot wait to read more about Edy!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it,Love it!! July 1, 2014
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I just love this twist on young love and friendship.This is just the kind of spin young love deserves,it is all the things that make it up.The main characters were what you look for and you don't.They are such good friends and before long they reliz they love one another.It's amazing how this story read like an adult novel without all the sex and I love how you only get glimpses.This is a very well written story.Very well thought out and the characters are fleshed out tell you feel as if you know them.Excellent story!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Edy
I could not stop turning pages. Fantastic. I truly enjoyed this one. It is a quick and captivating plot that has absolutely no mercy on its readers.
Published 3 days ago by 1kmm2be
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic!
Powerful focused dynamic writing. I loved it! An Asian teen and a black teen, from privileged backgrounds, are in love. There are lots of complications. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mary Josefina Cade
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not love Edy.
In the end I did not like Edy or her friends. They started off unlikable and I waited for them to start changing for the better but they ended up bullies. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book for my Train Ride.
I was gifted this book from the author for review purposes. I had a long train ride ahead of me, and hoped it would be a good book to help me pass the time. It did not disappoint. Read more
Published 12 days ago by cmoye
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome read...can't wait to read the next book!
Published 13 days ago by Smiles
3.0 out of 5 stars A Young Adult Novel!! For Tweens.
It was clear from the onset of the story I had chosen a novel for young adults. Or closer to 30. Love Edy was the story of Edy and Hassan. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I would highly recommend!
This was the first book I read by this author and I was very impressed. I am looking forward to reading part 2.
Published 20 days ago by Sweet T
4.0 out of 5 stars Two gorgeous characters xx
Behind the romance of Love Edy, Shewanda Pugh immerses her reader in ethnic minority American cultures, addressing issues such as arranged marriage, religion and forbidden... Read more
Published 20 days ago by kirstyv
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Edy
I really was enjoying this book but I was very disappointed with the end. The author took too long establishing the storyline and it was repetitive with situations. Read more
Published 22 days ago by reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book!!
Ms. Pugh writes about teenage love and trials in a style much like the classic writers. In this book, she uses a long abandoned style of using descriptive words to paint each... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jajing
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More About the Author

Shewanda Pugh is a tomboy who credits Stephen King with being the reason she writes romance. In 2012 she debuted with the first novel in a three part contemporary adult romance series, Crimson Footprints. Since then, she's been shortlisted for the AAMBC Reader's Choice Award, the National Black Book Festival's Best New Author Award, and the Rone Award for Contemporary Fiction in 2012 and 2013. She has an MA in Writing from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Political Science from Alabama A&M University. Though a native of Boston, MA, she now lives in Miami, FL, where she can soak up sun rays without fear of shivering. Her first young adult romance, Love Edy, is a coming of age tale that released on June 24th, 2014.

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