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Love Edy [Kindle Edition]

Shewanda Pugh
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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
"You have to read this book!" Mousiey Books

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. -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... 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
You have to read this book! -Mousiey Books

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.

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  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Razor's Edge (June 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L89KZ16
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11 of 12 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good YA July 2, 2014
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Great launch to a new series. I buy everything if find by this author. I really enjoy how she makes her characters have so much depth... Real people . I'm looking foreword to seeing what the mother is up to in the next book ..
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Edy!!! June 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Whoa! Seriously, just whoa!

First things first, Shewanda Pugh, take a bow and everyone else, cue standing ovation. This book was so unbelievably amazing! The vortex of colliding emotions and raw beauty that comprise Love Edy is incomparable.

From the beginning there is a current, that only builds and builds leaving you absolutely no choice, but to drown in the plot. You want to know Edy, you want to grow with her, sympathize with her, and yet you want to give her that push she needs to realize her self-worth. Shewanda was able to brilliantly capture the plight of what is obviously the average (or not so average) teenage girl. She wants to fit in, but not to conform. She wants to be loved and have friends, but not be taken advantage of. She wants to be accepted for who she is, not because of what is expected of her and who she knows. She wants Hassan, her best friend, but how can she compete with centuries of cultural beliefs that promise the two of them could never be. Then there was Wyatt. I’m still on the fence about his character. I wanted to like him. I wanted Edy to like him. Heck, I even wanted Hassan and the boys to take him under their wings, but overall he just kind of gave me the creeps. At first I thought there would be some sort of love triangle – Edy, Hassan, and Wyatt – but I was pleasantly surprised; there was never any competition and for that I’m eternally grateful!

The characters instantly become living, breathing, everyday people caught up in a maelstrom of challenges, friendships, love, and pain. You root for them just as much as you want to haul off and slap them. The development of relationships and the pace at which the writing flowed was a refreshing distraction in an industry that has been oversaturated with lack of skill and prowess.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Wouldn't Love Edy? November 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Ever read a story that you either had to a) tell everyone you knew or b) you wanted to see as Lifetime/HBO movie ASAP? Love Edy does just that.

In Love Edy, Edy Phelps is a smart, rich black ballerina who is very close friends with Hassan Pradhan. Hassan is the handsome high school player with amazing muscles and Edy knows she loves him more than a friend.

But there is one significant problem.

Hassan, according to his family tradition, has already been promised a bride in India. So, even though he likes Edy where will the relationship go from there? In Edy’s mind, she knows their love will not go far, but her heart belongs to him.

In my opinion, a book this good should earn six stars for keeping me up late at night. It was multicultural. It was enticing. Seductive. Raw and real. Even the minor characters have a n impact on the plot. Like Edy's seemingly selfish mom who is a lawyer and her loving father who works tirelessly to figure out how to create peace. And then there is Rani Pradhan, Hassan's ultra traditional mother who treats Edy like her own, but draws the line at giving her blessings to date Hassan.

Many more characters factor in this story, but I adore Edy's story.

*Book received for my unbiased review from Netgalley
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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For as long as they can remember Edy and Hassan have been the best of friends but now that they are getting older , their feelings are changing from being friends to something more but the thing is that these two can never really be together as Hassan comes from a family of traditions and he has been promised into an arranged marriage when the time comes. Edy, finds it hard though as Hassan is also the school jock and one of the "hot footballers" and the cheerleaders are fawning all over him so when newcomer Wyatt and next door neighbour starts school - Edy decides to befriend them and the pair soon become best friends despite Hassan and the others warnings that Wyatt is bad news . If Edy can't have Hassan , then why are they making her life miserable by trying to get rid of Wyatt from her life despite the fact that they come from different worlds and class levels, the pair have a lot of fun. This book had me understanding the story all the way through until the last couple of chapters and especially the last chapter in which I had to re-read a couple of times to make sure I understood what had happened and quite frankly I'm still a tad confused how the story jumped to this part. Not to give the ending away, but readers if you love shocking endings and twists then you will love the ending of Love, Edy. Please be warned though readers, that this book does end on a giant cliffhanger that will leave you thinking WTF just happened here. If you are in the mood for a multicultural Teen book then check out "Love, Edy" by Shewanda Pugh. I will however leave with the parting words that I have a Cover Crush on this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 day ago by LaShay M. Hamlin
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nice read.
Published 2 days ago by louise hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This is my first book by this author. Very smart writing and funny comments laced throughout this book. Also a different love story. I really, really enjoyed this book.
Published 3 days ago by Nicole
4.0 out of 5 stars All Edy
A story about kids growing up next door to each other and there family inter tangled with each other. The kids Edy and Hassan are destin to fall for each other . Read more
Published 9 days ago by Gsleak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good reading. The only thing is that there are two more books in this series.
Published 10 days ago by Rosalyn Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really enjoyed this book. A great read.
Published 10 days ago by Cathy
3.0 out of 5 stars Has potential but the main characters are far too young for the...
There were some wonderful things about this book and not so wonderful things. I really like the multi-cultural aspect (Indian and African-American). Read more
Published 10 days ago by Silver
3.0 out of 5 stars A slow beginning and characters I didn't like
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Danica Page
4.0 out of 5 stars kept me interested, sweet story
This novel presents a whole world to readers, one filled with longing, agony, enjoyment, friendship, and maybe something more. The culture was a great touch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jarika
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me reading until the wee hours.
I, at first, thought that this book was so slow in starting. But I was wrong. The build-up was just as it was supposed to be!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dee's Kindle review
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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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