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  • File Size: 3507 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Can Write Will Write; 2 edition (June 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 15, 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AD2MO0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,827,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Richard Louden lives in Glasgow, UK. An education director and journalist, he learned some of the tricks of the author's trade by writing two dramas that were produced on BBC and ITV and short stories which appeared in national anthologies. His first novel, I Love You, America, was published by Amazon Digital Services in June 2013. He is now in the later stages of a second novel, Spring Chicken. All he is saying for now is that it is an inspirational tale for our times and it isn't about poultry.

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I Love You, America begins in America as Greg Harris, a thirty-something Scotsman, chases down the love of his life, receiving looks from curious passengers because of his odd expressions and facial contortions.

The book then takes a dive into the narrator's past, into childhood when these `tics' first became a problem. In a very entertaining and often humorous manner, Greg narrates his experiences in school, with his teachers and his peers, and at home, with his parents and his neighbors, as everyone tries to understand and come to terms with these peculiarities of his.

Greg later finds solace in a pen-pal, a beautiful girl in the States whose picture has him entranced the moment he first sees it. He writes to her obsessively and fantasizes about her constantly.

The characters are really well thought out, the story is expertly written and plotted (with a nice rounded finish as we return to "adult Greg") and the knowledge of the illnesses involved is spot on -- I have personal experience with both TS and OCD.

It's been a long time since I've read a book where I felt so much for the main character. I was with him all the way, cheering him on and cringing when he did anything stupid, and not just because I could relate to him and see myself in him, but because he is so intricately and beautiful fleshed out.

I couldn't recommended this book highly enough. It is easily the best book I have read in a long time.
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There's a well-worn phrase that applies to the best books: "I couldn't put it down." That's exactly how I felt about 'I Love You, America'.
I had thought it would be entirely about Tourette's but in fact it's a wonderful love story. It's hard to believe this is Richard Louden's first novel; he has clearly done heaps of research and it shows. It's such intelligent writing and the story is attention grabbing and revealing. The characterisation is bang on and I could really empathise with Greg. I found that aspect very interesting as I had no idea that Tourette's also encompassed OCD behaviours. Of further interest for me were other unexpected traits I would have associated with Asperger's/autism (I have many Aspie tendencies, some of which impede me but most I consider a benefit and gratefully embrace with much appreciation).
Throughout the book the author sustains interest very skilfully and creates extra momentum as we approach the last few chapters and the `will she, won't she' element of the final pages. I laughed a lot as well - there was everything in there. Totally absorbing!
I need to read it again. Like any good story, you don't grasp it all the first time and the writing is so clever that it's worthy of a second read from that aspect alone.
I can't wait for the next one. Get a move on, Richard Louden!
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If you ever grow weary of reading contemporary romance where both of the main characters are either essentially perfect from the very beginning of the story to the end or, adversely the conflict seems so predestined that you can't believe the author would possibly be so cliched, this is the book for you. This author has taken the time to give the reader emotionally developed characters that you can't help but like. When you start out reading this, you know from just a couple of pages in that this book has a lot more in store for you than the average romance.

The characters in this book are quirky and perfectly combined with the story to make it a pleasurable read. I love the dialogue in this book and can't see how it could possibly be better. As you grow with the main character throughout this book, you find yourself wondering what it would be like if you were to be in the same predicament. This book is a very human story about love, life and the quest to find what is important to you regardless of the obstacles life puts in the way. I loved it.
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Having just read this book by Richard Louden, I must say that it kept me engrossed till the last chapter. I found the story fascinating and intriguing. Greg, the main character's quest to find the girl he loved since his childhood was in many ways full of expectation and suspense as the reader quickly becomes involved in his emotional dilemma due to him being a Tourette Syndrome sufferer which undermines his confidence in trying to captivate Ellen the girl of his childhood dreams.
He eventually manages to overcome his lack of confidence in his debility and sets out to find Ellen on a journey which takes him from Glasgow Scotland to Grand Central Station in New York having overcome many emotional and sexual hurdles on the way. This story is intertwined with sensitivity and good humour, with romance and disappointment and keeps the reader fascinated to the very last word.
I look forward to further works from this author who certainly deserves acclaim for this his first novel. It certainly captivated me from the first page to the lastThe Girl with the Haunting Smile
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When I read the blurb for this book, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I didn't know much about Tourette's Syndrome but thought the premise interesting. From the title, the reader might expect a slushy romance but this is far from the case. A love story, for sure - slushy, trite or predictable it most certainly is not.

I was not disappointed. This is one of the funniest, touching, most insightful books I've read for ages. It covers the life of Greg Harris from his eighth year when he realises he is suffering from various tics, growls and behavioural patterns he doesn't quite understand. A dip into his family history makes him realise he may have inherited these awkward habits, which curse his social, family and school life for years. Visits to the cringingly awful doctor who lives next door and sundry pointless treatments do not help and it is not until he spots an attractive female doctor he feels he might be able to talk to that he gets a diagnosis.

From an early age, Greg has been fascinated by the photograph of his Jewish grandfather's best friend's grand-daughter in the US. He falls permanently in love with her enigmatic smile and not even his youthful forays into sex with another Tourettes sufferer shake his faith in Ellen - not even when she disappears for years. Spurred on by his dream of making Ellen his, he eventually travels to the US and begins his search for her.

Richard Louden's writing is superb. He take the reader through the trials of growing up with a seriously embarrassing syndrome with a light, humourous touch that brings a lump to the throat even while the reader smiles at unfolding events.

Some sections of this book are long drawn out, but for me it didn't affect the pleasure I got from reading.
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