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The Ballad by [Pullo, Ashley]
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Length: 288 pages Word Wise: Enabled Discography (2 Book Series) to The Ballad

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"The Ballad is a unique, funny, and extremely honest telling of an epic romance. No author can depict New York City better than Ashley Pullo!" Jennifer, Love Between the Sheets
"Telling a story in reverse not only takes talent, it takes balls. What Ashley has done in one book, many writers strive for their whole careers. She wrote perfection." Colleen, Books Books Books 
"The Ballad, much like The Album have taken a special place in my heart as they were both able to elicit both emotion and reflection." Christina, Love Between the Sheets
"The Ballad will take you on an emotional rollercoaster, through all the ups and downs in the life of an ordinary couple and their friends. I laughed. I cried. I fell in love with these characters." Amazon reviewer, Michele 

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Preferred reading order:
The Album Book One
The Ballad Book Two

Product Details

  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gimlet Girls Publishing (December 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00OQH1LJW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,244 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's a very different style from what I'm used to, but for me, it worked for this story. I felt like I was reading a REAL love story. It didn't have the over-the-top traumatic event, or that you-saw-it-a-mile-away plot twist. I don't want to say it was simple, but it took it back to the basics, which in a world of one-upmanship, is difficult to pull off well. It reminded me that love isn't always neat and there are honest struggles along the way. It's hard not to give five stars to a book that you constantly think of, and wish more people would take a chance on.
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The Ballad is original, smart, and yet completely basic. The story itself is simplistic tale of love and life, one that can be told (or read) again and again, but the clever writing will grab you from the first page. I'm a sucker for a strong, alpha male character, and Adam Ford delivers. Thrice.
Mixed with this incredible story of love is witty and fast-paced dialogue from the cast of characters of The Album. Ashley Pullo's style of writing is phenomenal, and one that leaves me thinking about the characters long after the final scene.
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What did you like best about The Ballad? What did you like least?
I really loved all the life observations and how they were linked to music and television shows that were popular when I was growing up. Adam's toast below is just one of many cool observations that season this wonderful ensemble novel.

"Sometimes life can make you pause without warning – a crossroad of choices, a brush of fate, or a dose of reality. But in the end, it’s simply a journey. And if we’re lucky, one to be shared with friends and family.” Adam

I did think it was a tiny bit weird when Nat played peeping Tom on her cousin Chloe and Adam when they shared a suite in Vegas. I was relieved when she quickly gave them their privacy.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Hell yeah!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I seriously laughed so hysterically that I had a coughing fit and a Facebook laughter sticker war with my live buddy reading partner, Beth Simkanin, when I read the below scene, one of many, many funny moments.

“You haven’t been Naughty Nat this enter trip. It’s like you’re avoiding sex – you wouldn’t even let me eat you out last night.”

“That’s not true! I’d f@#k you in the bathroom right now if I wasn’t wearing pants. It’s just that, well, my period can start at any minute – which explains all this hormonal behavior. Ugh, now you think I’m gross.”

“Nat, I watched our daughter bloom from your flower garden – nothing about you is gross.”

“Ew, that’s gross!”

Chris shakes his head and laughs. “And, I’m pretty certain you had your period two weeks ago.”

“You know my cycle? Creep.”

“I’m creepy because I can add?
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4.6 I loved this. I could read it again. the reverse telling of the story was enjoyable, as it allowed you to pick up on the subtle clues as you were reading. It was very easy to connect with these characters as we hit major life milestones around the same time.
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I thought Ms. Pullo was speaking to me in the first book, The Album. Little did I know, she could capture another stage of my life so eloquently with her latest release, The Ballad.

"I, Chloe Ford, am the target audience for wrinkle cream, weight loss, and poorly written romance novels. I might as well prepare for my move to one of those Adult Retirement Communities…spending my golden years in rayon pantsuits and bragging about my collection of tiny porcelain frogs."

"And that’s when I realize – thirty-five is ten years better than twenty-five."

The Ballad opens with Chloe, about to celebrate her thirty-fifth birthday. She really takes a look around her to inventory her life in the here and now. She has two beautiful children, a successful husband, and an understanding that while she may not be the young, hip girl she once was, she has underwent an evolution to become a different person, one whose life choices have made her the person she is. She couldn’t be the person she is today had she not experienced all of the challenges life has thrown her way. All of those decisions have influenced her relationships with others and each birthday becomes a celebration of those changes, rather than a chance to mourn the loss of youth.

"Closing the door, I step on a g--damn Lego for the hundredth time."

"And there’s my gift, the red, bulls-eye Mecca for every woman in her thirties…Target!"

What can I say? Every parent knows that feeling and Pullo’s use of the familiar again lends an air of authenticity to the book. The characters are real.
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The Album is one of BFF K's Bestie Reads for 2014! It is an incredible, wonderful, funny, heart-warming, tale of five friends written in the most unique style and format we've come across in a long time! I LOVED it!

So, I was thrilled with the recent release of The Ballad. This is a companion novel to The Album sharing stories and vignettes from the lives and loves of many of the same characters in The Album. The Ballad is like going to a reunion, but only seeing/spending time with your most favorite people! This book is an opportunity to slip back into their stories and get a deeper look at some of the most significant moments.

You'll be a guest at Chloe and Adam's wedding, have a ring-side-seat at the births of babies, experience career changes and even a Vegas vacation. In many cases, it expands on the epic narratives started in The Album or tells new ones that you'll love to read. The unique format and writing for The Ballad is one of the things I love most about the book. It's like getting little glimpses into the lives of the characters over several years and learning about their thoughts and all the things that make them tick. The characters are so well developed, parts are LOL-funny, there is lots of romance and a little steam. Through everything: cousins Chloe and Natalie are the heart of the story, their friendship is the very best love story told and music makes the memories! A 4.5 rated read on BFF Book Blog.
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