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"I am not even sure that anything I have to say is really going to give this book all the praise it deserves. I was completely caught up in this book, the emotions of the characters grabbing me with a vise and not letting go." ~Books She Reads
- ASIN : B00DGZL2M6
- Publisher : Berkley (January 7, 2014)
- Publication date : January 7, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1322 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #92,536 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Jared and Aly. What can possibly be said about them that does them justice??? Jared is a tortured soul. He lives with unbearable sadness and guilt and shame due to a tragic event that happened when he was sixteen years old. The events that took place afterwards spiraled downward and Jared found himself in a place of constant darkness and self hatred. He's just existing in an endless sea of despair. Aly has always loved Jared even though he didn’t know and when they reconnect something ignites and the connection they have is soul binding. Aly sees Jared. She sees the burdens he carries and wants nothing more than to help him see that he deserves the good he feels he has no right to have.
“ I see beauty and pain. Joy and sorrow. I see the good and I see the bad… and I love it all. “
Their story is no fairytale. Its dark and foreboding. The darkness that storms through Jared is palpable and you know just freaking know that it will conquer. Jared's demons are strong but Aly's goodness is so much stronger. It’s that goodness that both saves and destroys Jared.
I’m honesty at a loss for words. I keep trying to find the words to say that will do this book justice but my mind keeps coming up blank. This book speaks to you and becomes apart of your being. Aly and Jared are sensational. This book is sensational!!! Read this book!!! The journey is rough but in the end you’ll be glad you took it.
is so strong and believable. Seeing how she felt all through their younger days was so cute, and I loved how they were all so close.
<b><I>Loving someone is one of the biggest chances we ever take. Maybe the most unfair part of it is that it’s rarely a conscious decision we’ve made. It’s something that blossoms slow or hits us hard, something that stirs and builds gradually, or something that shocks us with its sudden intensity. And sometimes it’s something that’s been a part of us our entire lives. But almost always, it’s inevitable.</I></b>
I really connected with all the characters and felt they went together so well. You can’t help but feel something for each one of them.
I will say, I knew things were going to turn around in the end for Jared and Aleena like her mother predicted of course, but I didn’t expect the shock that was thrown into it in the end. I also can’t believe how A.L. Jackson just ends the book, like bloop that’s it but wait there’s a second one that continues their story.
I will say, I’m glade this is an older book of hers, because that means I can jump straight to the next one which I plan to do as soon as I finish with my review. After the way it just ended I have to know how things are going to go and continue next after the shock your left with.
<b><I>“I see beauty and pain. Joy and sorrow. I see the good and I see the bad . . . and I love it all.”
“Hearts have a way of finding their way home.”</I></b->
Oh My Jared!! God I love that boy. I truly felt for him with all that he has gone through. He was broken but can he be fixed? I loved Aly, she was wise beyond her years. The love that she had for Jared and how he never wavered. Through her words and actions, it was so strong. She brought out the best in him. I loved seeing them together. Their love was intense. I couldn’t get enough of this story. I was hanging on every word and was excited throughout. The angst was strong in this one but it was worth it. So so good!
Top reviews from other countries
The internal battle Jared has with himself on a daily basis, is one of the most powerful parts of this story. He sees himself as unworthy of anything good. He has walked down a destructive path for so long on his own, he doesn't know how to deal with being shown the same unconditional love and affection, from his two childhood friends.
Aly has almost given up hope of seeing Jared again when he turns up. The first time she sees him after seven years, is one of my favourite moments in the book.
The heartache that surrounds Jared is a walk he has built around himself that now overshadows every part of his daily living. Aly chips away at this wall, letting in just fractures of light, trying to show Jared he is worthy of the happiness he has denied himself for so long.
Aly's brother and Jared's best friend, Christopher loves having his best friend back, but warns him Aly is off limits. This adds to Jared's internal battle with his self worth.
As feelings change, things become increasingly difficult, which only makes Jared feel justified in pressing his self destruct button.
All in all, this book is amazing and it is not the type of book you can just pick up when you have a spare half hour. Believe me when I say, if you cannot devote a significant amount of time, then you will either be late or reading all night! This book sucked me in right from the beginning, and did not let go until the end. However, the aftermath of the story still has it's claws in me, reminding me of the heartache.
"Love is the best thing that will ever happen to you Aly"
Willow: I have to admit that this was the first AL Jackson book I have read, and I totally loved it. I'd lost my reading mojo and haven't actually read for months, I'd tried books but just couldn't get in to them so gave up, but this one I just couldn't stop, I was totally drawn in and I love AL's writing. This definitely will not be the last book of hers I'll read.
Donna: I am the opposite, I have read all of her books and I was eagerly awaiting this one! I thoroughly enjoyed it and was hooked from the first page.
Willow: The book is about two old friends who haven't seen each other for years. Aleena, known as Aly, a good kind girl who feels like something is missing in her life and Jared, an extremely tortured soul who after sometime away comes back to his home town. You know something bad has happened which is why he was "sent away" and they lost touch, but you aren't told why straight away. I love these kinds of books where as you read on slowly little bits are dripped out to you for you to piece bits together.
Donna: I had my thoughts throughout as to what I thought had happened and I wasn't that far off. The thing I loved about this book was the friends to lovers aspect. These two were friends for years before they were estranged. I loved hearing of the tales of them growing up and how Jared was so protective of her even as a child.
Willow: Yes the flash backs were a great insight into their relationship when they were younger and you could see they cared about each other then.
I loved that it was dual POV. That you got to see how both sides were feeling about their renewed friendship that was changing into more.
Donna: I thought it was great how their reconnection was almost instantaneous. It was like they had never been apart. They were soul mates that was clear and they just had this pull to each other that was so strong. Aleena was the person that he needed to pull him out of his internal struggles, they were complete when they were together.
"I'm so effed up Aly and I'm always going to be. I warned you that you can't fix me and you can't. I'm never going to outlive or out run this shit"
Willow: I totally agree, I thought it was sad though that with Jared being a bad boy and Aly's older brothers best friend, Aly and Jared are forced to keep their growing closeness a secret. Though I think because they were sneaking around at night it made their time together more sacred, more intimate. But it wasn't all smiles and roses, Jared believing that he doesn't deserve happiness after what he's done is constantly pushing away and Aly is constantly trying to pull him closer. AL really made me feel the emotion of this and although I did connect with both characters, it was actually Jared that I felt the most connection with. I felt tortured whilst reading his parts.
"It was like Jared and I were in this constant tug-of-war that neither of us knew how to play, pushing and pulling, attracting and repelling"
Donna: I totally agree, I was emotionally spent throughout this book, there we loads of tears! My heart broke for Jared. He did not deserve the guilt he had and the self loathing. I just wanted to smother him in hugs and kisses, a bit like Aly's mum did...man that scene broke me, lots of tears!!
Willow: Oh god, yes that scene was hard, he thought everyone hated him for what he did, or at least that he deserved everyone hating him. I literally held my breath when they saw each other, not knowing how she was going to react.
Although there were other characters in this book, Christopher Aly's brother and Megan her friend, it was all just totally focused on Jared and Aly which I totally loved, sometimes it is nice to have side stories, but this book just didn't need it.
Donna: I know and I totally agree. It made their story that much more meaningful and intense. The chemistry between them was palpable and it radiated off the page. I felt that Christopher must have been blind to not have noticed their connection but I guess he was to busy being a manwhore. AL certainly brings out all your emotions in this book, I found this book extremely heartfelt and I was well and truly sucked in. I really didn't want this book to finish.
Willow: I didn't want it to finish either, but let's talk about the ending - I love that there was a little twist in there that just made their relationship mean so much more than you realise as you're reading. But man, AL can make your heart break!! The sadness I felt was off the scale at one point.
Donna: I felt like she had ripped my heart out many a time in this book. The deserted lot he used to go to have his breakdowns is one prime example. But yes the twists and turns kept you on your toes and Aly really was his guardian angel and soul mate. It was that connection that made their relationship that much more believable and I did feel like a voyeur at times as I was so connected to their story.
Willow: I loved this book and looking forward to the next in the series and I'll definitely be reading AL 's other books.
"I see beauty and pain, joy and sorrow. I see the good and the bad....and I love it all"
This is a cheesy way to start a review, but oh goodness, this book pulled on my heartstrings. Although I often enjoy a book, and I generally feel a connection with well-written characters in a novel, it's not so common that I feel genuinely emotional whilst reading a book. I went through pretty much every emotion on the spectrum during the course of A.L. Jackson's Come to Me Quietly, though. The novel is a beautifully written account of two broken people trying to repair what they once had. Jackson's novel has so much feeling throughout - love, passion, self-destruction, pain, longing, forgiveness - all of which come together and form an achingly captivating story that will stay in your mind long after you've read the last page.
Come to Me Quietly is a dual-perspective novel told, in alternating chapters, from the point of view of both Aly and Jared. Aly is a young woman who has simply gone through the motions - living life, but not really feeling it - after the sudden departure of her best friend Jared, when she was only 14 years old. Jared had his reasons for leaving. He needed to escape everyone. Everything. Six years on, and he's still struggling with his demons, convinced that he doesn't deserve anything good in his life. Things all change for both of these characters, however, when Jared finds himself on an old friend's sofa, and is awakened in the middle of the night by none other than the girl he left behind so many years ago.
Although startling at first, these two characters quickly fall back into the role of best friends but, far from being the young teenagers they were six years ago, they find themselves struggling with feelings for one another - both old and new. The relationship develops slowly between the two characters. Oh, how I love a fictional relationship with a slow burn. It simmers at first, and slowly becomes more and more passionate until it's something outwith their own control. I loved how realistic and emotional the whole thing felt, and I wish more novels had the same kind of captivating, fervent romance.
Aly was a wonderful heroine. Far from the Bella Swan archetype that is often found in YA and NA romance, Aly is passionate, strong and determined. She is determined to help Jared through his self-loathing and self-destructive tendencies, and prove to him that he is more than deserving of the love that she's held for him for so long.
Jared broke my heart many a time during the course of the novel. He was a fantastic character with many complexities, and the level of dedication and respect he held for Aly throughout the novel was very admirable. I often wished that he'd stop torturing himself but, when you find out the details of his past, it becomes clearer why he feels he is undeserving of love and kindness.
By the end of this novel, as I said earlier, I was a bit of an emotional wreck. I thought about the novel for days after, and found it difficult to read anything else for a week or two after I finished it, because nothing gripped me or evoked the same kind of emotional response as this novel did. I'm very excited to read the sequel to this novel, which is waiting on my Kindle as I type this!
If you're a fan of second chance love stories, and love a book that will make you feel as though you've been on an emotional rollercoaster by the time you're done, then Come to Me Quietly is the book for you. I absolutely loved it, and I would highly recommend it to fans of similar genres.
He hadn’t reckoned on Aleena though.
Aleena is the kid sister of his childhood best friend. Through flashbacks we see how she tagged along with Jared and Christopher, how Jared always stuck up for her against her brother and how she idolised Jared. She hasn’t seen Jared since she was 14, but now here he is, back in town after 6 years and staying in the apartment she shares with her brother.
Aly knows about the events that led up to him leaving town, although we don’t discover the reason until much later in the book. She tries to befriend him, to make him see that he doesn’t have to be alone, but Jared is quite hostile towards her at first. Gradually she is able to get him to talk to her and it’s clear that there is an underlying mutual attraction. Jared has been warned that Aly is strictly off-limits by Christopher, and is determined that he won’t ruin the good thing he has left in his life. He has a self destruct button and doesn’t want to bring Aly down with him, but he finds that he is fighting his feelings and finding it hard to do the right thing.
Jared has a lot of demons he needs to overcome, and he will need to start to let people in if he’s going to be able to do that. There’s so much more of this story to be told, and I can’t wait for Come To Me Softly to see if Jared can work through his issues and confront those demons. I want to see him start to believe in himself, to believe that he can be (and deserves to be) happy.
I’ve read all of A L Jackson’s books, they all have the same effect on me. A L has a way of pulling the reader into the story and into the world of the characters. She creates characters that I care about, writes scenes that I can see happening as though I was standing there in the same room and I feel the emotion in her books. This story had it all. The emotion, the angst, the chemistry between the characters and their passion had me hooked from the very beginning until the very last page.