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Distraction (Volume 1) Paperback – August 15, 2014
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Over 150 FIVE STAR reviews on Goodreads. "Distraction pulled me in from the first page. So much intensity and mixed emotions in this book." --Four Chicks Flipping Pages
Tristan and Elle are so well written I half expected to meet them on the street. This book left my emotions reeling, but I had a huge smile and warm heart at the end." --Mom With A Reading Problem
This story of Tristan and Elle deserve more stars than what Amazon and Goodreads."e; --Amber Simmons, reader
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M’kay, here’s the obligatory backstory, for all you peeps that aren’t in the know: Tristan and Elle have been best friends from childhood, and each secretly harbors feelings for the other. Should be simple, right? Nope, nope, nope! Tristan’s engaged to another woman, and Elle is dating another man.
Oh my wounded heart, it was agonizing being in these two characters’ heads and watching them secretly pine for one another. I died a thousand (figurative) deaths as each one came SO CLOSE to admitting their feelings … only for something to distract (<—*nudge, nudge* check out the title) them.
Let’s set the record straight with one very important thing: Angela McPherson is AMAZING with sexual tension. No, phenomenal! I was pining, and I do not normally pine.
Not to be outshined by the amazing sexual tension are the characters themselves. Actually, let me expand that statement to the characters and the world they resided in. I’ve read a lot of books about college and I’ve noticed some gaps between how the author perceives college life and how college actually is (I’m sure readers of YA also see this in depictions of high school). The characters and setting here absolutely NAILED it, which made the entire story that much more realistic. By the time the book came to a close, I felt that I personally knew these characters.
Needless to say, this book was ah-mazing, and I’m going to get whiny pretty soon if I don’t get my hands on Addiction ASAP!!!
But, there are secrets both Elle and Tristan are keeping. They love each other, but neither has ever been able to admit it. Tristan’s transfer to Elle’s school makes it even more difficult for them to keep that secret despite the fact that Tristan is engaged. Elle makes peace with that knowledge and begins to move forward with her own life, finding someone who may truly care for her.
Tristan’s relationship with his father is strained as is Elle’s with her mother. Elle’s sister is troubled, sick and missing. Elle can’t always take care of everyone else and must try to live for herself and find her future. While they try to keep their friendship on an even keel, circumstances begin to throw them into a tailspin.
Even more secrets are unearthed and kept. Will Tristan and Elle be able to move past their current relationships, past their troubled pasts and through new troubled secrets?
This book was beautifully written. I highlighted so many parts of it. My favorite was “My once racing heart plummeted to a standstill. My fingers, hands, every part of me felt numb. I could see his lips moving, but couldn’t hear his words. His face lit with such emotion, it hurt to see it, hurt to feel it, and then sadly, sound made its way to my ears again.”
While it can be read as a standalone, there are some secrets and mysteries that are not resolved by the end of the book.
I won't give you a synopsis of the book since many others do that, and I'm just not big on repeating what everyone else has said. So, I'll move onto the good stuff.
I loved this book because the two main characters have been best friends since childhood. They grew up together. Conquered high school together. Lived life together.
But neither were able to tell each other how they really felt about one another. Not until it almost became too late.
This story is about two people who really know each other and are BEST friends. I love that! I mean, that's what real life fairytales are made of. Finding that person who not only completes you, but shares everything with you and becomes your best friend, your best confidant, your best...well, everything.
Is life all roses? No. But it doesn't have to be. And that's what makes it so beautiful.
The opening chapter engages and excites, with a clear understanding of what the book will be about.
I have to admit that I did not finish the book. I read through the first chapter, and when the next chapter switched to Elle's point of view, I stopped. This probably isn't really fair to the author, considering the first chapter really engaged me, and I found myself excited to read the whole story. Ever since I read Picoult's My Sister's Keeper with the back and forth POVs, it biased me towards stories written like this, even though the writing is fantastic, the characters believable, and the story has a touch of reality through its clever cover of escapism.
I do recommend this book to those who enjoy romance and have no issues with the alternating chapter POVs. My three star rating is due to the fact that I really enjoyed what I read up to the point I stopped. I would definitely read more Angela McPherson books.
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