- File Size: 455 KB
- Print Length: 223 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Pertime Publishing; 1 edition (December 5, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 5, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00961VIIM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The second half of the book was even more enjoyable now that I knew it was true!
Having graduated in 1979, this story could have been mine! I loved the references to things that were of that period (which, frankly, in my old age I had forgotten!) Creature Feature? I remember feeling just the same as he -- the movies were pretty terrible, but you felt somehow naughty at staying up until midnight to watch them.
This was a great blast from the past -- and such a nice, sweet ending. I only wish more of the guys I dated were this romantic (hint to all you girls: strong, silent types aren't all they are cracked up to be--they are typically emotionally repressed, emotionally unavailable. Just sayin')
The main problem I had is even by the end of the story I didn't know anything about Dawn. The author never showed me what made THIS girl so special. I could not relate to her at all. It was very superficial and we never got any conversations that obviously was what drew them together and would have developed their relationship. I had hoped when they reunited all those years later that I finally would get a sense of her character, but even then, aside from her initial reluctance to talk to him (understandable) we don't get much more insight into her. All the characters other than Shawn are a little flat, and I think that's because of the lack of dialogue and actual events rather than just telling about them.
Parts I loved--while I'm not into music that much I loved the music references throughout the story. This gave me a little insight into Shawn's character. I also loved the fact that it was a happy ending, even after all those years and they got back together. I also liked the fact that we see the psychological memory **spoiler** the fact that Dawn had blocked the memory that she initiated their sexual exploit for years was intriguing because memories are very subjective.
The writing was smooth and it kept my attention. It actually was a rather haunting story and for that reason I gave it three stars, after all the author kept my attention on his story. If the character development was better I would be drawn to read the companion story, but at this point I can't see a reason for reading Dawn's side of the story.
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Thank you, Shawn, for sharing your life with us.
I enjoyed the book, the only problem I had with it was the underage sex (I'm not a prude, I know what teenagers are like but it doesn't change what I think).
I know Shawn explains that he was naïve and innocent for his age and he didn't initially instigate the act but it still left a fifteen-year-old girl pregnant and facing an abortion.
I think it's quite sad when Dawn explains why she felt the need, it wasn't because she was ready or the relationship was ready but because he was an older guy away at University. Basically, she felt pressured into underage sex by the need to keep hold of the relationship. Typical teenage girl psyche and almost proves she was emotionally too immature for that next step.
If it felt so wrong afterwards, that it left Shawn needing to escape and spend time at the grave of his father, in the pouring rain and in the middle of the night, I just wonder what emotional turmoil Dawn was feeling. The fact that she chose to block out much of what went on at that time speaks volumes.
I wonder had this same story been told from Dawn's perspective if it would have contained the same highly charged feelings of love or would it have told a story of a flattered young girl out of her depth (I think the shared letter at the slumber party gives us a snippet).
I guess writing this book has given Shawn the time to reflect on his feelings back then and the mistakes he made, loads of other people wouldn't do that. This book proves that growing up is never easy, love isn't always easy but a combination of the two can be incredibly troublesome.
I have to say, I am pleased it all turned out well in the end and I'm pleased they both found a happy ever after. You can only change the future so I wish them all the best in their life together.
PS The KISS II bit was cool.
The ups and downs of love and life and e ventually the happy ending!
This story is so well written and as it is a true story even more special, well done Shawn!
I shall be reading more at some point!!
This was a true story and although it started off almost a little boringly it was a good read, and I would probably read shawns other book that documents dawns life.
I was lucky enough to get this as a free download, but it's well worth the £3 it's up for right now
If you were a teenager in the late 70's, you won't be disappointed!
Thanks Shawn for sharing your story with us and here's wishing you and Dawn all the best in the future!!