- File Size: 1979 KB
- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: The Elizabeths, LLC. (July 12, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 12, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LRYFSZ0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,254 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I have read some less than stellar reviews.......some that say what kind of parents allow their underage children to smoke and drink and do drugs right under their noses? I actually had some friends' parents that were ok with that, so it is not unreasonable to assume that it never happens, because it does. It is also not unreasonable to assume that at the age of 9 or 10 or 11 you can fall in love with a boy and hope that he'll wait for you. I love Dusty! Yeah, he's basically a what? Preteen and teenage boy? Yes, that is exactly what he is. One that smokes a little weed as he's growing up and hangs with the wrong crowd. It happens. But he is so lovable, while at the same time you want to hate him for what you know is coming.
And Bliss is just that young girl who falls in love with her best friend's brother. She can't help it. Can anyone help who they fall in love with?
This story takes place over several years and its interesting watching this group of kids grow up throughout the story. How they change. How they make the choices they make. How they survive their teenage years.
If you had the perfect childhood growing up, this book might not be of any interest to you. But if you grew up with real preteen problems and friends and issues, you might just love this book.
Drugs and alcohol are a reality and this book shows that. Having parents that are either overbearing or nonchalant are a reality and this book shows that, too.
But, if you just love to read angst-y characters that have hopes and dreams and flaws, you need to READ THIS BOOK. DO IT. NOW!
Dusty and Bliss were born for each other. Does it matter what kind of problems they have along the way? Maybe. Maybe not. But they have real problems like the rest of us and they learn how to cope the best way they know how.
This book is so worth it........
The pain of these people.... it was disturbing and worries me for the future of my own children who are growing up in middle class America.
This was an awesome read. Make sure you have time to read book two- cuz you will want to jump right into it. These ladies write well on their own, but together, they were able to put the poetry and ugliness of love onto the page in a new and sadistic way. You have to read it.
"Love is indescribable, cumbersome, silly-selfish, consuming, life-changing, goose bump-giving, knowing-all-the-words-to-the-song exciting, I-can’t-think-straight-without-him overwhelming, sigh-swooning, laugh-out-loud-for-no-reason anxious. It’s fun and always near."
Maybe what I admire most about this story is that it tackles that extremely difficult and achingly confusing time that comes before adulthood, and in the beginning it even speaks of childhood wonder. It takes adolescence by the proverbial horns and just paints an eye-opening and truthful picture of what it's like to be that young. More importantly, it reminds us of something that I think we so easily forgot... a love so pure and unassuming that it's easy (to start). A first love, one before heartache, lies and manipulation. We get to see it unfold from the very beginning, and we get to see it tangle and change as well.
"Love for him doesn’t listen to logic, practicality, or consequence. It’s a lot like him in that way, our love. It wants what it wants, when it wants it. And when it wants, it needs."
There's a wonderful transition from honest innocence to confusion, anxiety and uncertainty. It's natural, it's fitting and it leaves you breathless and uncomfortable. You feel what Bliss feels, certain of this love she holds so dear but completely wrecked by what it does to her. It's messy, it's imperfect, it's so freaking truthful that it hurts. You literally get to read the ways in which each character changes their definitions of love as they grow, as they age, and as they fall deeper.
"I’m sorry it’s unfair to everyone else in our lives, but I don’t want to be smart. This person is right for me."
This book is far from rainbows and sunshine, I want to make that perfectly clear. It's rough, it has to be in order to be a realistic representation. I had plenty of moments where I wanted to scream and shout, I wanted to throw things and hurt both of these beloved characters because they both have SO much to learn about life and love. But hell if that isn't what makes this story so beautiful, all of their mistakes and mishaps. I don't condone any of what these kids do, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't happen. Just because it's often hard to swallow doesn't mean that it is any less truthful. If you can find a way to bite your tongue and just allow yourself to BE one of these characters and to see things the way they do, I promise it will be epic.
"Love tangles tightly like roots through both of us and all of this. We were made to love."
The words are haunting and beautiful, each paragraph is like a poetry that was written just for these two characters to bask in. They're lost to love, it splits them open and alters their senses. They grow up too fast and want things they can't comprehend, they battle with what they desire and what is needed. The truth and promises turn to omissions and denial. It's so refreshing to read that I often felt like I was drowning in this story. I felt like I was in their heads, so unsure of how to make things work while so sure of what I desired. It was the most breathtaking madness that a book has ever given me.
"Love can forgive, but life doesn’t forget."
It's not a fun read, it's not light or airy. It doesn't relent or apologize, it takes and demands your attention. It speaks of young love, first love, real live, forever love. The kind of passion that only the lucky ones will ever get to experience, and it's so easy to lose yourself in the hazardous world this author has created. I was warned that this book might break me, it didn't. It made me feel. It breathed youth back into me and helped me remember who I used to be, what I used to think and how crazy it was to be so reckless as to think that you knew everything.
"Because love is a lot of things, but above all, love is what we make it. And we’ll make this never ending."
I don't just recommend this book, I want to push it onto you. It's important, and maybe you didn't live this life. Maybe you were sheltered or totally innocent growing up but I find it impossible that you won't find something to relate to in this story. I find it hard to believe that anyone who reads this story won't take something away from all the eloquent words and gorgeous analogies. Read it, feel it, wrap the story around your heart and hold on tight for the bliss that comes with this story.
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But i loved this story and fell into the relationship between Leighlee and Thomas (Dusty).Read more