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- Print Length: 109 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 11, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076D783GK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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DJ Jamison has written another wonderful story that tugged on all of my emotions. Aidan has a lot of quirks, and has trouble dealing with people. He's not autistic but he's on the bordering edge of the spectrum. He's pretty plain speaking and doesn't really know when he's been rude. Numbers mean so much to him and he's kind of obsessed with baseball statistics.
Jesse is an artist but he doesn't worry about making a living with his art. He prefers not being tied down and works as a bartender to pay the bills. He noticed Aidan at a baseball game and tried to talk to him but was just blown off. When he backs into Aidan's car in the parking lot after a ballgame he can't believe it's the same guy he tried to talk to before.
I couldn't wait to finish this book and at the same time I didn't want it to end. The misunderstandings and miscommunication between Aidan and Jesse made me hurt for them. They both have things they need to work through and DJ's writing of their journey was inspiring. Reading about characters like Aidan has made me a more understanding person when I encounter someone who seems a bit different.
I pity the people who write off the romance genre as just trivial stories. I've gained quite a lot of enlightenment about people who might be considered "different" and stories like this one have helped me to become a better person.
I'm so glad that I was asked to be a beta-reader for this story.
An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
There is much more to Jesse than initially portrayed. His motto of one and done protected him from being left again and allowed him to control the situation. Yes, he is an artist but even this must be on his own terms. Jesse's devotion to his grandfather was undisputed and a key measure of his character.
Learning to communicate was not in the plan for Aiden but perhaps he used his "It's how I am" excuse a bit too much. The question is, did he want to change. Aiden's life is structured and living with his mother is very safe. Safe but boring and lonely.
I really enjoyed watching Aiden's developed awareness of how his behavior affected Jesse as well as his interpretation of Jesse's expressions and actions. Well Done! This is definitely one to recommend to your friends!
We're all different and there's someone out there that'll like us for being just us.
I'm glad for Aidan that one was Jesse cause I couldn't see past the annoying and into the cute in him ^^
We are told in the beginning that main character, Aidan is actually "very close to being on the spectrum" and there was a lot of attention to him being "different". In my opinion, way too much focus on his "being different". Yet way too many times I thought no way, he wouldn't react that way. Not someone on the spectrum or even almost on the spectrum. He's almost too "normal", too self confident at times, too in control of his emotions even when he's supposedly flying off the handle in anger.
Add Aidan to our other main character, go with flow, fly by the seat of your pants, Jesse and they struck me as oil and water. I just couldn't see these two making a lasting relationship work. Every time that Jesse responded with a laugh I expected Aidan to explode not just ask, "Why are you laughing?"....
....Maybe if it'd been longer? Maybe if they weren't so different to the point that I just kept thinking that Jesse would constantly be driving Aidan insane? Maybe if I hadn't read the part of being told that he was so much worse as a child but with years of therapy and age he'd gotten better by learning to cope? Maybe if I was somehow able to believe that Jesse could accept Aidan for who he is instead of being left with the feeling that he thinks Aidan somehow needs to learn to lighten up? Which leads me right back to maybe if it'd been longer.....
Anyway, as you can see it's definitely me. Ultimately, I think that I would have liked this more if the focus had been more on romance rather than their individual 'quirks' and on them building a relationship but at the end of the day I still devoured this book and I did like all of the characters including Gramps and Mom, I just want more.
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