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I was excited to pick up this book just from the cover alone. It's amazing. Then I read the blurb and I was sold. From the first page, I loved the playlists included and they way she tied music into the entire story. I would say that I have and regularly listen to about 95% of the songs she listed in here. This made me all the more connected to the story because I felt like seeing that playlist before starting the chapter gave me an idea of what I was in for.
"It's hard to believe that a combination of sound and silence can have such an effect on you. But it can. And it can affect you in ways you never thought possible."
My heart broke for Ash. So completely. I wanted to give her a hug, tell her it was going to be alright and keep her out of harm's way. She was so fragile and in such a dark place (and really, how could you not be?). I loved how it was told in the first person, because even though I would LOVE to see inside Luke's head, being in Ash's head created such emotional turmoil. It was written in a way that when she felt butterflies, so did I; when she was frustrated or angry, so was I. It was so very powerful.
"It's funny the things you wish for. When you get them, you never want them anymore. And you'd do anything to take them back."
Luke - I don't even know how to go on about him. Because there really aren't any words. I LOVE HIM! The way that he was introduced to the story was great, and the relationship that evolved between him and Ash was beautiful. I appreciated every aspect of their story. He was so patient and kind and caring and really he was her saving grace. The tension between them was SO THICK I felt like I couldn't breathe at times. And then, I would think something was finally going to happen, and someone would call `uncle.' Talk about frustrating...but in a good way.
"I've wanted to be with you since the first minute I saw you. The very second you walked back into that shop and I felt my heart stop when I looked at you. I knew right then, I would do absolutely anything for you."
Natalie did a fantastic job of writing between past and present tenses. If not done correctly, this can be super confusing and muddy a story. She did this SO WELL that it's unreal. It really brought the story full circle and helped me make all the connections. It was fantastic! Because of the way it was written, too, it was damn near impossible to put down. I had a sick kid, so there was a lot of moving watching and snuggle time going on yesterday, which allowed me plenty of time with my iPad...and thank God for that because I NEEDED to know what happened next. When I thought I had it figured it, it completely changed...and I'll tell you, I was FREAKING OUT. What happened was not what I expected, and I felt like I couldn't catch my breath...I was flipping the pages so damn fast. But, overall, I would say that it ended how it should have. I don't want to give anything away, because it's just too good not to experience firsthand, but it was very powerful.
I give this book 4.5 stars and recommend it to anyone. It's a more mature contemporary - some coarse language, sex (although not overly graphic), but the characters are 25-27ish so that's to be expected. This is a MUST READ! It will have your head spinning, heart pounding and a flurry of butterflies in your stomach, but it's so worth it and so beautiful!
I loved this quote - "Can good things really last forever or is it all just destined to end? ... I've lived my life in a constant state of fear. That time is running out, that anything good is going to be taken away from me."
Natalie Ward, in this book, has written a wonderful, heart wrenching, endearing, painful, emotional story which takes us along for Ash's journey of rediscovering life and love. The characters areexceptionally well developed and I liked that Ash's story unfolded throughout the novel instead of it being told right up front. This was an important part of the journey. The different experiences and history of Ash's story unfolded wonderfully and brought the whole story together. The author writes this story from Ash's perspective and we walk along with her through her memories and experience each loss, each sorrow, heartbreak and all the grief she has suffered. We can relate to her fears, hopes and we become connected to her life. I found myself feeling all these emotions throughout this beautifully crafted story.
The musical references and playlists put together for each chapter were amazing and a character unto themselves. This was a nice touch to connect on a different level and give another, unique perspective to the book.
Luke becomes a presence in Ash's life, but is he worth the risk? Well, he's sexy, hot, a musician, and thoughtful, patient....so if it were me - YES! He will make you melt!! Luke sees her pain and struggle and gives Ash plenty of room as he patiently endears himself to her and inserts himself into Ash's life. I loved that he slowly became part of her life and gives hope. This wasn't rushed, it wasn't too much. The timing (and Luke) are perfect!
Natalie Ward's writing is poignant. Her talent is expressive and heartrending. These were not just words on a page this was an experience to be felt. We hear the intimate thoughts of Ash and are transported directly into her raw place where she is most vulnerable. We encountered each memory and occurrence as they took place instead of reading them, they were felt.
I Love You To Death is an original, well-crafted, magnificent debut novel by a talented new author. With impressive story telling this is an author who goes straight to my favorites. I look forward to experiencing more and have Natalie feed my reading addiction.