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- Print Length: 165 pages
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- Publisher: From the Ashes Press (May 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GAEZP1I
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I knew from the second I heard about this book that I was going to have to read it. So when I was chosen to receive an ARC I was so happy. This book tackles an important subject and one that is often glossed over. Abuse. Specifically, dating abuse. Often people can be led to believe that abuse means it is physical but abuse can also be emotional, verbal, etc. This book touches on all of these. I was in a verbal/emotionally abusive relationship myself for while so this book really spoke to me. I could really relate to a lot of things that Becca was feeling. I was nearly brought to tears several times while reading. (Actually, at one point, I was.) The emotions were very real and for me, very relatable. Most of what was relatable for me was from Becca's POV but there was still relatibilty in Asher's POV, as well.
Before I go into all of the good points the one thing I would say is that sometimes the dialogue seemed a little bit unnatural or the sentence flow would throw me off. But these are really the only criticisms that I have.
As for the characters they were great. Becca, for me, was the character that I connected with the most. While there are some things about Becca and I that are very different there are also many things that are similar. Of course, the type of relationship that she was in. However, there are also other things. Her fondness for music. I may not play an instrument but I very much enjoy singing. She loves rock candy and so do I. She's a fan of Doctor Who and so am I. She loves to cook and so do I. She loves to read and so do I. So, clearly, there are a lot of similarities that made it even easier for me to relate to and connect with her.
Asher was so sweet and thoughtful. He really paid attention to all of the little things about Becca and he didn't use these things against her. He would use these things to male her happy and to comfort her. He was always there for her since they were children. Asher very clearly wanted to protect her but didn't treat her like she was weak. I loved when they played board games together and that he ended up getting addicted to Doctor Who.
The side characters were also great and fun to read about. Side characters can really help to make a book. Asher's parents, Becca's parents and sister were all great side characters.
Trip was a scary character, as he was meant to be. The pieces of the book that were in his POV gave you a little bit more of a peek into his mind. It's both scary and sad that there are people like this in the world.
The little touches like Becca and Asher playing Don't Break the Ice, the rock candy, the Pull n' Peel Cherry Twizzlers (a favorite of mine), the cooking, the singing and the watching of Doctor Who all made this book even better. Seeing things that I love in this book made it even more relatable and these little details made me smile.
This was a very good book about a very important topic. I enjoyed the ending, as well. I think this is a good book to read for many people and of many ages. It's not for children, but for older teenagers and above I think just about anyone should read this. The book that I'm working on deals with abuse and in my first book, My Heart is Yours, I touch on the topic. It is an important issue that should be discussed more. I recommend this book to just about everyone and I can't wait to see what Ashley has in store for us next. I give this one 4 quills.
I really enjoyed the storyline and the message this book is trying to help people more aware of. I enjoyed the characters created and the banter between Asher and Becca. Also I loved the how much strength the author gave Becca at the end.
Even though there was some tuff subject matter this was a fun, sweet read. Not a bad first book!!
This was a case of a book not fitting me personally. It had a lot going for it, and I think for the right reader it's going to be a total hit. I'll get the misses over with first, and then I'll tell you about all the good stuff.
For me, it was sort of a matter of not being able to relate to the characters. While this book addresses a very serious issue (and does so brilliantly, I'll get to that in the good stuff part), the other half of the book (ie the romance) was actually just too sweet for me. I know, that totally sounds stupid, but it's really just a personal taste thing. While this book is in NO WAY a religious read, the characters are both active church going individuals who attend youth group and wear purity rings, so their Christianity is obviously an important part of their characters you know? And there's a part of me that really enjoyed that in a philosophical sense, in that it feels like there aren't a lot of normal contemporary books out there where the characters are unapologetically Christian, but where it doesn't take over the whole book you know? And this book definitely accomplished that in my opinion. It was just a part of who they were, but it wasn't all they were or really a big aspect of the book's plot at all. But at the same time, I ended up learning something about myself: apparently I'm just not attracted to those kinds of characters as a reader. It's not that I don't read clean romances. I do all the time, and I actually enjoy them. But apparently there's something that this one was missing for me. Maybe it's the sass? I don't know. It's kind of weird, b/c back when I was 14 or so, I had many of the same extracurricular interests as Becca (youth group, choir, band)...but then my best friend moved away, and I grew into a different person, and maybe that new person is just jaded and cynical or something. So when I say that a big part of what has me rating this lower is a personal taste thing, I honestly mean it. I think when it hits the right readers, they are going to love it.
And all that's not to say that Becca and Asher didn't have me grinning at times, and even swooning occasionally. And man, the kissing was so good!!! The boat scene?? *sigh* But there were moments in the dialogue where I could just feel my inner cynical cat side rear its ugly head and go "really?" Even though upon reflection I could see people having those conversations, it just took me out of the book. (and on an actual legitimate nitpick, sometimes I felt like the game rules dialogue was more there for the readers, and felt less natural in the situation) So I was constantly wavering between awesome giddiness and cynical jadedness. It made for a very weird reading experience.
Now onto where this book shines -- how it deals with the issue of dating abuse. I haven't come across a lot of books that delve into that subject, and I think it's an important one to talk about. And I thought that Ms. Bodette treated the subject with so much respect and honesty and realness. I felt all of the emotions that Becca did. I felt what Asher felt. I felt for her parents. I could see how it could happen, and the emotional impact it would have on all those it touches. And at the same time, it wasn't all the book was about -- the author managed to balance it in there with the sweet romance between Asher and Becca.
And can I just say that the lyrics for Our Song were fantastic??
So while this book didn't hit it out of the park for me, I would definitely recommend giving it a try for those that crave a great clean romance read. Especially if you love authors who can tackle the hard issues with heart. It was a great debut, and I'm sure the author has a lot more good things to come.
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