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I had to buy it!
Sometimes you don't always need sex to create a love story. In this case, you just need the perfect story and the words to combine it all and that there will create the emotions that make up what truly was a book that will forever touch my heart.
"When you love somebody fiercely, you keep a part of them with you always, no matter where their journey takes them.”
To be young again and to remember what it was like.
There are many stories out there now that are about a boy and a girl that grew up together but many of them usually skip from being young to adults. This book takes you to only one time in their lives, a time that changed everything. There was no need to skip to the future because there were so many different things going on in just this one year. This ONE year - the author did (speechless) ....my jaw is still on the ground and the tears of sadness and joy are still lying on my bed.
"He made me feel beautiful in a way I’d never managed before. The way his eyes followed me wherever I moved, somehow intense but relaxed all at the same time, made me feel as though I was worth watching."
What can I say - and the irony is that I haven't read a Y/A book in quite sometime but we mustn't overlook this bc of it's genre (meaning how many might and are similar to me in this case) - remember back when a certain trilogy became huge because of an abused girl in high school - sex was not the catalyst - the story was. And a brilliant author, who knows how to do it right, will take you on a journey that's filled with so much creativity that it allows you to overlook that element and see the beauty of what love is really about in more ways than one and it is beautiful. So beautiful.
That is "The Pebble Jar" - OUTSTANDING!
*this book is affiliated with The Book Bistro
(author had no participation with this purchase or review)
random read! awesome read!
If you haven’t read H.A. Robinson before, this is the book to start with.
This coming of age story is for young and old, alike, and is full of characters you take on as your truest friends. You feel everything Abi is going through because of the way H.A. Robinson weaves her words into your heart. I won't lie, sometimes it's rather painful and heartbreaking.
The issues that are addressed in this book are ones that every single one of us encounters throughout our journey in life, but the storytelling makes Abi’s journey her very own. The writing is handled with such understanding of those raw emotions that, if you ask me, makes connecting with Abi and Nonna impossible to avoid, and leaves you mourning the loss as the story comes to an end.
The minute I finished reading The Pebble Jar, I handed it over to my young daughter and insisted she read it, because that is honestly how good it is. And that is the biggest compliment I could give.
So in Abbi's last year of school, things change for her. The people she could undoubtedly count on are no longer constant anchors in her life. Elliot has his eye on another girl who is the exact opposite of Abbi in every way that he hardly ever notices her anymore. And Nonna has health issues requiring extra care. Abbi's life is turned upside down and she doesn't know who to turn to. In the beginning of the story, it was so happy and jovial and later turns rather emotional with the isolation that Abbi is feeling. At first, I found Abbi to be somewhat immature, but she grows up quick in the story because Abbi is loyal and when she cares about someone, she gives them her whole heart and devotes all of herself to that person even though on the outside, she keeps everyone at arm's length to avoid attachments that could lead to abandonment. I definitely had a wide range of sentiments coursing through me on Abbi's behalf as she grew up from a girl into a young woman and loved the meaning behind the pebble jar.
The main characters are complex and interesting. Strangely, I felt as though I was transported back to the awkward in-between feeling of my teenage years, not quite a child and yet not an adult either. The MCs aren't perfect and have to navigate the complicated crossroads of puberty, filled with imperfect parents, less than stellar significant others, tests, and other problems that life throws at them. The characters have just the right balance of playfulness, moodiness, and maturity.
The book's ending hints that there may be more to follow. I hope so. I would like to visit these characters again, as they continue to grow up and experience more of what life has to offer.
A sweet read that propelled me back in time to my teen years- not as a wistful dream, but as they were- fragile, complicated, heartbreaking, and full of dreams.
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