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Progress by [Silver, Amalie]
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"This book is going to change lives." -For the Love of Books and Alcohol

"The emotions and feelings that the author will pull out of you will astound you." -Wicked Women Book Blog

"This is a look at how people are in the real world. We are a jumble of insecurities, neurotic tendencies, and shattered minds."
-Back Off My Books

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"My emotions are all over the place while reading Progress by Amy Queau. The story was well written, the characters were well developed, and the sexual tension between Charlie and Jesse was MASSIVE!" -Jessica's Book Review

"Never have I read a book where mental illness was so well told. And never have I read a story about 2 people who were practically broken and yet tried to stick together in the most best way ever! Devastating, but still fantastic!" -Divas BookBlog

"I loved that Charlie was broken and damaged but she had spunk. She had a backbone. Jesse may not have treated her great but she didn't just lie down and take it. She fought back. It made me root for her...Overall conclusion to the Progress Series......when is book 3 coming out?? I need it like yesterday." -Keepin' It Real BB

Product Details

  • File Size: 1804 KB
  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519316518
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019KLRNN6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My emotions are all over the place while reading Progress by Amy Queau. The story was well written, the characters were well developed, and the sexual tension between Charlie and Jesse was MASSIVE! I kept waiting for the two to get it together already! Progress is a very unique and different type of romance novel. I don't think I have ever read anything quite like this before, it was refreshing to read about a well developed friendship for a change.

In Progress you will meet two characters battling personal problems affecting their adult life and being able to have a healthy relationship. Charlie is a 23 year-old girl with very low self-esteem. Growing up on the heavy side Charlie was made fun of by the boys in her school causing her to feel useless and ugly. She doesn't trust men and always doubts herself not letting anyone getting close to her, which is why she is a 23 year and still a virgin who has never even been on a date before. Then there is 26 year-old Jesse who suffers from bi-polar disorder causing mood swings and anger issues. He also comes from a dysfunctional upbringing and was raised in foster care. When the two meet it is only disastrous, as they are completely wrong for each other but also exactly what they need for each other. As both try to better themselves emotionally and physically their feelings for one another only grow until it finally explodes...

I was not expecting Progress to be such an emotional roller coaster of a book. I was everywhere on my opinions and emotions for Charlie and Jesse as a couple. At first I thought he was just a "man ho" with a rough shell that Charlie could break and they could have a wonderful love affair. Then I got to know Jesse and all of his issues... I wasn't sure if I wanted Charlie with him at all.
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First off, I just would like to say thank you. Thank you so much. As a young woman who is a size 22 and trying to hard to not feel hideous and less of a person this book touched me. Thank you for Charlie. I can't tell you how amazing it feels to finally read about a woman who isn't skinny or "curvy." You wrote about a plus sized woman and I felt so connected for the first time. It's like you wrote this while in my heart and mind. I can identify with her and I have felt everything she feels. I cried so much with her words because I feel so much of that. I can thank you enough for writing about someone real.
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Oh, wow. What a powerful, heart-wrenching story. A story of two broken souls full of self-loathing on their painful journey to self-discovery and self-respect.
I ended up reading this book basically in one swoop.

Charlie's been overweight since she was a child. Two decades of verbal and emotional abuse have left her an insecure mess without an ounce of self-worth. When she meets Jesse, she immediately feels an odd pull towards him.
Jesse suffers from bipolar disorder, resulting in severe mood swings and terrible depressions. He lost his faith in humanity and love a long time ago, but finds hope in the form of shy, kind-hearted Charlie.
In the course of a year, Charlie and Jesse develop the most dysfunctional and unhealthy friendship, while simultaneously finding solace in each other.

There were times when I despised both Jesse and Charlie.
Jesse for more obvious reasons – he was a prick. He used his condition as an excuse to be a cruel SOB and insult and degrade Charlie who was nothing but kind to and supportive of him. He had no filter and didn't know or didn't care when it was time to shut the hell up. He wasn't good for Charlie. Not good for her and not good enough for her. It was hard to like him. But although he was toxic, he managed to unleash the will in Charlie to be more. More than the broken, bullied girl she used to be.
I despised Charlie because she was far too forgiving. I can't count the times the little voice in my head would scream „Walk away already! You're better than this!“ or „Please don't go to him, he doesn't deserve you!“. It was frustrating.
But then, there were times when I just got so overwhelmed with emotions. I wanted, no, I needed them to be together. To have the HEA those two damaged people deserved so much.
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My Favorite Lines:

"She really didn't have much to lose, unless he wanted to take her virginity. Which, at this point, she would have given to a passerby."

"I'm tired, Jess. Tired of how much effort it takes to be friends with you. Tired of how much it takes to want you. I'm sick of the torture of your highs and lows. You make me feel so inadequate one second, and then you treat me like I'm the only woman in the world the next. You are so wonderful and so horrible at the same time -"

"You've taught me so many things, Jess. You've showed me what relationships should and shouldn't be. You've taught me that no matter how ugliness is shunned and ridiculed, that I should never again feel inferior to anyone. You've shown me just what I want in someone, and a few things I don't."

"Love isn't supposed to be where you go just because you have no place left to run."

What I Thought:

I want to start off by saying that this is the first time in a long time I've strayed outside the lines of Young Adult Fiction, and I'm glad I did.

Characterization is everything to me. It doesn't matter how great a storyline is, if the characters are uninteresting or have no effect on me, I lose interest. This story had both, but more than anything, it had Charlie.

I started off the book liking her. She's about a year older than me, and although our situations are different, I saw a lot of myself and people I know in her. She was very real. By the end of the book, I adored her. She became such a strong, amazing person, and if you read this book you'll see that most of my favorite lines come from the end, because she just got that amazing.

I didn't like Jesse.
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