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The Remaking of Corbin Wale Paperback – November 15, 2017
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I picked up this book entirely on the recommendation of several readers that I respect their reading tastes. I'm so glad I did. This story is so...gah, anything I say won't do it justice. Just know that Corbin Wale is unlike any character I've ever read, but that gave him a magical, romantic quality that I adored. He made this book. He sees the world on a totally different level than most people and that's an incredible gift, especially for those around him who listen to him. And that's the gift that Alex receives...getting to see the world through Corbin's eyes.
And I know that's all incredibly vague and maybe even slightly off-putting, so let me see if I can do a better job describing this book...
To most the world, Corbin Wale is odd, weird, maybe a little "off". He wasn't raised normally so he doesn't act as most people would expect. He says things that most people can't even interpret, but that's because he sees the world differently than most. I think he probably has a bit of psychic to him, but I think overall he's just incredibly intuitive. To complicate that, he spends the majority of his time alone and has been pretty traumatized by his life...everyone around him died when he was very young. That's a lot for a young mind to deal with.
But if anyone takes the time to listen to Corbin, what he has to say is really astute.
Alex is the first person to really listen and I think understand Corbin, although he's had people in his life who have been kind (although he's had just as many or more treat him cruelly, which is heartbreaking).
Alex has come home after a hard breakup and ends up reinventing his mother's coffee shop into a bakery. The bakery turns out to fulfill his dream, but Corbin is the icing on the cake that he never expected. At first, Alex sees Corbin as someone a bit weird, but he's drawn to the strange man and begins to really talk to him. And then he uncovers the beauty that is Corbin.
I loved this story so much. This book was a book that I read just for me over the holiday break and I'm so glad I did. I fell in love with Corbin and fell in love with Alex just for seeing the magic within Corbin, too. It's a beautiful story about love and life and I thoroughly LOVED reading it. Merry Christmas to me!
I'm not sure I can articulate how much I loved this story in actual words that aren't "GO BUY THIS BOOK NOW! YOU CAN THANK ME LATER!" repeated over and over again. This book is weird and magical and adorable. It's what I've always imagined a romance novel that was written by Maggie Stiefvater would be like but also not. It's sweet, quirky, and a bit strange in parts and I fell in love with Roan Parrish's writing style from the first. It's a perfect read for the holiday season!
Alex Barrow has hit a rough spot in his life. He's returned to his hometown after being dumped and losing his job in a 48 hour period. Alex isn't moping about his bad luck though. He takes over his parents' coffee shop and turns it into his own bakery. He thinks things can't get any better until one of his parents' regulars pops in and he literally loses his breath over the man.
Corbin Wale is a little weird. Everyone treats him like he's a freak because he tends to lose himself inside his own head sometimes. Corbin has lead such a solitary life up till the start of this book and it broke my heart. He's believed that he'll always be alone and he's okay with that until he meets Alex.
There was so much about this story that just burrowed deep in my being and stayed there. While the story really didn't strike me as paranormal or fantasy, it had a magical and otherworldly feel to it. The way Corbin sees the world is unique and I am in awe of him. But no one, until Alex, saw Corbin at all. Not really.
Alex and Corbin are absolutely adorable. The characters in this book have a magical air to them. The romance is sweet and slow burning and if you're anything like me you'll be yelling at them to kiss already not even half way through the book. I loved their interactions and how respectful and kind Alex is to Corbin. I shipped them from their first meeting.
I think that the story is open for a sequel. Okay. I'm just really hoping for one and that it'll be about Alex's best friend, Gareth. I just want to know more about him and about what happened on his camping trip. Especially since his interactions with a certain character after the fact are a bit shifty. I'll be honest, I ship it already. I just really want Gareth to find his own happy ending, okay? Also, I need more Gareth and Corbin interactions in my life.
Overall, this book was absolutely delightful! It was sweet and cute and I couldn’t put it down once I started it. It definitely made a spot for itself on my best books of 2017 list! I'll warn you now though. Do not read this book on an empty stomach! The descriptions of food will make you want to eat every baked good you have in your house and then some. I have the biggest craving for challah right now and nowhere to buy any where I live now.
*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.