- File Size: 3882 KB
- Print Length: 89 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M7HOZUU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Worth the Effort: Ayden's Story (Love's an Effort Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Ayden himself has got to be one of my all-time favorite characters. He's so...real. He has issues and insecurities and deals with them in such a real way that makes you think that he could just walk off the pages of the book (I wish! He sounds so handsome!). I really love how this story tackles harder issues of life, even in a numbered of pages. The reader goes through so many emotions with Ayden that you can't help but feel for him the entire time.
Also, having Ella along with him is also awesome since I loved her character in Worth the Effort: Ella's Story. I guess what I'm trying to say overall is I literally cannot say enough good things about this series, its characters, and Kai Strand's writing styles and plots. I look forward to seeing a lot more good things from her!
(I also LOVE this cover! It's so dark and brooding and really fits the mood of Ayden and the story he tells)
In WORTH THE EFFORT: AYDEN’S STORY, the second book in Author Kai Strand’s WORTH THE EFFORT series, Ayden Worth, that we met in ELLA’S STORY, is living on the street and contemplating suicide when he sees Ella Jones, the girl he’s loved since elementary school, but who did not know he existed. When she spots him early one morning in the alley behind the restaurant where she works, her kindness touches him and he falls for the girl even more. But should he tell her the truth about whom he really is and why he’s living in alleys? Will she understand when he doesn’t understand himself?
Kai Strand has written a story about searching for hope in life, for being comfortable with who we are. Can Ayden, with Ella’s encouragement and love, find peace? Or will he continue to hide from his real life? Ayden’s Story would make a nice addition to high school libraries perhaps for encouragement to teens that face their own challenges and need a bit of help making decisions.
I came to Kai Strand's WORTH THE EFFORT: AYDEN'S STORY having already read Ella's story. I love how it was an enhancement of Ella's story rather than simply a retelling of it from Ayden's point of view. I think I liked it even more than Ella's story (no offense to her!). Ayden's struggles, which easily could have come across as rich boy complaining, feel so real and really show how homelessness and mental illness crosses all socioeconomic boundaries. More compelling than any message that came across, though, was Ayden himself. He's a great contradiction of courage and self-consciousness and totally enduring. I can see why Ella fell for him!
At first, I was weary of reading this once since it's the same story as Ella's but told from Ayden's point of view. It didn't feel that way whenever I read Ayden's story, though. There is so much substance that you really get swept away and forget that it's a retelling. Again, I cannot recommend these two books by Kai Strand enough. They are deeply emotional, engaging, and wonderful.
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
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