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- Print Length: 210 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1516905520
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B012HNXS1K
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Worthy of Love? Kindle Edition
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Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, "Exit West" tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time. See more
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It starts out with Lori, who has a secret that leaves her believing that she is unworthy of love, hence the title. Due to said secret and the suicide of her father, which is partly due to this secret, her mother moves her and her brother across the country to Colorado. Here, she believes she can have a fresh start, supported by her best friend Elias. It's the summer before her senior year of high school and she meets perfect Parker. They go out a few times and it turns into love. Then, another secret pops up that tears them apart. Can their love endure? It is a romance novel, so you guess.
It was refreshing to have a male character who is not an alpha male beating on his chest and throwing the willing maiden over his shoulder. I enjoyed how he was respectful and when they first meet it's appropriately uncomfortable, yet intriguing. Most relationships that begin between strangers have that awkward, self-conscious period in the beginning. Most romance novels now skip right over that, because everybody is beautiful, sure, and cocky. Not here; it was far more realistic.
An important part of the story is the abuse she suffered when she was fourteen. It was mentioned right away, so it's not one of the big, bad secrets. As the memories briefly appeared, they were predictable and read like many other books that lack detail. Still, they were hard to read. It's never easy to read about an innocent teen suffering in such a manner. Surprisingly, since it was a catalyst for the story, it didn't actually get that much attention. I feel it would have had more impact if there was more to it. In all, it probably saw about twenty pages out of three-hundred.
The secret of Parker was painfully obvious from the moment she met him. I liked him, though; he was a generally sweet guy who winked a little too much and called her 'honey', which made him sound older than he was, but he was still nice. Sadly, his jealousy got old very quickly. Since I had been well prepared for the "surprise", I was disappointed that he handled it just like a teenager. He was twenty-five, but acted sixteen, but she was eighteen going on sixteen, so they were a perfect match.
Her big, dark secret was also something else that was extremely predictable. In my opinion, it was a disappointment. I had expected something horrific, like she killed her molester, or she had cancer, anything that was truly life-shattering. She continually stated that it made her unlovable, and I can see how it would be a huge life adjustment, but it was hardly something that should hold her back. If someone can't love her for this small detail, they are the ones who are unworthy of love.
I read the print version, so I do not know what the digital version looks like. This one was obviously translated. From what language, I do not know. There were many typos and sentences that did not flow correctly. The spacing was off and there were times I thought that maybe it was the start of a new scene, only to find that there were extra spaces added that meant nothing. Then, there were many instances where there was one extra space, but it actually was a new scene. It was confusing, and overall, I had to constantly look back a paragraph to figure out what was happening.
It's not all bad. For a teenager, it could be a dream come true fairy tale. For an adult, it could be an annoyance or it could be a sweet, yet shallow love story. It all depends on the reader. This author has more than one book and they each have raving reviews, so it is up to you to decide. I feel that the author tried to make a good story, but the build-up was an utter disappointment. Everything was predictable, including the ending. Would I read it again? No. Will I read anything else by this author? It's doubtful, especially since this was supposed to be an adult book, but clearly wasn't.
Now, for the rating:
Genre and general reading age - It's a romance and supposedly for adults, but it read just like YA fiction.
Level of sexuality - She thought about it a lot. There were a few scenes that contained magic fingers or tongue, and arousal on both sides, but they were extremely minor and the dirty deed was described as "worshipping each others' bodies all night long". The wee bit included was anything but enticing.
Was there graphic language? I think once, maybe twice.
Did I cry? I admit to shedding one tear of relief.
Did I laugh? I didn't, but there were moments that I believe were meant to be funny.
Is this part of a series? No.
Level of character development - I found it a bit poor, but not to the point where I threw it against the wall. It was first person Lori and I found her a bit lacking, Parker was very one-sided, and the only character I actually appreciated was her loyal, goofy best friend Elias.
I really wish I could give this more stars, but I felt misled. I picked it up partly because of the beautiful cover and partly because the blurb made it sound mysterious. Unfortunately, there was no mystery and it was just another predictable teenage drama. If I was still in high school, I would probably give it more stars, but as a grown woman, I have to give it ⭐️⭐️ stars. I think the author put forth a good amount of effort, but it was not what I had expected and it didn't have the deep, dark, painful secrets that it alluded to. While it was definitely not for me, I suggest you find out for yourself.
Lori went through a horrible situation when she was only 14 that affected her health and forever changed her family. With her adolescences stolen from her, she most learn to trust again and move on. Her family relocates to Denver, where she attends a speed dating event with her best friend and meets Parker. The two are immediately attracted to each other. Only Lori's life is not done throwing her curve balls. She and Parker cannot be together, and it is really hard for her and Parker to come to terms with this.
This was a cute book about first loves, growing up and overcoming tragedy. The story line switches back and forth between present Lori, age 18 and younger Lori age 14, to explain her past. It was well written and flowed smoothly. The side characters didn't have major roles, except Elias -who is my favorite character, his personality made the book.
The author did an excellent job with her characters. While she put Lori through so much tragedy at such a young age, she didn't over do it, made it is seem real and it made an excellent story.
This is a beautifully written story about a young woman who has had a rough life so far. She wonders will life ever get any better when life takes a turn for the unexpected and walks in the man of her dreams.
Lori is in her last year of high school; Her mother, and younger brother and her have moved to a new town to get away from the past and start anew to help Lori with giving her a new start. The book goes back and forth showing Lori when she was younger in time when things were good and right when things started going bad in her life to current place in the book. Lori has such bad feelings about herself-she thinks she is unlovable and undeserving of happiness and love i.e having a boyfriend, being in a relationship , being loved by her family, just even having friends.
Lori’s life changes when she meets Parker on her way to a speed dating event when he stops to help her change her tire after it blows and she thinks that was the last time she will ever see him but, no, she runs into him again later that night at the speed dating event and they hit it off. In Lori’s world, this is big news because she has never really wanted to let a guy into her world and get close to her and Parker is someone she feels comfortable with and feels at ease with. With Lori, this is cause to celebrate for she doesn’t ever get like this and for her to want to have feelings, it is a good thing.
Parker is a good guy and he too felt something very strong for Lori. There relationship was wonderful and everyone was going along great until he suddenly-BOOM the unthinkable happened- Lori and Parker were no more. Their relationship could no longer be because of his job-Lori kept secrets which was her age (18) and that she was in HS and those secrets impacted their relationship. It would have helped if Parker had mentioned what he did for a living too but because of secrets, that hurt their relationship. I had to keep a box of tissues by me as I read this book. Watching as their relationship imploded hurt because Lori was so heartbroken and Parker was like a man with a dozen root canals done-he was unbearable to be around-super grumpy and nasty at times to Lori. It was sad to see how they wanted to be together but couldn’t. The secondary cast of characters were good, especially Elias, Lori’s best friend. The humor in this book was wonderful and kept us, the reader in good spirits when there was sadness and at times we thought the MC wouldn’t make it. In the end, Parker wised up and realized what he had was worth fighting for and went for Lori with all that he had. Lori realized she needed to let Parker in, and let him in on her secrets , her pain, her everything. They embraced each other’s’ past and present and it was beautiful.
I was so glad to see the journey the MC took because it was beautiful journey. I enjoyed reading this story, even the not so pretty parts; I cried and laughed and just devoured this book. I was sad when it ended but the wonderful epilogue was fantastic. Parker and Lori made a perfect couple and their story was great. This story does feature a teacher/student relationship BUT it was not written in a nasty way. It was beautifully written and the author made this story very real and handled the topic in a sensitive way.
My rating: 4.8 stars *****
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