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Guess who just got her copy of “Flat Out Celeste” as an ARC Copy??? This Girl!! Cannot wait doesn’t even contain the proper excitement!

If you have read my blog for any time at all, you will know that Jessica Park is one of my “all time” favorite authors. Her writing style is real and funny in a way I have not seen in a long time. And her romance will rip you apart while putting you back together for an ending you thought may never come – it’s just hard to explain but after “Flat Out Love” I was just hooked! “Left Drowning” just stole another piece of my heart wiht that story and here we are today when I JUST received via email my ARC copy of this most awesome stupendous book that I cannot wait to devote an entire day to reading this weekend!! So thank you Jessica Park!! Thank you to your publishing house – I knwo I’m not a more well known blog but i have tried to show my support for you from day one and I believe in you and your story -= and I cannot wait for Celeste to be brought to life!!!!

 

Sorry I knwo thisis a random late night post, but had to put this out there – YIPEE! My ARC is here!! If you don’t know who Jessica Park is- well you have a problem them and better rectify that immediately – email me if you need help in this matter – and I am more than willing to help you start reading some of the best writing you may ever read…. Humor, Funny, Sadness, Serious situations, drama, all the while making larger than life points and making the reader thing outside of them selves – oh and I can’t forget the STEAM! So read the rest so you’ll be ready for this too and keep you eye peeled for my review to come soon!!!

 

Happy Reading Guys!!

Kell

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Happy One Year Anniversary to ME!

I cannot believe it’s been ONE YEAR GUYS!!!

I have been off the grid for awhile but I just want to thank everyone who has supported and stayed with me through my fails and my hits… I hope you will continue on to grow with me.

In my first year I had a “to do” list of sorts and I thought it might be cool to share that now and see how I fared:

1. Reach 100 followers on my blog – BIG YES to this – thank you to everyone who follows my flog!

2. Get a Twitter Account and get 200 followers there (I thought this might be tough) – but happy to report I MADE IT! Thanks guys!!

3. Befriend one amazing author and help support their work. WOW Yes, I have so many people to thank here – Jessica Park, Emma Chase, Katie McGarry, Colleen Hoover, Lauren Oliver, and so many more! I have met via online more authors than I could ever dream – the authors I dream about taking time to talk to me on FB or Twitter has meant more than anything else, it’s why I wanted to become a blogger to support these wonderful people!

4. To get a chance to read books “before” they hit the market – so sue me, I wanted to be part of the cool kids club. and YES i have to say I don’t get every book I ask for, but I do get a good part, nothing to complain over for sure! I still buy my fare share, so Amazon never has to worry about losing me as a customer….

5. To get to know what Indie writing is all about. WOW have I really learned about this this year – some of my best reads for 2013-2014 have been the indies that were self pubslished and still stole my heart. I try to promote these as often as i can – these books and characters deserve as much love as the largest authors and stories out on the market. The indie writers have touched my heart, but more than that they have made me feel like maybe i have  a place in this world outside of blogging….

6. To evaluate my own life and what part reading plays into it. Well, like all things “me” i dove in head first and over did it. Then I had to put the breaks on, now I’m trying to work some balance into the picture – so we shall see how this goes. I still read a TON but I’m trying to be more selective of what I review and only review things I feel like I really want my readers to read and/or at least know about. No worries about my reading habits here though, I still read pretty much anything I can get my hands on…..haha…

7. To Become friends with other bloggers I can share my love of books with: Now to this I would say YES in some ways and NO in others. When I first came along I spent the time to troll other blogs and communicate. I was honestly hoping I would find a book BFF somewhere in the internet land.. No one I know shares my true love of books and especially the genres I love so much – so while I have been active on forums I haven’t found my “click” yet. The cloest thing I have to a blog I follow and would love to be a part of is the Aestas Blog – I follow them religiously and they seem like cool chicks – maybe one day I can be part of that, maybe not – for now i’m happy sharing thoughts and seeing their thoughts about my favorite subject.

8. Did I say 10 really?? Hmmm… #8 to really start looking outside of the YA genre. When I started thsi that was my main focus. If you read my blog at all, you will know that I have OVERLY achieved this. I have fallen in love with this new genre… New Adult (Iknow everyone has mixed feelings here) and I also love the adult world to a point (AKA Sylvia Day, Alice Clayton, E.L. James, and of course Emma Chase). I have been introduced to so many new authors and for that i’m thankful everyday! So keep it coming in this aspect!

9. I want to attend a BEA Conference. This is one of my biggest wishes – and I don’t know that it can happen this year…. but I want it to happen soon. All my dreams would come true here, to be part of the real blogging community and to meet some of my favorite authors – nothing would be better! It would be like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one – are any of you guys going this year???

10. Last, but certainly, not least I would like to meet Stephanie Meyer. Without “Twilight” I don’t know that I would have gotten back into reading on this scale and fallen in love with this genre leading to my blog/etc. Meeting her would be…amazing.

11. I have to add one last one, I want to have a blurb – Yes a blurb on the back cover of a book or in a description of a book on amazo – i’m not picky, i’ll take what I can get but to see my writing helping show off soemone else’s would be amazing!

All Right guys that’s about it. I can tell you about one cool thing I did this year and why it was a “bookish” cool thing..

I was in NYC last month for Toy Fair (yes for my real job) and I had a minute, and i picked to site see the NYC Public Library – specifically the Rose Reading Room. Have you been? If not you are missing out big time! For readers, it’s like…heaven. THe smell of books, the quiet, the smell…ahhh I could have spent all day there. Most importantly i was picturing a scene from one of my favorite books there – If you have read “Beautiful Stranger” in the “Beautiful Bastard” series you know what I mean – and that scene is HOT. So, I flushed, sniffed the great smell, sat in a chair in the famous reading room and bid it a fond farewell – believe me I’ll be back. It was then I realized just how much books had become a part of my life. Here I was picking this of anywhere to sight see – and it was the best place i’ve been there in a long while. Just to enjoy the quiet for a few moments, to know all the words contained in all those books I can’t wait to read. The whole expanse of knowledge and stories I have yet to find… It’s humbling and amazing all at the same time.

So happy blog anniversary to me! And to you – thank you ALL for sticking around and making it worth my while!

Happy Thursday Everyone!

Your fellow Blogger –

Kell

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Like to see as a Movie or TV Show

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This week’s topic is……

Top Ten Books We’d Love To See As A Movie Or TV Show

Now, I feel like we did something like this before, but that was a list of things already out that we loved as adaptations, so this wish list is awesome! These books are ones I can remember reading and thinking…WOW this would be so amazing on a big screen or even as a TV show – so here we go and I hope you enjoy:

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)My #1 is “Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins

I really love the romance in this book, and the characters – they are all colorful and full of..quirk. I think it would make an amazing movie, and you would also get to see more of Anne and St. Claire which can never be a bad thing, right? Considering – I would totally want a movie about them too (don’t be surprised to see that below).

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1)My #2 is “Flat Out Love” by Jessica Park

This book truly owns a piece of my heart – Matt & Julie.. What can I say? The book is so real with so much emotion, I could totally picture it as a movie in my head the whole time, so if this came to film – not only would I be at the midnight showing, but I might see it every day after for a week — my only request is that I can choose Matt!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) #3 is “Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1) My #4 is “Wait For You” by J. Lynn

Awaken (Awaken, #1) My #5 is “Awaken” By Katie Kacvinsky

This is a dystropian book, but not one that has been well publicized – although one of my absolute favorites. It’s also something I can see as being much more realistic compared to some of the others out there – the basis of this that changes society is school violence even now we are seeing. I also just really enjoyed the writing and the story. There is a second novel already, which was amazing – would love to see this go somewhere – Movie, or maybe even TV.

Louder Than Love My #6 Choice is “Louder Than Love” by Jessica Topper

I just read this, so it is fresh on my mind, but even while I was reading it, again, I thought – WOW this would be such a great movie! Totally romantic with a hot edge, and not so hot it would need to be NC-17 or anything. So i’m tossing in something different here with an “adult” movie based book. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out – it will be out on shevles September 17th and I highly reccommend it! It’s hot and romantic and will draw you in from the first page. Would be amazing on the big screen if cast correctly (just in case anyone is wondering – I’d be totally available for this job!)

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)Where She Went (If I Stay, #2) My # 7 (choice) is “If I Stay” and “Where She Went” by Gayle Forman

This is “technically” two books, but one story and I would think that a movie would have to encapsulate both to be amazing – so I feel secure in having it as one choice for a movie – because it would be just one movie. These books combined would be an amazing story! I think it would allow enough of the grief and sadness in without that taking over and then show where the next book starts – and go from there. Just thinking of these books now – I can see it in my head – It would be amazing!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) My #8 is “Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi

Delirium (Delirium, #1) My # 9 is “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver

This is another series I adore! Adore, adore, and love! In case you were wondering, I’m Team Alex – all the way! I think a movie would also give a great chance to show a different side to the ending of the 3rd book. Oliver gave enough action through these pages to easily fill 3 movies, and I know the fans would stand behind her on this – just something else to add to my wish list!

How to Love My last and #10 Choice is “How to Love” by Katie Cotugno

When I was thinking about this topic yesterday, this came flashing to my  mind. I really loved the story and the reality of the situation the characters were facing. I loved that they were all flawed and real, and there was no fairytale ending, just happiness that they created – and the love they learned to have. Also, another story I could totally see on a movie screen while I read, there is enough there to support a full movie and not have any dull moments – that is for sure. And enough emotion and drama to make it great – Highly reccommend reading it, just in case you know.. Maybe this will happen?

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Well there you have it guys – My Top Ten choices for things I’d love to see on the big screen or on TV. I’m ready to hear yours and see what you thought of – so share your link with me or just chime in with a response of something you’re thinking if you don’t have a blog – love hearing from you!

I do have some honorable mentions though – books I think would be great but are either too complicated or I’m just now how sure it would work…

Honorable Mentions:

“Slammed” series by Colleen Hoover

I love this series, but just not sure how it could translate to the big screen and if one movie could cover it all – plus this is a book I’d love to see more of, but something I really enjoyed just living in my own head

“Anna and the French Kiss”

Now – don’t get me wrong at all – I LOVE this book and love the characters, but when it came time to choose, I wanted to pick one and for whatever reason – “Lole and the Boy Next Door” is my absolute favorite, so I had to make the call. If this did come to movie, I’d be there in a second – it just would have pushed my list over 10 –

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Well there now you really have it – My completed list

Share your thoughts and keep reading!

Happy Reading and Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Required Reading Books for Hopeless Romantics!

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Happy Tuesday – This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is based around required reading material – I saw some others putting their own spin on it, so here’s mine —

Top Ten Required Books for Hopless Romantics

The Notebook“The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks

*This book is class romance at it’s best – one of my favorite books of all times and is always an awesome read – or awesome to watch the movie. Even my husband likes this one (even though he may never admit it) and puts up with me watching it over and over again – so this is a definite #1 choice~

Twilight (Twilight, #1)“Twilight” By Stephanie Meyer

*Team Edward – need i say more? There are more swoon worthy moments in this series than I even care to count — they even wait until their wedding to “consumate” the marriage — Edward and Bella are just… Swoonworthy! And who else fights more for their love?? Awww..the sweetness of it all!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)“Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi

*I love this story – Aria and Perry are so sweet and I love that they are both on the same page, fighting together for what they want. Perry is so protective and I really like that they started out not liking each other at all, but grew to “swoon here” love each other! Great series for those of the hopeless romantic type!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)“Delirium” by Lauren Oliver

*I am 100% Team Alex and in the end when he sacrifices himself for Lena – WOW – what could be mroe romantic? I was thinking about that for days after the end of this story…

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)“Wait for You” by J. Lynn

* My only question to myself is why did I WAIT so long to read this book?? Sawyer is hot and swoonworthy on a serious level! The care and concern he shows Avery from day one is…sweet in an unimaginable way.. Loved this book!

Rule (Marked Men, #1)“Rule” by Jay Crownover

*Ok so this isn’t the typical romance, but it shows how love can even break down the tattoed bad boy, and I like that – the characters are great and the storyline is different. A must read for those who love the bad boy and the sweet love story!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)“Beautiful Disaster” By Jamie McGuire

*Ok Travis is HOT and SWOONWORTHY in a big way. Abby and Travis together are so sweet. This is one of my go-to re-reads when I need a pick me up, or need a good “feel good” read. One of my favorite books of all time, anyone who claims they are a romantic, MUST READ!

Slammed (Slammed, #1)“Slammed” series by Colleen Hoover

*I’m cheating a tad bit here because I need all 3 books for this series to be “hopeless romantic territory” – you can’t leave out part of the story, but all the poetry and things that Lake and Will overcome, amazing and the words they write to each other are… So sweet! Must read!

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)“Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins

*I love this book because it’s a real tale of first loves and things not being perfect, plus Stephanie Perkins is an amazing writer! Cricket and Lola = Love!

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1)“Flat Out Love” by Jessica Park

* This book is one of my all time favorites – a must read for romantics in the hopeless variety! It’s quirky, fun, and a great read. It has real moments that are tear jerking and then those that make you want to swoon big time! It also has humor – which is a huge plus in some of the situations they face in the story. Matt and Julie and Finn – one of my favorite love triangles in a totally dysfunctional way.

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Well Folks, that’s it for me today – Happy Tuesday!

Let me hear what you think? Did I miss something? Have you read these and what did you think? What is your Top Ten Tuesday list? If you don’t have a blog, just comment below —

Happy Reading!

Kelley

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – My Favorite Secondary Characters

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This Week’s Top Ten Tuesday’s Topic is My Top Ten Favorite Secondary Characters —

Hey Everyone! I’ve missed my Top Ten Tuesdays and I’m back – so check out my favorite book secondary characters and share what you think too – if you have a blog, share your link, and if not – please just share in the comment space – I think it’s awesome to share some spot light on the characters we so often tend to pass by!! So here we go!

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)#1 — Love “The Hunger Games” By Suzanne Collins – and I LOVE Cinna and Haymitch. I couln’t pick just one here – they both place such important part’s in Katniss’s life during this awful time. I also love they chose L Kravitz and Woody Harrelson to play them in the movie – great choice!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) #2 – Roar from “Under the Never Sky” series by Veronica Rossi. I love Roar for his dedication and his friendship and his general awesomeness – seeing his story with Liv killed me but I hope better things are to come for this awesome guy!

Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2) #3 — I just devoured this series – “Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover and am a huge fan of Will and Lake – but their story may have ended too early without the help of the amazing young people in their lives – First Kiersten – so smart and wise for her young age and played a curcial role in that big Slam moment and then Caulder and Kel – The book would not have been the same without them. An honorable mention to Eddie and Gavin too – but the little ones really stole my heart!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) #4 — “Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire. One of my favorite stories ever – and like the above I cannot go without mentioning 2 characters here, they are equally important and the story would not have been the same without them – America and Shep and I loved their love almost as much as Travis and Abby’s love. Great characters!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) #5 — “The Mortal Instrument” Series by Cassandra Claire – while thinking about secondary characters I could not leave Simon or Magnus withiout mention – Simon in particular — He was so loyal to Clary right to the point he got himself into an unimaginable situation — You could not ask for a better friend.

Twilight (Twilight, #1) #6 — “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer. For this all I have to say is Alice – I love her pixie like character who was Bella’s friend from the first moment she came into the picture – literally. She planned the wedding and was so integral to the story in more ways than one..

Rule (Marked Men, #1) #7 — “Rule” by Jay Crownover: I love this story – the rough and tough guy being brought to his knees by love. The story would not have happened without some amazing back up characters – Ayden for Shaw (who gets her own story in the next book with Jet) and Nash/Rome for Rule. I also love Cora who comes to play a bigger role in the next book. A lot of great supporting characters here —

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1) #8 – “Flat Out Love” by Jessica Park: This is another favorite re-reader story and my first thought as a secondary character was Celeste – and yes she is crucial, but I think the true supporting character here is Finn who made it all happen — if you read the story you know what I mean, and he absolutely holds a special place in my heart – Read it if you have not and if you have – You know how important Finn was to this story… He was Flat out necessary to this story!

Left Drowning #9 – “Left Drowning” by Jessica Park: I know another Jessica Park – but seriously — she is amazing, I have an author cursh on her right now (which is not at all creepy!). This story is all about family and dynamics atop the hot romance, and one character that literally stole my heart from the first sentence out of his mouth was Sabin. Love some Sabin!

Safe Haven #10 – “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks: This book is great and I always think of Jo or Carly. Sparks always has some great surprises and I love the way this character comes in and brings the two main characters together – the fact that, well I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say I was blind until the end and revelation of who Jo was. Amazing story and I highly reccommend it –

Well that’s all Folks!

I did want to give one honorable mention to Jason Stackhouse from “True Blood” By Charlaine Harris – I just love him…

Anyway – really that’s all for me – tell me what you think – comment away, what are your favorite secondary characters? I love to remember things I might not think of now and hear what other people have to say — So spill it! Or leave a link to yours!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Kelley

 

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Neurotic Booky “Quirks”

I don’t know if you all have “weird” booky habits, but I do.. It all started with “Twilight” back in… well when it came out and I thought maybe it was something that was derrived from my pure love of the story – i could read it over and over (literally) without interruption.. Don’t judge..I know it’s kind of weird – I’m admitting it…

But I was wrong, it’s not just “Twilight” that brings this weird… neurosis out – so this past week while I was sick, I kind of went into a memory lane of my favorite books over the past few months — I have re-read all of the following – or at least my favorite parts in the past week. I know it may sound strange, but I swear it’s somewhat soothing.. Anyway – here’s my list of “binge” reading right now — Have you guys re-read these? What do you think??

Left Drowning“Left Drowning” By Jessica Park

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1)“Flat Out Love” Jessica Park

Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love, #1.5)“Flat Out Matt” by Jessica Park

*Yes, I can admit – I’m a huge Jessica Park fan – these 3 books are absolute re-read material and always make me laugh and cry all at the same time – if you  have not read these yet, do it NOW! She is amazing!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)“Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)“Walking Disaster” by Jamie McGuire

*Again – yes.. I LOVE Jamie McGuire — this series is a re-read again and again.,. amazing! Travis – oh Travis.. Do any of you share this hot book boyfriend with me?

So there you have it – a total book confession…

Confess with me, it’s fun! Come on… It’s not like you will see us at the Mall tomorrow – here in book blog world, reading is cool right?? And who doesn’t love a book boyfriend..especially a hot, tattooed one.. Yum!

All right guys, before I embarass myself further – I’ll stop here.

TGIF!

Happy Reading–

Kelley

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ARC Review of “Left Drowning” by Jessica Park

So I was super exicted to read this –  I hope you all enjoy my review and most importantly – READ this wonderful book!

Title: “Left Drowning”

Author: Jessica Park

Published by: Amazon Children’s Publishing

Publish Date: July 16, 2013

Left Drowning

Overview of Story Thanks to GoodReads:

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?
Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

My Thoughts:

If you can’t already tell – I’m in love with this. When I got the ARC – I was one day into reading before I realized that it was a book by Jessica Park ( I know – you are thinking – Doesn’t she pay attention to this? But really I don’t – If the story sounds great, then I go with it and look at the author later or when I write the review – I try to really read based on the merit of the story and then of course known books I see coming out by my favorites I will check out) and when I realized that she wrote this I was SUPER excited. The writing in the story seemed familiar to me – and then it all made sense. So – the book. I really loved it. The story was intense, the feelings so real I could feel them sometimes with the characters.  I laughed, I cried, and I cheered the characters on at certain points. This is the first time in awhile where I was literally brought to tears by a book and laughed within the same amount of time – and this has it all! I remembered reading “Flat Out Love” and loving the humor in the story, even amoungts such a heartbreaking story, and this one had that same aspect. You would feel intense sorrow for the characters but then something light would ha.ppen and you would laugh. It’s a great combination.  The storyline and message was absolutely powerful and intense.  It was a page turner and a book where I was also sad to see it end, I could definetly read more about these characters.  I liked that the storyline felt real, that is always important to me too.  My best summation of what I felt like the book portrayed was that it showed how much strengh it takes to let go and trust someone, and learn how to love, learn how to allow yourself to be loved.  Now, the romance was of course super intese, hot, romantic, and sexy.  It was..a leap from the “sexy scenes” in “Flat Out Love” but I’m a big girl and I enjoyed it!! I loved the title because most of us have had tough times in one way or another, but difficult times and I personally can understand what she said when she felt like she was drowning.  I thought the story was about more than drowning though, because the characters do learn to swim, to survive in the end. You see all of their strengths and their weaknesses, but strength prevails and leaves the characters stronger than the start of the story.

Characters:

I’ve already  gushed more than necessary, but I really loved the characters, even the ones in the circle around the main characters. Blythe and Chris were amazing, real, and I felt their feelings like they were mine. I could relate to them and I think that made the story that intense and “feelable.”  Estelle and Eric and Zack you didn’t see or hear as much, but when you did, it was rememberable. I did wish we got to know them more, and would love to see a second story following any of their storylines.  Now Sabin – awww – I loved him. What a great character and how I felt for him at the end, he broke my heart in many ways. I was cheering for him, and for him to find his own happiness, and I especially loved the last chapter and his part in that (don’t want to give anything away).  Sabin is someone I would love to have as my brother. Something else i loved that Park did was bring the characters together, I love how she met Sabin and Chris in the same day but different ways and these ways showed the difference in their character.  I love that when she realized who they were to each other, it fit. Her family unit sort of found her and then James at the end. When Chris and Blythe were not together, when she found out he was with someone else – I cannot even tell you how hard my heart broke, I literally had a tear in my eye for Blythe. Her sense of rightness above all and that they would be together in the end honestly soothed me even, allowed me to continue reading. Now the ride to the house in the summer with her and James when I wasn’t sure if she would go to Chris’s big event or NOT – killed me, when she told James to pull off and then saw the siblings running across a parking lot – I had butterflies in my stomach. I was cheering for them all. And I loved knowing them all. Park builds beautiful characters and family units, I read “Flat Out Love”, “Flat Out Matt” and also “Relatively Famous” and in every story I loved the characters and most of all their connections – to their loves and to their families and friends. She is able to write beautiful connections and create a beautiful story with real/full characters.

Overall Rating:

Now, I haven’t gotten my rating system 100% defined yet but this book is a 5 THUMBS up! Buy it, read it, keep it, read it again! This is something I could really see myself reading again, and again. I am kind of cheesy with books like this – I will read books over but more than that I read parts of books over and over.  If there is a part I love, I flag it and sometimes when I need it, I’ll just flip to that section and read it again..

In the end, read this and you will love it!  I just cannot tell everyone enough. It comes out on July 16th, across all media forms.  I am super thankful to Netgalley who gave me the ARC so I could review it. So, please pick it up. “Left Drowning” is a beautiful, intense, romantic story with amazing depth and breadth…the story is about drowning, but also about learning to swim again.

Quotes I adored in this story:

“He puts his hand on my cheek. “You were left drowning.” I nod again.  “And you’re struggling to breathe.” I am.  It’s a constant struggle to stay near the surface.  I have just enough air to stop me from totally going under, but not enough to thrive.  “So do it.  Breathe.  Just Breathe.” He turns up the volume and strokes my hair.

“You have the here and the now, ” Chris says.  “You have a future.  Deal with the past so you can stop looking back.  It’s just pain.”

“You need songs that make you feel.  Some make you strong, some make you weak.  Some build determination, some tear you apart.  But you need all of those.”

“I am overwhelmingly in love with you,” Chris says as he matches my steps. **GUSH**

“We run through the remnants of our pain, and more importantly, we run for our present and for our future.  Together we kick heartbreak’s ass.”

So if you love that, get the book and read it! And tell me what you think!!

Happy Reading!

Kelley

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