“I loved these characters, and the story has a lot of depth. This not a romance novel. It is a story about relationships between people, about hope, and how hard it is to have faith in yourself. I will miss these characters. Well done.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I loved these characters, and the story has a lot of depth. This not a romance novel. It is a story about relationships between people, about hope, and how hard it is to have faith in yourself. I will miss these characters. Well done.”Angela L wrote this review Thursday, September 20, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought that this book was going to be a depressing one... I just felt it and I thought that I wouldn't be able to finish it soon enough. I know that I wasn't in the mood for a lot of drama but there's something about this book that captured my interest and I didn't want to put it down.
The story is about a boy who has learning disabilities but is good-hearted and gifted. But there was something about him than just his reading problem... he heard hissing whenever he get mad or angry or feel bad, and sometimes it was difficult to control. Until he met his bestfriend's sister, Cece. They didn't plan to fall in love but it just happened and Cece is the only person who was able to calm Macky. But Macky did something that changes everything between them and forced them to acknowledge the fact that it is now impossible for the two of them to have a life together.
I think that the author developed the characters very well. They have depth, they have feelings, they have unique personalities that made each of them remarkable. You'll know by reading the book that these characters--major and minor ones--weren't created as a filler. They were there because they need to be there... to make the story complete, to create sense and meaning in the story.
Macky is a complicated character and reading his mind is sad and heartbreaking. He is kind, compassionate, humble, and good but the circumstances made it hard and unbearable for him. He isn't the strongest character out there, but he is one of the remarkable characters I've ever met. I wish that the circumstances were different for him so he can have a good future but life isn't like that for everyone. Though I couldn't say anything about Cece, since I didn't relate to her much, I think she was a nice character to read about and sometimes her thoughts were funny and entertaining that it made the book a bit lighter to read. But among all the characters, Anthony is the one I liked the most. He has so much faith in Macky and I think that he could never be a much better friend than what he already is.
The story seemed to be progressing really well until I reached the middle part of the book. The story began to pace real slow for me and I wondered where the story was heading. I skipped a few words, even lines, just to hurry up my reading. It's a little frustrating but I still wanted to continue and see how it will end. By the time I reached the ending, I was left open-mouthed. The ending just didn't do it for me and I was left hanging. I don't know if there's even a future for Cece and Mack to be together and it just broke my heart. I guess it just showed that life isn't always a happy ending, and life doesn't always work out as we planned. But no matter how I try to accept it, I still felt heartbroken.
I also think that this book will appeal better on readers who love, love dogs. In my opinion, this book focused a little too much on them, not that I didn't liked it, but it overpowered the story especially the romance flavor. Maybe that's the reason why I was left unsatisfied. Don't get me wrong cos I also love dogs BUT I love a good romance too and I didn't get the happy ending I wanted. I didn't mean it to be a bad thing and it was wonderful to see how they were given so much credit in the story. I just want a happy ending, that's all.
Well, considering how this book made me feel, I'd say that even though there are parts that were slow and that the ending was a bit disappointing for me, I couldn't say that this book isn't good and not worthy of my time. Because honestly, even after days of finishing the book, I still think about it and the characters, wondering the could-have-beens, their present that they have to deal with and the future that awaits them. It made me think about people and how our relationships with our friends and families can make us or even break us. It is touching, sad, bittersweet, and very realistic. Give this book a chance, you might really enjoy it.”
“Not at all what I thought it would be.
Almost more realistic than I wanted it to turn out, but in a 'had to be that way' sort of way. ha. Giving me the upsetting realistic truth of life events, even in a fiction novel.”
“Written in street vernacular, hard to understand at first, but great once it gets going. I was hoping for a more positive ending.”Carolyn P wrote this review Friday, June 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The characters in the book are now a permananet part of my world. So accurately drawn- The plot is riviting and accruate- yung love, dreams an hopes- and what happens when they are shattered.”JRoberts wrote this review Tuesday, May 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When Mack and Céce meet, they quickly realize they are meant for each other. Mack is a high school dropout with anger issues and Céce is a talented student. Despite their differences, together they are stronger. Sensitive Mack shares his talent of rehabilitating abused pit bulls, while helping Céce to realize her own self-worth and face the fear of her brother’s impending deployment. When Mack’s temper explodes during a violent confrontation, everything changes. Mack and Céce must find the strength to continue on without each other.
This tale about overcoming adversity is gritty, real, and full of hope. Although there are some plot contrivances, likable characters drive this story with authentic dialogue and its moving story. This heart-wrenching story is a must read.
“Told from alternating perspectives, a story about a boy with anger issues, a criminal record and an affinity for dogs and the girl who loves him anyways. Great dialog, a good plot, and a story told in a brutally honest way. Maybe a bit too brutal for some, but an excellent read. ”BE Kelley wrote this review Saturday, March 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“New Book, February 2012.”Whitaker Library wrote this review Saturday, February 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“LOVED the voices in this book. The characters seem to be exceedingly and depressingly realistic. The tension in the first part of the story is some of the best I've ever read. I had a little bit of difficulty believing that Mack would be presented so early in his incarceration with the dog training gig. That kind of break seems so needle-in-a-haystack, so the plot manipulation reduces this from five stars to four. Nonetheless, this was a book I really looked forward to tucking into every night. ”Jill A wrote this review Friday, January 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ This is a very fast paced story that deals with tough but real life issues. It is gritty, and I recommend for mature teens. The characters are very believable, down to earth and authentic, and even though I didn't relate a whole lot with some of their circumstances, I really felt for them and wanted for them to come out on top.
Tony and Vic are two of the minor characters who really got to me.. Their ability to see the best in people, work to bring it out, and selflessly give really impressed me and I loved seeing their hearts.
The main characters Cece and Mack, true to the back cover's description are two very different people, and it is awesome how they see the best in the other and how they are able to connect on that real level. Because of this and the nature of teenage relationships, quickly formed and deeply felt, I am able to buy into the fast paced nature of their physical relationship as well as the attachments they feel.
This book doesn't give the rosy happy ending... but it feels so authentic and heart-breaking while at the same time feeling the buds of hope for real change and possibilities for the characters makes it perfect and fitting.
From Blkosiner's book blog at http://blkosiner.blogspot.com”