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“I. Could. Not. Put. This. Book. Down!!!
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“DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!!!! lol
From 25% I was crying, and it didn't stop. By the end I was hysterically crying/sobbing. It was heart breaking, but I couldn't stop reading. I started the book at 8pm last night and I couldn't stop until I had read every page, at 3am!
I think if I had stopped reading, there would have been a chance that I just wouldn't be able to bring myself to pick it up again. And I also didn't know how to rate this book! I HATED it! Lol, but I hated it because of how heart-broken I felt, so surely if the book affects you that much, has you uncontrollably crying, it deserves a high mark?!? Lol
This story had been popping up on my recommendation pages on Amazon and goodReads for ages, so I thought I’d give it a go.
The characters are very strong and believable, hence me getting so wrapped up in the story.
I think it's well written, but I’m rubbish at noticing stuff like that!
Its written as first person, in that the main character is narrating her life from some point in the future.
It starts when Alix (the protagonist) meets Nick for the first time, aged 8. The thing to remember the most with the story is, it’s set in southern America, where reputation and respect mean everything. Not a big town either, so gossip is rife.
Alix family is a very upstanding one in the town. Not the richest in money, but definitely in status. Not that anyone in the family, apart from an aunt, really cares about that.
The household situation is,
Judge, Alix’s, grandfather, who was a judge (funnily enough!! Lol) now retired. His wife had died previous and plays no part in the story.
Aunt Darla?, I forget her name, something like that. The eldest of Judge’s 3 daughters. She has never married, very Christian and involved in the church. Likes the status the family has in the local community has, and does push the other family members to try to keep it.
Aunt Jane is heartbroken. She had a great love she was meant to marry when she was younger, but it fell apart. She has never met anyone else and is quite quiet.
Alix’s mama is the youngest of the daughters. She went off and married Alix’s father, and when the marriage broke apart she went home to her dad and sisters, and all the family raised Alix. Alix had never seen her father, or even a picture, and has no relationship with him. She doesn’t even use his name. her mama changed their name back to her maiden name French. Which did cause a scandal! But Ellie(Alix’s Mama) didn’t care.
So thinking of all of that, when Alix befriends Nick, the local poor kid whose dad is the local drunk that runs the scrap yard, it does get people talking.
All of Alix family support her though. Nothing in Nick’s life is his fault. And when Judge Finds out that Nick’s father is beating the crap out of him when he’s drunk, judge takes Nick under his wing, and convinces him to spend more time at the “French” house (Family name). Nick is VERY proud, so it’s not an easy feat getting him to take the help they are trying to give him. This is one of the reasons why he stays living with his Dad and doesn't go to the police or social services.
All of the heart breaking moments came out of nowhere. Just when you think you know what’s going on, and where the story is going, you get a curve ball thrown at you!!
but I really don’t know whether I'm recommending it or not?!? It’s strong, it’s a strong story, and if you’re up for that, then give it ago. Although I'm probably making it much larger than it is, and will leave you expecting more!”
“Really good book. Stays with u for a bit”marla d wrote this review Saturday, September 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“a quick read-i really liked it!
“The basis for this story is good. It just kept going on and on. It is written in two parts. If the second part of the book was the longer of the two I may have enjoyed it more. I normally have a hard time putting a book down. I had to make myself read part one and finished part two in one sitting.”Colleen Dallman wrote this review Friday, March 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In all honesty, I usually don’t go for these types of books and that’s why it had been sitting on my TBR shelf for quite a while. I could really kick myself for that because this is the best story I have read in, well, I can’t remember when. It has earned a coveted spot on my favorites shelf. I cannot give enough kudos to the author. I laughed, I cried, I gritted my teeth in anger, I grinned from ear to ear, and I cried some more. This book is the epitome of an emotional roller coaster.
What I love most about the story, besides the story of course, is the setting and the characters.
It all takes place in a small southern town of Arkansas. Being a small-town southern girl myself, this really pulled me into the story from the get-go as I could relate to just about all of the goings on…the people, the scenery, the dialogue (the bless her heart euphemism is so true; that saying has come out of my mouth more times that I can count).
The characters were written wonderfully. They were fleshed out and didn’t leave me asking questions about who they were. Too often do I read a book where I truly don’t know the people but this story is not the case. I absolutely love Alix. She’s like my sister from another mister. I really felt a kinship with her, having more than a few things common. We’re listeners rather than talkers, avid readers and we have a friendly disposition but if you provoke us, we can turn into quite the spitfires. But that’s where the similarity ends because she has something that I don’t. Nick. And every girl needs someone like him. He is a prime example of not judging a book by its cover. Growing up “on the wrong side of the tracks”, you expect a bad boy demeanor but he is nothing of the sort. He turns out to be chivalrous, romantic, and too good for his own good, if that makes any sense.
I could go on and on and give a synopsis of the story but I don’t want to give too much away. The story should be experienced first-hand.
The only problem that I have with this book, which is purely my own, is that I hadn’t read it sooner and I cannot go back and read it for the first time again.
“Great story. Very compelling. Loved the vibe between Nick and Alix. I really dug that they met as kids and that part of the story was just how kids act at that age. I appreciated meeting the characters at various ages.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Monday, September 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was good for what it is which is a nice little guilty pleasure love story. Some parts of it came of as a little cliché and corny and the drama was a little Lifetime movie-ish but all in all I enjoyed it considering it only cost me one dollar.”Chulabird54 wrote this review Saturday, August 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book really moved and engrossed me. Alix and Nick had the forever kind of love that was able to withstand separation, betrayal, and loss. At each each step of their relationship, both felt very strongly about their love. But Nick's feeling of inadequacy made him sacrifice himself to let Alix go. And Alix was never happy or whole without Nick. I wanted to take half a star off for the many subplots and betrayals that seemed unnecessary. But in the end I was really moved by this book.”ALICE S wrote this review Thursday, July 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of the best books ever! Loved this story! Read it in under two days!”Teri E wrote this review Thursday, May 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this book! Such a sweet story. You never know what's going to happen, even if you think you do. It's about boy & girl childhood best friends with drastically different backgrounds who grow up & help each other deal with difficulties of life and end up falling in & out of love. No review or summary can do it justice, you have to read it. ”Sarah wrote this review Tuesday, May 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No