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Today, 8:15 p.m.
I hurt. I hurt so deeply, I felt the pain searing in my bones and jabbing like a hot poker into my heart. I knew nothing would make it better as the memories pulled from the crevices of my mind, detailing the bad and the ugly, filling my thoughts with regret as I slipped into the darkness...
When I was eight, my mother was dying of cancer, my father lost his job, and the bank kicked us out of our house. I was forced to move to the strange town of Arlis, Texas where my father and I slept in our car in the hospital parking lot. Desperate and hopeless, we lived on fumes of our former life.
Then one night, everything changed forever. A knock on the car window brought a family into my life that I only wanted to shut out. I hated charity and I hated the Masons. Well, except one. He made it impossible to hate him.
Jess Mason had the biggest blue eyes and ornery smile of any boy I had ever seen. He was a ray of sunshine in my dark world. A boy full of adventure, dragging me across the meadow of Sprayberry Ranch; a beautiful Texas paradise full of horses and tree houses that got us into more trouble than anyone ever imagined.
Jess was my everything as a kid, until we grew up and the rules changed. Instead of living happily ever after with a boy full of love...I destroyed it.
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By zoe on 02-10-17
The Mason List
Who was the most memorable character of The Mason List and why?
A great debut novel from S.D. Hendrickson. It shows how for better or worse the scars of her childhood impact Alex's decisions as she grows into a young woman. Once you start on this journey with Alex and Jess you won't be able to stop.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 03-21-17
Well I Hate the Heroine
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
The heroine begin the book moaning about her life and that is what she did throughout the entire story. All of us experience tragedy it is what you do afterwards that make or break you.
Would you be willing to try another book from S.D. Hendrickson? Why or why not?
If it is anything like this one I would be hard put to try it. I loved the story for Jess and am glad he got his HEA but
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
She portrayed the characters too well. the whining was annoying and I had to stop and start listening to the story. I know that sounds negative but when a narrator actually makes you feel the emotions they are doing a good job.
Do you think The Mason List needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No. Another book by the author without so much "why me?" in it would be good unless she is going to write one that tells more of Jess's story.
Any additional comments?
I got this ARC book via audiobook boom.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful