Regular price: $24.95
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for $24.95
Any additional comments?
This was the first audiobook that I started and had a little trouble completing. The story was very complex and had a lot of details so I would have to stop and absorb everything that was presented to me before continuing to listen. I feel this would have been a much better book to read then to listen too so you could put the book down reflect and then keep reading. This book follows Aria who lost her mother at a young age and lives with her father now. Aria’s father has a drinking problem that turns into abuse since he seems so upset about the loss of this wife. Aria runs away one night to her normal hiding spot and meets Thomas. Thomas is a young boy who is the same age as Aria living next door with his parents. Thomas’s grandfather had passed away and they were working on fixing his house to sell it. Aria and Thomas have almost an instant connection. The story is completely told from Aria’s point of view, which I did enjoy, but I do find a small fault in this. I kind of wish we got a back and forth between Thomas and Aria. I felt like Aria had so many emotions I would have loved to get Thomas’s feelings since he had such a complex situation just like Aria. Aria is an extremely strong and dedicated to anything she puts her mind too. Aria throws her life into everything she does, I love that about a person when they are so dedicated. Thomas on the other hand comes off more mysterious of a character. We get bits and pieces of his life and then we honestly get a completed picture of him right at the end of the book. The book deals with a lot of big topics and I feel does a pretty good job with them. First is the abuse that Aria gets from her father. This is a topic that does come up throughout the book and we really do get to see a lot of how Aria deals with it. I like that it wasn’t just rushed over or forgotten. Also, the idea of losing a parent so young. We can see all the pain that Aria is still experiencing from losing her mother. Another topic the author did a great job with was young love and how emotional it can be. I think the author did an amazing job with the relationship she created between Aria and Thomas she really tugged on my emotions with the two of them.The story itself is very complex I feel like we get to see a large chunk of time told through Aria’s eyes, which is great, but sometimes I felt like I wasn’t sure how much more I could take. So much happens in the story that makes you really appreciate family. The author did an amazing job with this story and the ending left me so happy I was glad I could take this journey with Aria.
How to explain how I felt about this book... I might need to quote an other book to explain it:
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” (It's from The Fault in our stars, if you haven't read it yet, do read it too.)
That is exactly how I felt... about this book. The story felt kind of slow and distant at first, and then as I read listened to the audiobook, I realized that I really loved the depth of this story and the layers in all its characters. Without thinking, I found myself captivated by Aria, Thomas, their relationship, but also by all supporting characters.
The story was really well-built, revealing itself slowly, subtly.
My feelings towards the book might have been emphasized by the narration by Heather Masters. Her voice was soothing, and calm, when the story was full of emotions. And the combination of both was really delighting.