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Publisher's Summary

All 17-year-old David really wants is to fly under life's radar. In a typical cold winter day in Montana he does something extraordinary: he rescues smart, funny, gorgeous good-girl Lucy Peterson from drowning in a freezing lake. As their friendship grows, David realizes that risking his life was the easy part. His friendship with a girl who is different from him in every imaginable way forces David to challenge himself and those around him. He must face the abuse of his past and the uncertainty of his future as he struggles to keep Lucy by his side.
©2012 Jessica Cheatwood (P)2014 Jessica Cheatwood
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator David Dietz enhances this exceptional first-person story…Dietz flawlessly captures sweet and sarcastic David, his spirited grandmother, and Lucy, the girl with the raucous laugh…Dietz portrays characters superbly and keeps the narrative threads clear. His delivery gives the twists of the story the significance they warrant.Young people of both genders will enjoy this. S.G.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2014]" " ( AudioFile)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Valeria on 11-13-14

Very truthful deep and fun

I wasn’t expecting to love this book, but I did! It is a sweet coming of age story about forgiveness. I loved watching these characters make mistakes and learn from them.

The fact that all of the characters were flawed made this story feel real and true, like it could be happening somewhere in the world. It has a mixture of drama and comicality, which made this a fast paced and easy to read story, even if it dealt with some difficult issues like domestic violence, teen pregnancy, adoption and loss.

It did seem like too much drama for one lifetime, and maybe some of the subplots or main events weren’t necessary, the story had enough material as it was. That definitely is my biggest complaint with this book. It also confused me a bit that the time frames were changing all the time. Like from one chapter to the other several months would’ve passed, but sometimes three or more chapters would take place within the course of days. Finally, I felt that David’s reactions to one particular event, which I cannot comment about without spoilers, were weird. If that happened to me I would’ve been way angrier or frustrated, confused even. Not so happy or willing. I did feel that as time passed he sort of felt the consequences of that decision, like it hit him later, which made up for his hastiness a bit.

Other than that I felt this story was simply beautiful. I tend to avoid Christian fiction at all costs because, even if I’m a Christian myself, I found them to be, more often than not, too preachy and the characters just don’t appeal to me. They are weird. Like being a religious person means you don’t get to be normal. Thankfully this book was an exception, which is one of the main reasons I loved it. The Christian kids were very real and normal, and the book wasn’t preachy at all. It portrayed God as a loving father who accepts us no matter what.

Lucy was very religious but so real. She did normal stuff, felt jealousy and envy at times, made horrible mistakes! Cared about important and silly stuff, like a Normal teenager! I actually felt very close to her, because I used to be just like her! And worried about the same stuff.

But what I loved the most was the message about forgiveness. It is portrayed just as it is: a hard decision we have to make over and over again, but in the end will help lift a huge weight off our shoulders. I also loved that they featured it as the most important Christian value.

I loved David’s journey because we could see him change, but also understood the moments that triggered those changes or growth. It was very organic and progressive.

The narration was good. I enjoyed David Dietz narration a bit more than I did in Halfskin. He wasn’t too loud this time, and I thought I would have trouble hearing the same voice for a different character but I didn’t. I liked how he did David and Grandma, and he had great pacing for his narration. I did feel though, that the female voices were too similar to each other.

Overall, it was a great read, with powerful messages and good narration; and even if it was charged with heavy stuff, it was still a light read. It has great character development and it is impossible not to care for this adorable gang, and David’s grandma. What a women she was.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Beth on 02-27-16

Excellent Narration in This Young Romance

For those of you who love a romance you will love this one all the way through. Lots of emotionally based decisions in this one!!!!

For those of you who check the emotions and make decisions based on facts and not emotion...... you will enjoy this about three quarters of the way through. Then, you will be going, "There is no way that would happen......."

The story grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading. But for me, the story becomes unbelievable before it ends.

[{SPOILER ALERT{{You might want to stop reading now if you don't want details of the story]][[[Spoiler begins now]]]......Self-conscious boy changes miraculously because he "finds" himself after spoiled/never-think-before-you-act girl removes his make-up and reveals his scar (which he always keeps covered) but then leaves the house for the first time ever with no make-up so everyone can see the scar--and his real face. This happens after a huge misunderstanding and a whole year passes without them speaking to each other. He finally sees her, she is obviously pregnant but he is not mad at her (she choice to have sex--she was not raped) but he is angry at the boy who took her virginity; he wants the child for his own because adoption is not an option he can endure. (The adoption is the one point I can understand based on his experience.) As usual stupid girl does not pay any consequences for her actions. She cries and someone else picks up the pieces and fixes things. This will be happily ever after as long as self conscious boy can keep being a cheerleader of stupid girl no matter how self-centered and unaware of others feelings she continues to be. All will be well, if he can forgive all wrongs (because she is so stunning and beautiful-this is a repeating theme) so she can swiftly advance to her next disaster.

Again, excellent narration. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by David Dietz! Pleasing to your ears whether it be male or female character. Nice pace to the reading and great annunciation.

Giving this one 4 stars in spite of the ending as it was well-written, the characters were interesting and the narration was excellent.

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