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The Counting-Downers by [Compton, A.J.]
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The stunningly poignant and life-affirming debut novel by A.J. Compton

Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live. But we weren’t allowed to know our own numbers…

Trying to make sense of life after the death of her beloved father, free spirit Matilda Evans meets Tristan Isaacs and discovers a marrow-deep connection with him.

No stranger to grief himself, lonely artist Tristan is in awe of Matilda’s fun and philosophical approach to life. With every second spent in her presence, he finds his views on life and loss changing, and begins to embrace the beauty of being alive.

As their friendship turns into something deeper, lessons are learned, memories are made, and legacies are created.

But with both of them knowing how long their soulmate has left in this lifetime, important questions have to be asked and tough decisions have to be made before time runs out.

The Counting-Downers is an inspiring story about life, loss, love, and making the most of every moment. It is a full-length, stand-alone novel.

What people are saying about The Counting-Downers:

"This was such a unique storyline...The words jumped off the page and touched me to my core. It made me think, it made me feel, it made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made feel blessed for those I have in my life." - TalkBooks

"This book had me in tears from the very beginning. It touched me in so many ways. It's so beautiful. This is a book I will forever carry in my heart." - Book Obsessed Girl

"I have nothing bad to say about this book. Honestly, every word was strategically placed, every thought was beautiful, every action was written with such precision and passion; this debut novel spoke to me and will stick with me for a LONG time." - Michelle T Bibliophile

"A.J. Compton is a stunning, beautiful writer...her writing is poetic, her words flow off each page and wrap around your heart and soul...each paragraph had you thinking." - Crazy Book Lovers

"This book has brought me on such a wonderful and life-changing journey. There is something magical and absolutely captivating about it. Every single word hits home and manipulates my emotions." - Bibliopearl

"If this novel doesn't inspire you to live life freely, then you must have read it wrong." - Library Cutie

"It was honestly the best book I've ever read!" - Bookish Emily

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1404 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0993330908
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZABXJVQ
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #749,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive, Perspective-Changing, and Beautiful 28 September 2016
By Elizabeth Mathis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Rating: 5/5 Penguins

Quick Reasons: life-ruiner!; this book is just... SO many feels, SO much to ponder, SO powerful; a poignant, beautiful story of life, loss, love, grief, death...but most importantly, LIVING; there are no words for how much I love this book; gorgeous, atmospheric prose; beautifully description scenes; a landscape painted of words and emotions; this book touched me, deeply

---If we all came together, you’d see the whole picture. But maybe that’s not the point. All of us are, and mean, different things to different people. We’re one person, but a million people. Fractured, but whole. All giving out puzzle pieces and carrying around a bag full of the ones given to us by everyone we’ve ever met.---

Firstly: JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER, oh my penguins it's so exquisite and gorgeous and just... gaaaaah, so much yes!

I just... I mean, it's a bit early in my relationship with A.J. Compton to be certain, but I'm pretty sure I've found a new favorite author. A new auto-buy. A new person to watch out for with impatience and childlike wonder in the future. Because A.J. Compton? speaks to me, so deeply. I've read two novels by her so far, and have been ABSOLUTELY blown away both times. Why? Because she leaves me thinking. She challenges me to view the world, and the subject she's chosen to focus on, in different and vastly unique ways. She challenges me to think outside the box, to examine my reactions, and to WONDER. And that is a gorgeous, wonderful, awe-inspiring talent, in my opinion.

---Sometimes, he thinks I’m a son he never had. My mother was an only child. Sometimes, he thinks I’m a total stranger. Those days are the worst. I am no longer Tristan, his grandson. I haven’t been him for a while. I am whoever he wants me to be. And sometimes I am unwanted.---

This book? Focuses on some very difficult and abstract subjects. Time, for one thing--and how to handle the passing of it, when you can see exactly how much time everybody but you has left. The subject and plot of this book is so uniquely different from anything I've ever read before, because the characters start this book KNOWING that the world around them is dying. Knowing that they, too, have a finite number of minutes, even though they don't know that number exactly. These characters are flawed, but courageous despite their fears. These characters are well-rounded, vibrantly written...and so, so heart-wrenching.

The world A.J. Compton has written within these pages is both believable and vibrant. There are some grammatical errors--things like missing words are a bit of an issue, though it's easy enough to figure out from the context what words have been dropped, and it didn't in any way hinder or take away from my reading. This journey--the growths, the strengths and weaknesses, the love of these characters--took me for a wild, thought-provoking ride. This is yet another book that's bound to haunt me for years to come, and I adore that so much. I adore how much this one read has changed my perspective, has made me reconsider the world.

---A memory is never as good as a moment. Any photograph I take of this sunset, like my memory of it, will one day deteriorate, having never been as good as the real thing in the first place. The vibrant, effervescent, colors will fade to pastels and white, the crisp edges curled at the corners of my mind.---

If you guys haven't picked up an A.J. Compton book yet... GO DO IT! Seriously, what are you waiting for?! Her writing is descriptive and vibrant, her characters are heart-wrenching, and the journey is ALWAYS inspiring and perspective-shifting. A.J. Compton knows how to make her readers think...and that's a beautiful talent to have. I definitely recommend this book to lovers (or haters) of time; to readers seeking an unexpected but beautiful journey; and to those who think they need a new outlook on living and dying. Seriously, guys--don't waste any more time. Pick this book up NOW; I swear it's worth the risk!
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 28 December 2015
By Vivian Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The loss of a loved one is life changing.
No words can express all the emotions that come with it, nor can the extent of its impact be captured completely. It is a significant moment in one’s life that is profound and very much etched in every momentous occasion in your future.

The Counting Downers is set in a world where everybody’s life clock is printed on his or her head, the reminder of death is overwhelming. What’s the catch? Not only are you unaware of your own passing, you’re not allowed to inform anyone of their own death. In one of the most outstanding debut novels I have ever read AJ Compton has written a novel about love, death and the consuming need to experience one without the constant reminder of the other.

As Matilda Evans, Compton’s main character deals with the death of her father; readers witness the contradiction of life when living under these circumstances. Trying to live Truly, Deeply, Freely, Matilda Evans unfortunately is consumed by her inevitable death and that of those around her. Crippling her choices and her future, Matilda Evans is in desperate search for a happy medium.

Tristan Isaacs is the soul of this book. Even though his perspective only makes a few appearances, his maturity, his honesty, his love and his loss is poignant, powerful and influential. As he searches to find his place in life, his connection to Matilda and her mantra of living, Truly, Deeply, Freely. Readers will come face to face with a love, so sincere and tender, yet simultaneously fierce and all consuming.

AJ Compton’s writing is magnificent; her ability to capture the depth, seriousness and pain of life influenced by death is extraordinary. And, better yet to deliver such truths through such young characters is remarkable. As Matilda and Tristan grow, in friendship and in love, Compton has let their hearts bleed on every page, to ensure the true meaning of T.I.M.E is wholeheartedly understood.
5.0 out of 5 stars I have nothing bad to say about this book 25 July 2015
By Michelle- MT.Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I received an ARC of The Counting Downers in exchange for an honest review.

I have nothing bad to say about this book. Honestly, every word was strategically placed, every thought was beautiful, every action was written with such precision and passion; this debut novel spoke to me and will stick with me for a LONG time.

We first meet Matila, an intellectual 19-year-old who's too smart for her own good. She questions the everyday mannerisms we, as a society, overlook on a daily basis. Things such as:

- "How is there any 'good' in goodbye?"
- "No one pays attention to linguistic issues when coping with death"
- Making personal resolutions to not say "I'm sorry" to someone when their loved ones pass away.

Honestly, how many contemplate this? Especially at this age. I admired Matilda and her level of sarcasm, balls to the walls honesty and how she was imperfectly perfect.

Matila meets Tristan, our looney, awkward male role for a brief moment in part 1. Poor Tristan only longs for friends and relationships, having relocated to California after becoming an orphan at a young age. Although their encounter is brief at first, Fate brings them together a few years down the road to enjoy life and the time they have left on this earth.

"It always comes back to T.I.M.E."

This book made me think. It took my brain to a new level of intellect I never knew I possessed. Thank you, AJ, for sharing your story with us. I look forward to more :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Definitely Worth Reading Again and Again 15 February 2016
By Katherina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've been in a book slump recently and this just completely snapped me out of it! I was intrigued about the storyline and all I can say is the author did not disappoint with the delivery. I don't really know what I expected but what I didn't expect was a book that touched me so profoundly that I'm still wiping tears at 4 in the morning writing a review (something I almost never do unless it's a truly deserving book). There are no petty or shallow issues in Matilda's and Tristan's relationship like I've been finding in a lot of the books recently. Their relationship is real and beautiful and I would say that their conflict in the book is relevant and meaningful. I know that this book and its message will stay with me for awhile, something that I will remember fondly. I don't mean to be vague but you need to experience this book for yourself to truly grasp the beauty of it so I strongly recommend that you buy this book, you will not be disappointed! I look forward to future works from this author :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, wonderful, epic! 15 August 2015
By Cynthia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you're looking for instant gratification, this is not the book for you.
Compton's debut novel is beautiful. This is the only word I can think of when trying to describe The Counting-Downers using only one word. I highlighted so much of the text, my kindle copy looks more yellow than white.
Readers, I know--I KNOW--we love to fall fast and hard. But sometimes a slow climb into someone's heart is just as good. You will find a deep connection between Tristan and Matilda and their love will give you hope. You will find hope when there is nothing surrounding them but despair. When the ticking of the clock is drowning out their hushed words of love and adoration, you will wonder what the hell you've been reading all along. You will question, if you are a writer, how the F*CK you'll find the courage to even attempt such beauty. And you will love and hate time. Because it never really is on our side.
I was graciously provided an ARC.
Be prepared to fall alllllll the way into love.

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