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Progress by [Silver, Amalie]
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Jesse

I admit, I didn’t think much of Charlie at first. She was rounder than the girls who usually caught my eye. Not my type. But when I saw her sitting in that booth alone, for the first time something in my mind or my instincts or my heart told me to join her.

She defied me.
She challenged me.
She gave me hope.
Before I knew it, moving forward was my only option.

Charlie

I couldn’t tell you when it happened, but it had to have been a gradual change; I never moved too quickly.

If someone would have told me earlier that year what I was going to go through, I wouldn't have believed them.

Jesse was so different from anyone I’d met before. And everyone I’ve met since. He sucked all the life out of me, in the best—and worst—ways.

We don’t get strong overnight. For most of us it takes time. Strength isn’t measured by how high and fast our walls go up, but how easily we can watch them fall.

This book contains material that might be a trigger for some readers. Abuse and rape are implied, but not described in detail. Discretion is advised.

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  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519316518
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019KLRNN6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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This book isn't about fairytale and fantasy. It is a story that may seem like ordinary life, however it packs an emotional punch of infatuation, love, and hate.

Charlie is a girl who is drudging through life not truly living it. She isn't happy with herself or the life that she isn't really living. Then she meets Jesse.... who causes her to feel things that she has never felt before.
"There was something familiar about his pensive and bitter personality that made ignoring him next to impossible. I’d never been so conflicted with my pull toward someone."

These feelings not only twist her relationship with Jesse but have her questioning herself.

Jesse is a man all for himself. Selfish and careless with people's feelings....especially Charlie's. “No offense, but I wouldn’t care if you lived or died.” As he is blunt and harsh from the very beginning, I wondered is this truly how he felt....or was he afraid to feel.

The story is told in a dual POV style that Amalie Silver has masterfully used to allow us inside Charlie and Jesse's heads. The push & pull of emotions took this story that seemed to tell a tale of ordinary regular into an emotional roller coaster.

Thank you, Amalie Silver. Thank you for giving us different. Thank you for sharing Charlie. I can't wait for more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. Seriously. 22 January 2016
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, I just would like to say thank you. Thank you so much. As a young woman who is a size 22 and trying to hard to not feel hideous and less of a person this book touched me. Thank you for Charlie. I can't tell you how amazing it feels to finally read about a woman who isn't skinny or "curvy." You wrote about a plus sized woman and I felt so connected for the first time. It's like you wrote this while in my heart and mind. I can identify with her and I have felt everything she feels. I cried so much with her words because I feel so much of that. I can thank you enough for writing about someone real.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic writing! You will love this book! 30 March 2016
By The Ardent Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, this author, put me in an emotional cement mixer and tossed me around like a load of rocks. An emotional rollercoaster that I was happy to have ridden.

It is very hard to write a review for a book that made such an impact on me. I identified with Charlie so much so that some of the things she said, I've said. The things she described feeling, I've felt.

Charlie is an introvert. She is so "inside" herself she has a hard time seeing the outside world and her place in it. She doesn't think she fits in, inany way. She is smart, funny and kind, sometimes to a fault. She is a doormat.

Jesse. Jesse is a maelstrom of unchecked emotion waiting to burst free like a dam held back too long. He is emotionally crippled and affectionately void. Maybe. Maybe there is some kindness in him.

When these two figure out who the other is, it's kind of beautiful. Unfortunately it is short-lived. Charlie needs more. Jesse needs less. I know this makes no sense, but that is the way I saw it.

The main characters in this book are so well written as to remind me of people I know. People who are real, with real problems and issues that somewhat normal people deal with everyday. The author has written something cathartic. She has reached into our hearts and opened the sore spot we don't talk about and dug around for a while. She has taken the best and worst of our psyches and put them into words. It's scary how much this book effected me. This author wrote the most beautiful disaster. Both heroine and hero go through so much to get to a point of acceptance.

Read the book. You will not be disappointed. 5 giant stars for me! I can't wait for the next book!

Just so you know, I don't feel I've done this book justice. There is so much I want to say about it, but just can't articulate without spoilers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progress was brilliant! 31 March 2016
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow. I'm not really sure what to say or how to start, I just have so many thoughts!. Progress was brilliant! There was so much depth to the characters and the story line. I didn't want it to end, yet I couldn't put it down. Jesse and Charlie have so many issues, soooo many issues--both of them--that they need to work through. In the beginning of Progress, I felt like Charlie had it all figured out (to an extent); but by the end, I felt like Jesse had it together more than Charlie did. Which is saying a lot! There's just so much under the surface with Charlie that I'm not sure she's even aware of. Jesse, at least, knows he's got issues. I tend to be super critical of books that deal with mental health issues because I've been studying psychology for years, and I'm still studying it now, so I'm learning what's realistic and what's not. With that being said, I feel like Amalie Silver did a great job at portraying mental illness in this book. I felt like it was realistic and it was also handled in a way that was tasteful. This was a really great book and I look forward to seeing where the rest of the series takes us.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Im emotionally ruined at the moment... 13 April 2016
By Ruthi Kight - Published on Amazon.com
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There have been very few books that have ever left a truly lasting impression on me. There has to be a rawness, a complexity, something inherently more, to truly make me remember a book for more than a month. I believe this will be one of those books. Charlie...oh Charlie. I feel such a connection with her. I've been her, and in a lot of ways, I still am. I survived the torment and abuse of my peers and somehow came out the other side okay. But I think we have all felt what Charlie felt. That despair, the idea that we are nothing, that we don't deserve the respect of our peers. It hurts. Alot.
This author has touched on some very sensitive topics in this book, but she nailed them. The emotions. The life experiences. All of it. It was heartbreaking and beautiful, all at the same time.
I want to say thank you to this author. Thanks you for putting into words what some of us have felt or dealt with our entire lives. Thank you for allowing others to see that side of human nature. You are amazing and have gained a fan for life.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW...JUST WOW! 19 May 2016
By JLH - Published on Amazon.com
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**MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**

I don't even know where to start...I finished this book several days ago and have been trying to formulate and put my thoughts together ever since, so we shall see how this goes. I really like how Progress is divided into 3 parts, Charlie, Jesse and then Charlie and Jesse. I love having both lead characters tell the story from their point of view. To me that makes it very relate-able and so much easier to understand why Charlie and Jesse are the way they are or act or say things that they do.

This is definitely not your every day, just another romance novel. Progress is so much more than that. I will be honest this book took me a little while to get into and was slower going for me than most books. I really thought about this book as I was reading it as it's such a deep book, no fluff here. I wanted to cry and so many emotions came flooding back to me when Charlie talks about being teased, picked on, etc. during high school because she was over weight. I too was the over weight girl in school.

Then we move onto Jesse and it never comes right out and says that he is manic depressive or bipolar until must later in the book, but you are led to believe that based on what Charlie sees on the bookshelf. Which does kind of help you understand more of why Jesse is how he is. There was more than one occasion where I wanted to reach through the pages of the book and slap him. He also broke my heart on a few different occasions and for a few different reasons. The mom in me wanted to just hold him and tell him everything would be okay.

I hated to see how Charlie and Jesse were using each other and was afraid that Charlie would be the one hurt by Jesse, but as the story unfolds you realize that isn't what's going on at all...Jesse is the one being hurt. I really hated how Charlie thought she needed to lose weight in order for Jesse to "notice" her or be interested in her. I really am not a believe in people doing things for other people or because of other people....you need to do things for yourself, that make you feel good! Which I do think Jesse was able to help her do after all.

Progress also shows us that although some friendships can be poisonous to ourselves, everything and every person comes into your life for a reason. It also teaches us that sometimes we use people without even realizing we are doing it. Every person has feelings and can be hurt, no matter how secure they seem.

I can't wait for book 2 to find out what comes next for Jesse and Charlie.

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