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- ASIN : B00I8JEEC0
- Language : English
- File size : 1183 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 342 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 394,483 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Walters has done a wonderful job telling the story of Ellie & Flynn. The topics raised are taboo and i honestly can't say that I have previously read a book with similar themes.
The story is built from the ground up and we are able to fully connect with each character. I do not condone some of the things Ellie does or her behavior, but its understandable coming from someone who has such low expectations of herself. And then there's Flynn. Sweet, misunderstood Flynn. He grows and flourishes and though his younger years are tragic and grief stricken he has managed to come out strong and sure of himself (as much as one can be with his condition),
I found that i keep asking myself "How can anyone else understand him, if he cant understand himself??"
This story tells you of the highs and lows of the misunderstood boy and the bully girl that realize that without each they are not whole.
Job well done 4.5 stars!!
Okay so this book.
I want to get into a lot of detail just because, I think that this is a controversial book.
I wanted to read it because the author worked in a field that I want to work in, which is counselling teens at risk (another word for teenagers at risk of physical and sociological abuse.)
This book begins with:
"I am an ugly Person.
I do ugly things.
I think ugly thoughts.
You will hate me.
But you will love him.
It's hard not to.
He is everything that I'm not."
I was already hooked in and that's only a snippet of the intro!
We meet Ellie- Ellie is a girl whom life has dealt a heavy hand of injustice. The one thing she wants more than anything in the world has been denied to her over and over again.
What is that thing? Love. pure and simple, unadulterated love.
So the only way our Ellie copes with life is by having sex with random men, partying incessantly, sniffling drugs and a dead end job. Her life is going nowhere and she knows it.
The only way she survives is by hurting or bullying others who would see it for it's possibilities of goodness.
Now Flynn is a character I have never encountered before in other books. I mean, who writes and portrays a character suffering from asperger syndrome?
This book broke my heart.
Flynn is a boy who was denied something he craved. Friendship. But many knows that friendship can sometimes be found in unlikely places. This was what this book was about.
Can the bully and the bullied find common ground to find the meaning of trust, friendship and perhaps something more?
It's labelled as a contemporary romance. But this book is SO much more than that, I felt like it was a case study of the injustices of this world, of the prejudices and of the wrongs we humans, pan out to those we deem as 'unfortunate'.
In truth the unfortunate ones are us. this book offers you a real dose of reality.
Why i think this book is great and that's not because I'm majoring in sociology at university, but because I've seen people going through what Ellie has.
Ellie decides to change.
But can a person whose lived this way for so long, can she do such a drastic turn around?
Guess you'll just have to find out!
Now why i think this book isn't for everyone
1. There is a lot of sexual themes and scenes (though some are not descriptive). This book is trying to portray that they're hormonal teenagers who think sex is an easy avenue for love and that's the only way they believe they can attain love.
2. It has A LOT of cussing, the F-bombs grows rampant in this story.
3. It has a lot of alcohol and drug abuse and the results of it while facing pregnancy.
4. Bullying, Lots and lots, of heart breaking vileness and the horrors it causes.
6. Foster care horrors and pedophiles.
If you can't stomach that, and I must admit my stomach went queasy at a lot of it. Which is bad considering i want to be a youth worker! you may question yourself whether you really wanna go there.
Flynn's character opened my eyes to a lot of the prejudices i didn't know I had towards individuals with a disability! My gosh, i was mortified! He is an amazing person and yet...if he was real, I probably would never have tried to know him.
I remember when i was in middle years and there was a kid named Shane (ironic huh?) he had a disability and whilst i never bullied him and i was nerve rude, I didn't exactly try to be a friend to him...I regret that, he was probably a really nice person. (And by getting to know i don't mean in a romantic sense, not that there's anything bad with falling in love with an individual suffering from a syndrome or disability...see it's controversial!)
At the end of this book, i also wanted to go hug my cousin i haven't seen in years and apologise for that 10 year old me- who was too scared to talk to him because he had autism, and i didn't understand him and was to scared to try.
I know I was ten but it helped me see that prejudices suck and you should never allowed preconceived notions stop you from loving people (it doesn't have to be romantic love!)
yea this book is pretty full on.
Again i reiterate- it is not for everyone!
have a good read!
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This is an unusual love story, but a wonderful one. We all need that someone in our life who can 'reclaim the sand'. We also need to recognise that we cannot always define what is 'normal'.
This is my first experience of reading a story by Meredith Walters, it won't be my last.
I give it a 4.5 star rating - the writing could have been a little better.
I think the fact that the characters stayed consistent and imperfect throughout was very well done.
Flynn has Aspergers and Ellie is one truly messed up kid. The combination should not be a good one and it isn't to begin with. As the story develops this is brought to light. They are both older now but they are still struggling with the same issues but they are learning to cope and deal with them.
I liked the way Walters dealt with the Aspergers aspect. I liked the way Ellie's issues were dealt with too. They were both believable. The story dealt very sweetly with both characters.
The chemistry was lacking for me and the reality of the relationship between Ellie and Flynn would be EXTREMELY difficult. I liked how Walters made it sound like it COULD work.
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The first destroyed me, the twisted pleasure felt by these cold, calculating bullies was a difficult process to follow. I disliked them so much that it was impossible to feel any compassion towards them even though they came from deprived and broken family backgrounds. Thrown from foster home to home, these kids formed destructive friendships based solely on circumstance.
The second, well, lets just say that if any character can do a complete 360 and come out a brighter and better person, then it was this girl! Her transition was one worth investing the time in, and I’m so pleased I continued with Ellie and Flynn’s story.
Flynn is the new kid at school. Even at fifteen, his life is set to his wristwatch. Every movement is calculated, premeditated, a coping mechanism for his condition. Flynn has Asbergers, a form of autism. He does not communicate well and he cannot bear to be touched.
Ellie is just going through the motions. She is bitter, angry, an outcast. Her friends are just like her. They take their anger and inflict it on others who look down upon them. Flynn is different. He is a 'tard' and the 'new' entertainment, one who cannot fight back.
However, there is more to Flynn than meets the eye, only he lets Ellie see it when they form a secret friendship. She is ashamed of her so-called friends behaviour towards him, because in reality, he may be different but he understands how it feels to be an outcast and she feels a strange connection to that.
But when Ellie's friends start berating her of her connection to ‘Freaky Flynn’, it just makes her hurt more, and she takes it out on the boy who has ever cared for the neglected state child, destroying them both.
Jump six years later and Ellie is out of Juvie but still on probation. Her friends are still losers. The world is a dark place and the town she grew up in still a prison. A dead end. Then he walks in... the beautiful 22 year old man is a far cry from the scared young boy she left behind, and he's about to feed her a bout of harsh reality. Her past and present are about to collide; opening up to the idea of a future she believed may never exist.
Reclaiming the sand is a story of second chances, of hope and seeking forgiveness. It's a story of challenging love and complicated friendships. It is a tough read and you will want to punch one or two, or even four characters in the face, including Ellie, but in the end all it takes is a leap of faith and one man's honesty to open the door to endless possibilities.
Flynn is a true book hero in every sense of the word, and I feel privileged that he came into my life. Thank you, A. Meredith Walters for your flawless deliverance in this deeply powerful and challenging read that touched every emotion. My heart went through obstacles aplenty, but the storyline was unique, her characters complex and profound - albeit unpleasant at times, it made for one hell of a reading experience!
Ellie a mixed up toxic teenager meets Flynn who has Aspergers . Even though Ellie is attracted to Flynn she gives into her bullying tendencies and joins in with the gangs humiliation of him.
Years later when Ellie recognises that her life of drinking and drug taking is not what she wants she meets Flynn her nemesis.
Ellie and Flynn's friendship is rekindled and with his encouragement she goes to college. Slowly she starts to leave her teenager life behind and start a new life.
I felt sadness and anger on how vulnerable people are humiliated. And hope, happiness and redemption when mistakes are recognised.
I struggled with it in parts but i felt for these characters.
I understand Ellie may be a difficult character fir many to like but i felt her struggle. Does that mean i didn't want to throttle her. NO! She infuriated me at times but i had hope they could turn it around.
I have no experience with Aspergers but i have to say Flynn truly amazed me!
I truly admire A Meredith Walters, this was my first novel by this author but will not be the last!