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Ten Below Zero by [Barbetti, Whitney]
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“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you're ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he's dying.

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WARNING: This is not a story about two happy people who fall easily into love. This is a story about two broken people who find one another - and don't necessarily like each other. These characters are blunt, rude, and at times annoying. They are broken and sheltered and vulnerable.



This book has violence, sexual situations, and harsh language and is not recommended for those under 17.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 771 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Whitney Barbetti (25 August 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00N272BRS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Karen's Book Haven TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 September 2014
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Ten below Zero by Whitney Barbetti
4.5 stars
I haven’t felt this way about a book since The Fault in Our Stars. I LOVED this book from the first paragraph and it just kept getting better and better. The lump in the throat also got bigger and bigger.
This is a book about death, but more about life. It’s been masterfully written about people who just go through life just existing are no better than those who are dead. This book is both beautifully haunting and sad as it is uplifting and inspiring.
Parker is a survivor. A bitter survivor but a survivor. Everett is a stranger but knows how to push her buttons to bring out the worst, which is actually her best. He’s managed to bring her from existing – to living. Everett has his own demons and is heartbreakingly worn down.
Original characters, original voice and the ending - just divine. I honestly predicted a different ending. So I sat there, wiping my cheeks dry, thinking how am I going to review this – and I can only say I need everyone to read this book so I have someone to discuss it with. This book is truly a glaring reminder that there is always something to be grateful for.
This would have been five full stars but there was just one character I wasn’t sure about – Mira. The story didn’t need her in it. If anything, it raised questions for me that go unanswered.
As you know, I don’t do spoilers but I’m sure Parker would tell me … that’s just rude 

Karen @karensbookhaven
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Well written and an unusual story it just didn't grab me like it seemed it did everyone else, and that I am suprised by. I thought it was just way too slow to start - at least for me and I found it a little boring, BUT I was intrigued to find out what happens to these two unlikely characters.
Everett and Parker meet by chance through a mistaken text sent to her by mistake. Parker was attacked brutally a few years previous and she is damaged and cut off, she doesn't put herself out there as to avoid any feelings she might have. She is basically numb, she doesn't want to feel because feeling can equal hurt and pain.
Everett makes it his ambition to make her "feel" again with his quirky ways, he is stubborn, in fact they both are. They grow on each other over time and we get to experience life and love in all its unusual forms in how they both deal with each other and how they grow. But Everett is hiding a secret and only time will tell if Parker will cope with this new found information.
I have read some amazing "feel good" books, full of emotion that makes you feel as if your heart will burst, but this book is lacking in enough emotion if anything - that is it's fault - at least for me. I just wanted to feel more, love more , hurt more and it didn't deliver what I was hoping for. The second part of the book definitely picked up pace and redeemed itself, and if more feeling and emotion had been invested in this book, it would of been near perfect !!
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I was honoured with being gifted an ARC before this was released. My first ever advance copy and to say I was excited was an understatement! I loved Whitney's debut novel He Found ME so I knew I was going to receive a great read.
What I didn't expect was the emotions I was going to be hit with...like a virtual slap to the face and my heart yanked out and ripped apart a thousand times over (Holy shizzels this woman has a way with words)
Many of you out there will read this and think Parker has had a rough life, she is the way she is because of the lack of love she has been shown and a horrific tragedy she experienced. She is a survivor, not a victim. It is a hard thing to portray and Whitney successfully pulled it off.
Others may feel that Everett is an ass, and selfish because he is not thinking of his loved ones but just himself. Let me tell you that Everett's story is real. The events that are displayed in this book are actual instances that have occurred and I can not get over the exact description detailed because I know them all to well. He is an ass for a reason. He wasn't born that way, but it's how he was left over medical circumstance. Why do I know this? Because it happened to my brother. Reading Everett's story was like reading my brother's anguish, turmoil, with an unknown future. To loose a part of yourself that you could possibly never get back. The medical descriptions are exactly how it is experienced, and as you read this story you will understand.
For us, myself and much like Everett's family and even Parker, our first reaction to Everett's decision (and my brothers) we feel he is being selfish. He is not thinking of his loved ones but only himself. His choice is ripping apart everyone who loves him. But it is us who are being the selfish ones.
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This book was gifted to me by a friend who thought I might enjoy it, she is trying to get me to change my reading habits. I was captivated withing the first few pages! What a touching story! The interplay between Parker and Elliot seems so real! Parker was attacked and has a scar on her face and arm. She has closed herself off from her feelings and the world. Elliot's cancer has returned and he has decided not to seek treatment, but to live the rest of his days, however many there are, the best he can. Elliot sends a text but he sends it to the wrong number and Parker receives it. They meet and Elliot makes it is mission to make Parker live! But what happens when Parker and he fall in love? Awesome story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 HEART WRENCHING STARS! 2 September 2015
By Wendy •CCBH Blogger• - Published on Amazon.com
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Ten Below Zero will have you clinging to live and wanting to explore the world.

There's so much I want to say, but at the same time so little because any detail will give away the beauty behind this heartbreaking story.

All I know is that my heart fell in love with Everett and Parker. Both were lost souls that found each other when they needed it the most. They became each other's strength, and Everett showed Parker how to live while Parker showed Everett how to fight.

Be prepared to embark on a journey of self discovery, acceptance and overall healing. You learn and grow alongside these wonderful characters. It was one of those stories that will have you feeling so many emotions and at times you become frustrated. Whitney! How dare you put water in my eyes! Thank you for this beautiful story of learning to live and showing us how powerful love can be.
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Ten Below Zero Stars 9 November 2016
By Pam Audio-Fanatic - Published on Amazon.com
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Seriously this book, if you have it on your TBR list…move it up because wow. I am blown away at how fantastic it was. All the feels the twists, just the raw emotions. Just a must read book if I ever read one before.

Parker phew so much to say about her, without giving too much away but I will try. She is raw, she is hiding with in herself and she doesn't even know it. She has so much but she exits in life she doesn't live. She thinks of herself as indifferent but that’s so far from it.

Meeting Everett was one of the best things to have happen to her, I say one of the best because the best thing was her having the courage to open up even if she didn't realize she was doing it.

Everett is going to break your hearts, in good and bad ways. This book is going to stick with me for so long because the connection these two have it’s unreal. It’s as if they heal each other. Meant to be and all that jazz.

The audiobook is Fan-Freaking-Tastic, I wasn't sure if I was going to like the narration because it’s so raw so unemotional for most of it, but it’s perfect for the book. Natasha Soudek was Parker in my eyes. I am blown away again because it was just so damn good.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite book! (No spoilers) 3 March 2017
By Cassie - Published on Amazon.com
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I am completely serious when I say this is one of my new favorite books. This will be added to my short list of books that I re read.

I never wanted to put this book down. I wanted to devour it from the beginning. I was drawn to the characters and wanted to know their stories. I became emotionally involved with them and went on their emotional rollercoaster with them.

After I finished the book I couldn't write my review right away. I wanted to think about what I said. I usually just write "its a good book" "I recommend reading this book". But with what Whitney Barbetti was able to create in Ten Below Zero is amazing. It's not only a good book, it's a must read. I don't just recommend that you read it, I demand that you read it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars . . . 14 April 2015
By Kristin D - Published on Amazon.com
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This is probably one of the most difficult reviews I've ever written. I fell completely, utterly, 100% in love with this story from the beginning. The characters had a spark that ignited my soul on such a deep level and I never wanted the story to end. I could feel Parker's indifference to life begin to fade and could not wait to see how she broke down her self-imposed, steel-enforced walls. I loved seeing the interactions between Parker and Everett. I laughed at their banter and wished I could find them & become friends with them both.

The only problem I had with this book, and it's a big one, is that the editing just kind of petered out midway through the book. The first half only had a few errors, but the last half had multiple. Per page. It started to detract from the beautiful story and at that point, I began to actually get pissed off. I was pissed off because this book is phenomenal. Seriously, it is by far my favorite book of the year, and will probably have no problems remaining in that spot. This story is so gut-wrenching, so touching, so powerful. It needs to be devoured by everyone I know.

I hate that I can't give it 5 stars, but with so many editing errors, I just can't give it that last star. On the story and content, it's a 10. I love it that much. I only hope that the author will seek out experienced beta readers and a good editor for any future books. I will most definitely be following the author and cannot wait to see the progress.
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy angst. Love. Remarkable. 7 October 2015
By NiWooten - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Ten below zero ripped my heart out, stomped on it, and sewed it back together again. This story was so much more than just words on a page, more than a love story, more then something just to read, this story was incredible, better than any I've ever read before. TBZ is one of those books that you need to read by yourself and in one sitting because this book was an attention getter I mean a sole attention getter. When an author makes a book into something that draws your attention, draws your emotions, and draws your love into her writing you can't do anything but give your whole to this book, because let's face it, the author deserves it. I actually learned a lesson from this book. They've always said it but this book nailed the coffin home. You just have to be careful because you never know when life will change, you never know from one second to the next how something's going to go and you never know when you won't have time to do what you should have been doing the whole time. So, what I got from this book was to live, to actually live your life and do fun things and don't just let the days pass you by because you never know. It's not just about you living but the people around you, too. The characters in this book were true in every sense of the word. They didn't shade you from the truth and I absolutely LOVED that. Parker has had a very rough life, from the get go. And Everett, his life sprung him a leak when he was a teenager. These have been my favorite characters by far. I highly, highly, highly suggest this book. Please do yourself a favor and jump in feet first. You will NEVER regret it, EVER!

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