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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: 560 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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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,731 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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