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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.


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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,103 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 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 Heartwarming and Heartwrenching at the Same Time 2 September 2014
By TiffanyReadz - Published on
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What a fantastically sad book that takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride as these two broken, scarred people learn how to live and love again. We learn in the blurb of the book that Parker has survived an awful attack and Everett is dying. What a nasty combination this makes on paper, but in their real life it somehow works. Well, kind of.

Parker hasn't had the best childhood, bounced around from foster home to foster home, so she isn't really good at building relationships or expressing feelings. After her attack it's even worse, she doesn't feel at all. She is just indifferent. Going through the motions of life, working and going to school. The most interesting thing she does is people watch, so when the unknown text came through that night she decided to try something different for once.

Everett was looking to meet Sarah and got Parker instead. He is a guy trying to get the most out of what time he last left. Seeing Parker as a challenge, he accepts and the game is on.

The verbal jabs between these two are what makes the book work. Neither is afraid to say what they are thinking about the other and I found it refreshing. Even with a time limit, Everett shows Parker how much she is missing by living life the way she does. He is losing his life and wants to show her how to embrace hers before it's too late.

While there are plenty of insults, eventually Parker and Everett realize they can't keep denying what is right in front of them and do before it's too late. The book pulls at your heartstrings with lines like this:

"I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you." It was the truth, and it was painful to say, to admit. "Isn't it enough to spend the rest of mine with you?" he asked, his eyes pleading. "No. It's not." I rubbed a hand over my face. "I don't want to be in a world where you don't exist."

Ugh, cue the tissues. So stinking sweet and sad all at once. You just didn't know what way you wanted it to all go after hearing Everett's entire story. So I will end the review here as to not spoil any of the beautiful and tragic plot lines. The book is well written and if you are the sensitive type, be ready to cry for these tragic lovebirds.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 out of 5 Stars 3 November 2014
By Anaïs Neumann - Published on
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Parker sees life with total indifference. She has no desire to make a dent in this world, and is content with people-watching, as long as she doesn’t have to open up to anybody. Yet, on night, she gets a message on her phone, addressed to the wrong number, and decided to be bold and go with it.

What she doesn’t expect is to meet Everett, a rude, pushy and arrogant guy who she can’t help feeling attracted to. And she soon learns that Everett is dying from cancer, but made it his mission live life to the fullest while he still can. And he also made it his mission to force her to stop slowly dying inside

This is the story of two total opposites making each other complete, and helping each other heal. Everett is dying. He knows it, and he has come to terms with it - this is why he wants to make the most out of his last days. Parker, on the other hand, let one unfortunate event define her, and while she doesn’t have a life-threatening disease like Everett does, she’s still giving up on life and spends her days without actually living.

Everett’s only goal is to make her see that she is wasting her life away. He is literally looking to capture the sweet moments (and memories) in life, rather than living a long life. Because without the sweet moments in it, a life is not worth living - and that’s what he wants to teach Parker.

And while Parker is totally numb at the beginning of the book, she warms up to Everett’s view of life and is brought back into a state of actually wanting to share those sweet moments with Everett, and actually wanting to fight for this, and more.

This is also a road-trip story (one of my favourite types of stories), and to me, this book inevitably brought up some good memories of The Edge of Never, which is definitely a good thing. The whole book is very poetic and many quotes in this book are valuable words of wisdom. The end was a bit foreseeable but it didn’t change the whole effect and morale of the story one bit. God, this was actually one of the vey rare emotional reads where you just can’t help crying because you are feeling so deeply for the characters, especially for Everett - and not just because he is dying but because he holds so much wisdom and still, in some ways, hope.

This definitely sounds like an extremely sad story, judging from the blurb, and some of you might think it will be as heart-wrenching as The Fault in Our Stars or any other likely book, but believe me, while this book is indeed tear-threatening, it will not throw you off the cliff with a devastating ending.

I definitely recommend this book for a heart-felt, gut wrenching but still steamy read!
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ✰5 Deliciously Wicked Stars✰ ~ Ten Times Better Than Any Book You've Read This Year~ 30 August 2014
By Cassia Brightmore - Published on
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Words are a powerful thing. They can destroy you, devastate you, teach you and heal you. While reading this book, I experienced all of these emotions - from the ugly cry (you know the one, gasping for air, sobbing out loud) all the way to the little explosions of happiness. Whitney Barbetti is a powerhouse writer, she has the ability to make readers feel, and she does it while delivering a message that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Life is not an easy journey. Although we may sometimes feel its better to hide our true selves from the outside world to avoid feeling any pain, we are only causing ourselves to suffer. To miss out on everything this world and the people in it have to offer. This is the lesson behind this book, and its one that the characters learn the hard way.

Parker Sloane is a loner. Her rough start to life leaves fingerprint impressions on her soul, causing her heart to harden and an invisible wall to surround her. She lets noone get close to her, and more importantly, she doesn’t care. Completely indifferent, she drifts through life. Her goal is to finish college - she’s desperate for financial stability, for the control that it will offer her. The only person she could loosely call a friend is Mira - the woman who saved her from a brutal attempt on her life 3 years earlier. An attack that left her as scarred on the inside as it did on the outside, and further cemented the wall around her heart. During a moment of weakness, she responds to a text message from a stranger meant for another and makes the impulsive decision to meet him at a local bar.

Everett completed captured my heart. He also pissed me off terribly, had me screaming at my book and bawling my eyes out like a baby. In short, Everett put me through a tornado of emotions. Diagnosed with cancer for the 3rd time, he has given up the fight and instead chooses to spend the time he has left searching for his “one sweet moment.” When Parker shows up at the bar instead of the girl he was expecting, he is intrigued. The two have mutual feelings of liking each other, but not liking each other at the same time. They quickly recognize that they are two broken souls, Everett is in all black attire, Parker with her uncaring manner. The dialogue between them had me outright laughing at parts, and tears streaming down my face at others. Everett pushes Parker’s buttons, he tests her boundaries and refuses to let her push him away. Determined to further push the limits, he convinces her to embark on a road trip with him..

Now I know that some will say, how can a girl accept an invitation for a road trip from a guy she just met, a guy’s whose last name she doesn’t even know? Some will say she was stupid etc etc. For me, it stayed true to who Parker is in those moments. A girl with no intimate connections, a girl who prides herself on space and spent the first 18 years of her life in foster homes..that’s just who she was. Thinking to learn someone’s full name never occurs to her, as she hasn’t had to care before. She is who she is. All across the states the two begin to learn and explore more about each other - each pushing the other to reveal more secrets, more pieces of themselves.

Everett shows Parker how to live, with each passing moment we watch her come more and more to life, we are apart of the journey with them as she experiences real emotions - anger, happiness, lust and finally - love. Its poignant, heartbreaking and just so damn good. Everett got to me every time he wrote in his notebook, recording all of their moments together. When he gave Parker her first hug, I could literally feel my heart crying for her, when she finally realizes she cares for him and begs him to fight for his life - I kicked and screamed at him to do the same. I was literally in this book with them.

How do you go back to not caring after your heart has been healed? Everett’s mission was to prove to Parker that she was more than just a cold hearted ten below zero girl, once he succeeds, will either of them ever be the same?

As I said, words have power. And this book has the power to either break your heart or heal it, but the point will feel. A peek at Parker’s first hug:

My heart skipped several beats and my breathing returned to normal as I settled in. It was the nicest thing I’d felt in years. Who knew that two arms wrapped around you could feel so completely right?

xo Cassia
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring tissues... and popcorn... and a compass! This book had me going in circles with emotion. 30 April 2015
By Audra Adkins - Published on
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I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK! There is nothing better to me, than when one of your favorite authors tells you... YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! I was so startled by how this book just crept up on me.

"Some of us have scars that aren't meant to be seen."

This story was full of all kinds of feels... sadness, laughter, hope, you name it! They flowed so seamlessly, and as I got further into this book, I fell more in love with Everett and Parker. I loved the carefree, get up and go... but I constantly wondered if they were going somewhere or running away.

Without spoiling things, the end just totally threw me for a loop. I think that's why I really loved it so much! I love a story where I wasn't expecting to be thrown. And Ten Below Zero certainly did it again. I've never read books by this author before, so you can be sure I'm adding her name to my one-click list!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 HEART WRENCHING STARS! 2 September 2015
By Wendy ✦●•CCBH Blogger•●✦ - Published on
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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.

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