BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW - PROGRESS BY AMALIE SILVER
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 intrigued me from the synopsis alone and I found myself lost in Jesse and Charlie’s story. 2 beautifully broken and lost souls that need help finding their way. Full of angst and heartbreak this story had me an emotional wreck. I cried for both characters on many of occasions and I also shouted through frustration at them too.
Charlie is overweight and has grown up believing she will never be enough. Continuously bullied and laughed at she finds herself looking for the good in everything and everyone. When someone like Jesse pays her attention she is obviously a little sceptical.
Jesse lives his life hitting incredible highs and crashing to rock bottom within the blink of an eye. He hasn’t had an easy life and carries around guilt and hate by the bucket load. Being manic depressive he always feels as if his life is a blur that was until Charlie hit his radar.
Together these two very different people engage on a friendship that helps them grow individually and together, however they are still very much toxic!!
This story shows us that the saying ‘actions speak louder than words’ isn’t always the case. Once words have been said they can never be taken back and they will forever be stored in the brain always reminding us of that one time.
With both characters growing and changing on so many different levels this book left me crying out for more. I should have maybe paid more attention to the fact it was book 1 then I wouldn’t have been so gutted when I realized the book had come to an end.
Amalie Silver resides in Minnesota with her husband, two toddlers, and German Short-haired Pointer, Saba. She consumes approximately three pots of coffee a day, and credits this for her survival over the past decade. When not completely consumed in her writing, she can be found taking road trips to northern Minnesota, engaging in fierce Scrabble games, or reading a good book. She’s a sucker for all romance genres, literary fiction, and psychological fiction.