What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe? Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn't expect - an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she's been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family's traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.
This audiobook is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content. Note: Due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+.
©2013 Jessica Park (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.
Let it be known that this is getting like a 4.75 stars instead of what is shown as a 4. Hopefully, Audible will offer it's customer base the ability to fraction stars in the new look. Anyway, this is a powerful story of the struggle to deal with, work through, handle, manage or otherwise grow through not only tragic loss (Blythe's parents) but also unspeakable abuse (Christopher's family). How their lives cross paths, only to grow together, fall apart and move forward is a beautifully conceived story full of twists and turns that will have your heart racing and your emotions at the surface. The ONLY issue (which prevented the full on 5 stars) FOR ME was the over-done sexual encounters. After the first 10 or so, it got old and felt gratuitous; how many times do I need to read Christopher say "I want to hear you come" before it gets redundant and meaningless. Don't get me wrong, I'm no prude and enjoy erotic and sensual encounters a LOT but this was just over the top. With such a strong STORY of loss, love, loss, love and redemption, the sexual abundance did not add substance or meaning. This story was extremely moving and so beautifully crafted, don't let my wariness of the sexual content stop you from listening to it. Heck, I listened ALL NIGHT long to finish it--just could NOT stop until the story was done.
The characters of Blythe, Christopher, Sabin (perhaps my favorite character), Estelle, and Eric were so richly written and performed, I felt like I knew them and ached so for them.
About the narrator, reader, performer...Arielle DeLisle, well, I have one word for her. MAGNIFICENT. She handled many voices with ease, individuality, emotion, depth, believability and substance. As we who are devotees of the spoken book, the narrator can make or break. In this instance, Ms. DeLisle ABSOLUTELY MADE this book.
This is a very very worthy read.
This was not the story I was expecting when I started but I was amazed by it. Very rarely do I find a book /narrator combo that takes my heart and refuses to let go. I experienced every moment along with the characters.
This audiobook felt like it took forever. I couldn't wait for it to be over. While the narration was okay, the story was just awful. I am hard pressed to find 2 main characters that I wished went their separate ways at the end of the book. I didn't buy into their relationship at all. What a disappointing book to listen to after Flat out love.
Blythe McGuire is going through the motion of college, trying her best not to let her depression get the best of her. Blythe and her brother James lost their parents in a tragedy and the loss threw her in a tailspin.
Blythe's senior year she met Christopher Shepherd, a guy who seemed to understand and share her pain. Chris also lost his mother in a tragic accident and these two lonely hearts connected...or so Blythe thought.
See Chris told Blythe he doesn't do relationships, and Blythe thought she could handle the friends with benefits. But feelings emerged as they often do in these types of relationships. What will Blythe do when she knows Christopher isn't the "settling down" type?
My issue with this book was that Blythe was (besides being generally pathetic) emotionally all over the place. First of all, Blythe would tell Chris she wasn't looking for a boyfriend or a commitment, but in the next sentence, she would say that her and Chris are so connected. Blythe said she didn't believe in marriage, next breath Chris and my time will come. She was just so emotionally unstable. I felt like she couldn't tell lust from love.
Christopher was such a douchebag. He was a liar and a cheat, his reasons just were not good enough for his behavior.
Blythe's chasing after someone who was supposed to be a friend and treated her so callously, when she claimed she had grown stronger just perplexed me. He was just a user and bad guy to me. A lot of people had abusive parents but they don't treat people and lie by omission like he did. His behavior was appalling and disrespectful of a friendship.
I am so thankful I read Flat Out Love, Flat out Matt or I would have thought this author was a mediocre writer. Her characters in this book were not developed well and hard to like. I was truly disappointed with this one.
Way less sex, swearing & anger towards God
All three....mostly disappointment...had to fast forward through 50% of the chapters just to get to the story and past all the long nonstop sex scenes
To bad the Author had to fall back on sex to fill her story & draw readers....it could have been so much better! Waste of my money....unless thats what you like!
The family bond, helping each other get through tough life changing turmoil.
There are serious intimate sexual details described in the book. For me bordered on too much.
One of the only books I have felt required a second listen.
This is my first book in this genre. Nothing to compare it to.
She was awesome. Period. I have over 150 books in my library and this has got to be in the top 10, maybe top 5, of all the narators I've listened to. Something about her portrayal of "Blythe" really moved me.
When Blythe says goodbye to Chris in the laundry room, tells him how she feels about him and the choice he's made. When Blythe found Chris with the other girl I actually felt my own stomach fall through my feet.
I bought this book on sale because I typically stick to the mystery/thriller group and wanted something outside of what I normally listen to. What a surprise. Yes, some of the erotic scenes get a little over the top but for the most part were very well done and did a great job of describing the intense feelings these people have for each other. This book actualy transported me back to my early twenties. When relationships and sex are all new and you can seriously see how spending 5 days locked in a hotel room sounds like the best plan ever. The story also did a great job showing how people can be seriously wounded by events way outside of their control and how they can find a way back. This book was a terrific listen on many different levels. Once I started it I had to keep going until the end. I actually felt a bit depressed when it was over.
This was a magnificent read! I was taken on an emotional and gripping Rollercoaster ride. I always look forward to reading Ms. Park's books, the way she expresses the characters feelings is outstanding. I literally feel it as I read it. I really enjoyed the interaction amongst the siblings and how they rallied together.
Let those who you love know today, tomorrow is not promised! Life experience, Mishawn
All the characters were great. Well written with great peeks that keep you wondering What??? Why??? The Stevens family is so much like a lot of families though out the world and it's great how you can always count on never being in control. Great love scene's and graphic enough to make you feel as if you were there. Jessica Park and Arielle De Lisle both did a great job!
Heart-stoppingly beautiful. From the start, my thoughts were spot on the moment I heard the 1st story. My thoughts were so inline and I didn't even know it. Which was quite surprising in the end.
But, this was really intense. Both stories were very sad, but Chris' story was more than I could take. Yet...it all worked out in the end. Couldn't ask for anything more, honestly.
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