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True Love Way Audiobook

True Love Way

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Publisher's Summary

Some days are brighter than others, but Penelope Finnel has been taught she can be invisible behind the colored lenses of her heart-shaped sunglasses.

Her mind is her worst enemy, and simply waking up in the morning is risky. For a kid like her, staying in bed is easier, especially when the day has come to start school in a new town with new kids who don’t understand that the clouds are not the only reason everything is so gloomy.

Dillon Decker is a typical boy from a typical small town who radiates light and happiness. Under the hovering glare from her father, Dillon leads Penelope around on his bicycle’s handlebars, hoping he is the cure to her madness.

But when friend turns to lover, and lover turns to caretaker, how much can either of them tolerate before they’re swallowed whole? A story about moving trucks and rollerblades, candy for smiles, and notes across lawns. First loves and the struggle to keep it sane. The true love way.

©2015 Mary Elizabeth (P)2016 Mary Elizabeth

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    Misty 08-24-16
    Misty 08-24-16 Member Since 2015

    Too busy to read as much as I'd like, Audible is the perfect solution. I'm a romance reader mostly, but can stray into any story.

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    "Audio that shines"

    First the story... Mary Elizabeth wrote a beautiful book about parental struggles, childhood sweethearts, mental illness and unconditional love.

    I laughed and I cried as I rode this emotional roller coaster. My favorite parts were the way Pen's dad protected her. I laughed every time he would yell at Dillon. There was a lot of uncomfortable moments as the reader is exposed to mental illness and the difficult choices that Pen's parents have to make and how much Dillon would accept.


    I absolutely loved every minute of this audio. I have read the book previously and sometimes I get nervous that the audio won't live up to the written word. I didn't need to worry with this book. Jeff Hays does an amazing job, especially with how many different characters he had to portray. I was thoroughly impressed.

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 09-23-16
    Lori 09-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "True Love Way"
    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book by Mary Elizabeth that I have listened to, and while they may not be at the top of my list for favorite books I can say that they were both unique, creative and unusual.

    While I listen to a lot of romance stories this was completely different from any that I have listened to before. The story was a bit slow in the beginning to and it took me a while to really get interested in the story. Although the story was an interesting, entertaining and unusual listen, for me it was also kind of depressing.

    It takes a special kind of person , one with patience, understanding and unconditional love to be able to continually stand by someone who has a sickness or mental disorder. When that person is "the one" you will do whatever it takes to love and support them.
    Couldn't help but feel bad for Dillon. He never knew from day to day which Penelope he was going to get. That's one heck of an emotional roller-coaster. Dillon definitely carried the relationship. Loved Penelope's dad.

    Jeff Hays does a great job with the narration as usual. Good character voices. While he is one of my favorite narrators for this book I think dual narration would have been a better fit. Voice for Penelope's dad was fantastic. He was able to bring the emotions of the characters to life.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for n unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zandalee 09-19-16
    Zandalee 09-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    ""It's me, not you""
    Would you try another book from Mary Elizabeth and/or Jeff Hays?

    I would listen to another book narrated by Jeff Hays


    Any additional comments?

    I understand what the author’s intention was with this story and if the reviews and high ratings are any indication, she accomplished it. For me though, there was a case of “it’s me, not you” with this novel. While I appreciated the story and saw the beauty shine through at certain moments, I couldn’t get the full effect. I couldn’t connect to the characters and their story on a deeper level.

    What bothered me the most was the emotional abuse that Dillon endured at the hands of Penelope and her illness. It was very difficult to read through their interactions when it wasn’t all sunshine and roses (which seemed like only 5% of their relationship). Their relationship was not healthy at all and the codependency didn’t send out a positive message.

    I wanted to know more about just Penelope and just Dillon. Yet all I got was Penelope and Dillon. Never independent of each other. The two characters I felt most connected to were Dillon and the father of Penelope, but most of what I was feeling was sympathy and pity for them.
    Both the plot and character development was very staccato. I didn’t feel like it really had a steadily increasing tempo, which caused the overall story to fall flat.

    The quirks within the story itself, however, did manage to brighten it all up. There was a high amount of angst, and the writing flowed.

    Yet again, the ending was especially unsettling. It tied up too neatly and that was just not realistic. Penelope’s illness was clearly not an easy one to manage and their situation in the end was highly implausible in my eyes. Also, I saw the 5 different epilogues unnecessary when they could’ve just been regular chapters.


    *I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zara Quintana 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Story of those with Depression!"
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    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast. I was very impressed with how the author depicted those who suffer from depression along with their loved ones and others around them. I have suffered from depression and high anxiety since childhood (although not to the extreme of this character) and could relate to this story. The author did an excellent job bringing the characters and story to life. My only suggestion to the publishers would be that if you have a female POV in a book, it should be narrated by a female character. Jeff Hays did an excellent job performing the female POV, but I am a believer that a female performer helps the listener transition between characters much better, and that it only helps to enter the authors' depicted world much easier. I loved this audiobook and highly recommend it! 5 Stars!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 09-10-16
    Jonathan 09-10-16
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    "Not my typical cup, but it went down smooth..."
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    Like I said, this kind of story (love stories) aren't what I'm interested in. I'm usually into the detective, or spy, or even science fiction to fantasy genres. Love stories? No. Something about this book just caught my attention. Maybe it was that it was being portrayed in a more realistic light, I don't know. This was a cute story. It took me through the gantlet of emotions. I felt longing, pride, sadness, anger, betrayal, and um..."happy." Mary Elizabeth knows how to pull the right emotion at the right time. My only con is this...five epilogs? Really? That was a distraction near the end that kind of disentangled me from the web a little before things wrapped up. Two I understand from the back and forth the story did naturally. Hayes' performance was nearly perfect at allowing us to realize the characters.

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lo 09-05-16
    Lo 09-05-16
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    "Great read and listen"

    Firstly, I enjoyed the book of TLW so listening to it come to life was a joy.

    Jeff Hays did such a good job of bringing the book to life, there wasn't a character he couldn't do.

    I think I cried and laughed more while listening to this audiobook than I did while reading it and that's saying something!!

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maria 08-31-16
    Maria 08-31-16
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    "1st True Love"
    Where does True Love Way rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5Beautifully written, it took me back to those early days when your first love was everything. When you thought your life would end if you couldn't be with that person forever.


    What other book might you compare True Love Way to and why?

    As far as that first love aspect I would say Bully & Revil by Penelope Douglas, that young special pure first love.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Hays – was your favorite?

    Honestly I can't choose just one, I am blown away by Jeff Hays talent I can't believe how many charators he performed in this book. He was outstanding, ok maybe Penelope's mum and dad, no can't choose I loved them all.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes when Dillon came to the realisation that he couldn't live without Pen,not matter what had happened between them in the past. And most importantly knowing what he would have to endure by wanting her in his life/future


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cali Reader 09-01-16
    Cali Reader 09-01-16
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    "started slow but got good"

    I wasn't expecting it to start from the pov of a 12yo. That kinda set me in the wrong direction because I wasn't looking for a kid book. But, it did eventually pick up and get to the more serious topics like depression and love and pain. I enjoyed it and the performer did a great job.I laughed and cried. ;-)

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    shoe girl 08-31-16
    shoe girl 08-31-16 Member Since 2016

    I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!

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    "great book!"

    This is a good book. You will laugh and cry during it. It is very worth the read. The narrator did an excellent job bringing this story to life! and it worth the listen!
    as did the writer!
    I was gratefully provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audio Boom..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MayJade 08-29-16
    MayJade 08-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just not the book for me"
    Would you try another book from Mary Elizabeth and/or Jeff Hays?

    I would consider narration from Jeff Hays


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Elizabeth again?

    While this wasn't the book for me, if the book came highly recommend if consider a different one.


    What three words best describe Jeff Hays’s performance?

    The only reason I was able to get through this book was the narration.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book, unfortunately it wasn't the book for me. It was a rather depressing story and I felt that the love was one sided. While I didn't care for Penelope I enjoyed Dillon and Penelope's father and the banter they shared. I can also appreciate the commitment of Pen's family through her struggles.

    While I didn't personally enjoy this book due to the story line, others may. The writing itself wasn't bad and with a different (more uplifting) storyline I could attempt to read this author again.

    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Didn't want to put it down"
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    This is a true coming of age story beginning with bubblegum and bicycles, skinned knees and roaming the streets until dark. Young love just entering 8th grade. We follow their lives as they progress, with the regular ups and downs but also with Pen and her constant battle with depression, the daily struggle just to get out of bed and how she is able to overcome it.
    If you have any experience with depression in your own life, you will probably see similarities. If not, it's very good at explaining why 'Aunt Jill' does some of the things she does.

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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