Ariana is finally ready to graduate and get a new start at the University of Georgia. But she never expects to meet someone as perfect as Lucas at the beginning of senior year.
Lucas is everything Ariana could ever want in a guy, but he can't be a part of Ariana's new start, not when his family needs him at home.
To make matters worse, Ariana's not sure she can afford to go to UGA herself.
Or if she'll be able to get in.
Ariana will have to choose...
Because she knows she can't have it all.
Ariana quickly realizes Lucas's ex would love to see her gone, but she's ready to fight for what they have.
Will she have to live with the regret of giving up on her dream school? Or will she sacrifice the guy who's captured her heart?
Please note: this book is intended for listeners aged 14+ due to some cursing/sexual situations.
©2012 Yesenia Vargas (P)2016 Yesenia Vargas
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Teen & YA Fiction are some of my favorite genres. This story is pretty laid back and if you enjoy listening to the normal everyday lives of teens you will enjoy this book.
I have listened to so many books in this genre but this one was too slow for me. Not much happens in the story then it fast forwards almost 4 years at the end and wraps up with a HEA.
It is cool to have some Spanish mixed in there and the characters were ok but I was not drawn into the story.
The narrator did an Ok job. I found it to be quite slow and sped it up a bit.
**This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion**
I liked it enough that I will continue the journey with book two. It is a cute love story.
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Of course, when you read the book, not always able to submit before the end of the emotions and feelings of the characters. Ramona was perfectly able to transfer them. So far I am impressed.
I liked the parallel love lines. Emotionality, which could fill a book. This is incredible!
A lot of memorable scenes. I will allocate one of the favorite when Ariana and Lucas were talking in a Mexican café.
Of course! The book captures!
I want to wish success to the author. We look forward to the continued cooperation of such talented people.
I dream about you wide awake in my armsIt’s the last time I sleep alone dreaming of you in my armsI’ll kiss you every day & every night
Oh uh how should I start?
Not a good choice in the narrator... bad, bad. Well maybe the reading material wasn't interesting enough... Let me explain. It took me more time to understand the story, it was like the characters were just bored to death... and that's so bad for the book.
I missed out on emotion, a very important part for an audiobook, right?
I was struggling to read it to the end.
Another bad thing for me, maybe I'm not used to it, but, repeating every character's name in the same sentence, easy to get lost in the words.
Ariana did this, Lucas said that... All I know is that Ariana doesn' t stop talking about college.
And it's all I know, not so much for the details, some kind of plot... was it a plot? It wasn't captivating me.
High school drama felt like middle school drama. What to expect from a teenage love?
Girl meets boy. Some highs and lows. Girl loses boy. Then live happily ever after. The end.
Nothing special or different, maybe I was expecting more?
I feel bad reviewing this, maybe if I read it instead of listening to it I would be more enthusiast now.
I had a hard time finishing this book. I had to listen in spurts. Nothing really happens in the story. Nothing. Except typical high school things. I kept waiting for something to happen. The last half hour of the book has the most excitement of the whole book.
The beginning stages of a relationship and the feelings most young girls feel. The insecurities, the hope, the excitement, the whole range of emotions. Then the changing emotions and stronger bond that evolves when a relationship grows. The struggles of a long distance relationship. The heartbreak and the eventual HEA.
Actually they are in high school for most of the book but at times it reads like they are in middle school. The characters just act too immature and naïve. It's summer, they are 18 and have graduated high school and their parents still dictate when they can see each other alone or in a group. This is just not realistic.
There is to much time spent on describing meaningless things like food, her inner dialogue of thought, everyday mundane things like where she likes to sit on a bus just to name a few.
Ramona Master does an okay job with the narration. Pleasant voice that fits the character's age. She has some good character voices. She has a voice that could be great for audiobooks with a little work. Her inflection is on the wrong words this effects the flow of the story. The narration does not flow smoothly, it's choppy. She's reading the sentence and then pauses awkwardly at the end of a sentence when she has to move her eyes down the page to the next line.
If I had purchased the book I would have returned it.
This audiobook was voluntarily provided by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
Avid listener while doing everything from chasing after my toddler to running errands. Fan of all Romance, PRN & fantasy, mystery thrillers.
Yes. It was probably one of the most honest portrayals of how life isn't always what you think it will be
The part when Lucas did a selfless deed by letting things go.
She did a great job, her voice for Ariana perfectly and she does great showing the emotions of the characters. Her male voice needs work though.
The entire story had emotionally moving moments. It was a very real subject and definitely a situation that many people have faced.
I loved the story, it was realistically portrayed for the most part. It had some angsty parts, but nothing that was over the top dramatic. My only hang up is the last few chapters. They skip a head in time a number of years, and while time has passed there is no significant marking of the characters having changed or rather grown up some in that time. They still speak like teens and not so much like newly minted adults. Otherwise it was a great listen and good for the age group of a YA reader/listener. I received this audiobook from audiobook boom for free for my unbiased review.
I am a fun loving mom that enjoys a great Book!! I'm happy to have Audible with a busy life it makes it so easy to still get lost in a book!
FUN STORY, Cute little story!! I love the little snippets in Spanish! I bumped the narration speed up to 1.10 It helped cause it seemed like the her voice was a bit slow but that fixed it!! I will definitely read/Listen to the next book!! 1 THING I WISH IS THE 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE SHOULD'VE HAD MORE WRITTEN I FEEL LIKE SOME PARTS WERE A BIT DRAGGED OUT LIKE DESCRIBING ALL THE FOOD BUT THEN SKIPPING YEARS AT A TIME!!
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.
I thought this story was really very sweet. Coming of age meets first love. Ariana has had one dream forever, will she chase that dream or find a new dream with her first love? I loved the Mexican influences as not many audiobooks venture into cultures.
Ramona has a fantastic voice for audio's, my only critique would be that she needs to slow down between characters speaking to create separation. I like her pauses but occasionally she placed them awkwardly.
I received this audiobook from the narrator, author or publisher in exchange for my unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
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Without You: Book 1 in the Changing Hearts Series (The Changing Hearts Series #1)
by Yesenia Vargas
It saddens me when I have to give a book a rating under three, but such is the case with this book.
I try and preview YA books for our high school librarian. This book unfortunately, won't be getting a recommendation. The characters were immature, more Junior High acting than High School seniors. I won't blame the culture, because most Hispanic students I've encountered are much more mature than portrayed.
The narration was not well done, no emotion. It was as if narrator was bored. However, one can only work with what material they are given.
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