Tuesday, December 30, 2014

REVIEW: Reclaiming the Sand (Reclaming the Sand #1) by A. Meredith Walters

Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

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What a profoundly AMAZING read, there is so many great Reviews already for this one I'm going to just write some of my thoughts. This is the kind of book that starts off cold but warms your heart the more you read and get into. It is gripping touching and if there was EVER a hero in a book Flynn sure is one.

This is about a girl who is in a group of friends that bully a boy named Flynn who has Asperger's syndrome who ends up falling for a boy with such disability and to me this is a story about how maybe in society is deemed as not right?? mmm maybe more that in school its deemed as odd and therefore Ellie turns into Flynn's Bully just like the others.

Ellie has been brought up in the foster care system she knows only how to survive in that she drinks, she has a temper and she works in a shop its a daily routine she knows inside and out but that's her life, but then there's Flynn the boy that makes her heart do somersaults and he makes her nervous and he also makes her FEEL which is so not like her she doesn't feel she just does so she becomes just like the gang she has been part of for such a long time. A BULLY.

Ahhh our Boy Flynn I have so much to say about him, firstly he has Asperger's I know I know I've already said that but let me say this ~ Meredith Walters has done her research concerning the subject matter, Flynn is the kind of hero you do nothing but fall for. Flynn has routines he doesn't understand mannerisms, reactions (although is trying in current times to work them out concerning Ellie) he may not understand why people are laughing, are they being funny or are they being cruel? In society people don't understand the Autism spectrum I'd say he's just mis-understood, in school he's an easy target and that is what he becomes with Ellie's friends. He becomes the guy to take the pain away from then someone to blame the issues on and the one people just want to ignore cause they don't understand how to react to him. He's the target for ALL in many ways so get your tissues ready cause this sure will make you cry.

Flynn is the kind of person that touches you right in the middle of your heart, he's so very refreshing he is very pure innocent and just so beautiful the kind of soul you just don't want to taint the kind of person that you just don't want to see any harm come to, he see's the good in everyone and is easy to forgive I just can't explain him enough he's the hero that you want to hug knowing that he doesn't want that hug. A gentle spirit.

But he doesn't know how to explain himself to show emotion and when he is needed he just can't give, saying that he shows himself in other ways little gestures little parts of him that others don't ~ see Ellie does.

Ellie in time starts to see life differently and wants to better herself there is lots of obstacles in their way, but Flynn see's what's in Ellie that others don't. I LOVED reading the PRESENT but I hurt in the PAST. This story takes you back in time to when Flynn was bullied as a teenager to Present where he gains strength and begins to see the differences in things and makes an effort to do what he is not so comfortable with mmm maybe fight even for his voice to be heard yet he still has Asperger's so he still has misunderstandings but he does start to gain control in his choices.

And Flynn see's the good in Ellie where as others don't. Two different people, two different personalities, two separate goals except LOVE IS LOVE and the HEART knows what the HEART WANTS~ this statement is sooo true and I fell for this story 100%.

So was it easy to read? NO it hurt but it made me happy and smile and at times laugh too so yes enjoyable.

Would I recommend this story? Yes, yes I just love Meredith's writing her descriptive words, emotions and subject matters that are REAL and NORMAL and HEARTWARMING.


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