Age Demographic: New Adult Contemporary
Eliza Freed has gutted me from the inside out and ruined me so perfectly with her beautiful way of telling a story about the messy, irrational, and complicated journey of love. I am just shattered in so many ways and I wouldn't change a thing. Noble has saved Charlotte in so many ways that it's incredible, how much love he has for her. It's honest, bone deep, and genuine. If there ever was a perfect love, Noble would definitely fit that bill for sure.
The only thing that bothers me, is the fact that Charlotte still can't let go of that little piece of her that Jason Leer still has a hold of. Even when she's with Noble, there's a moment or a space in her both her head and her heart, where she isn't with him and it just doesn't seem very fair to him. It is so very clear that he is all in and she's going along with him, because it's easy and it feels good. There's nothing hard or manipulative or emotionally abusive about the love that she shares with Noble.
It was hard watching Charlotte fall apart after learning about what Jason had done to her and then watching herself slowly knit her heart and spirit back together, with Nobles gentle love and kindness. The realistic portrayal of raw heartache and torture that one goes through when they endure the fall out of such a tumultuous and emotionally gripping relationship, is one of the things that draws me to Freed's books and keeps me hanging on until the last page has been read. It's gorgeously dark, intense, and so amazingly hopeful while at the same time being sad, wistful, and surreal. You don't just read her books, you feel them all the way through from the beginning until the end.
There is so much growth and evolution and forgiveness and finding oneself in this book, that it's hard not to immerse yourself in it and wade out into the deep end along with the characters as they take that plunge. If you're looking for a book that will give you ALL OF THE FEELS then I suggest this one.
She settled into Corporate America, learning systems and practices and the bureaucracy that slows them. Eliza quickly discovered her creativity and gift for story telling as a corporate trainer and spent years perfecting her presentation skills and studying diversity. It’s during this time she became an avid observer of the characters we meet and the heartaches we endure. Her years of study have taught her laughter is the key to survival, even when it’s completely inappropriate.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. An avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she’d rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she has always been a sucker for a love story...the more screwed up the better.