Monday, April 14, 2014

Christie's Review & Giveaway: With This Heart by RS Grey


Title: With this Heart
Series: Standalone
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: March 27th, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

If someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity, I would have assumed they were on drugs.

Well, that is, until I met Beckham. 

Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected.

Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I’d all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.

We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow.

Our road trip was about young, reckless love. The kind of love that burns bright.

The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.

What do a giant dinosaur statue, a drag queen, and sleeping in a teepee have in common? The epic journey that is Abby's life and road trip. This is definitely a fully packed ride with unusual experiences and life-affirming moments. I laughed out loud at the wacky bantering and deeply felt the emotional journey she went on. This book was definitely well rounded. It has fabulous humor on one side and on the other an evocative look at what a person deals with who beats a life threatening illness. The humor balances out the seriousness of the story and prevents it from being too morose and overly dramatic. I just thought it was so well written.

At 19, Abby has struggled her entire life to fix her failing heart and after finally getting a heart transplant is suddenly set adrift in this huge world of possibilities. She never made plans or accomplished many basic things that girls her age have done. She spent her time in the hospital trying to get well. Now her mind and heart is set on discovering life and all that she's been missing out on. Her first step in finding herself is an epic road trip to make peace with herself. What she wasn't planning on was a beautiful boy who would walk up to her and change her world. And what an adventure it was they had together.

So now the world is your proberbial oyster and you're finding out that maybe shucking oysters isn't quite as easy as everyone makes it out to be. Oh, and there are fewer pearls than you expected.

Beck is so wonderfully charming (dimples and all), spontaneous, and funny. He's also feeling a little lost, set on a path that other people put him on and feeling like he's lost his passion for living. Until he sees Abby for the first time, gazing up to the sky in pure appreciation of the day and he doesn't want to go another day without knowing her. Their relationship wasn't insta-love (maybe insta-lust on her part). They have a gradual and natural progression from getting to know each other and becoming friends to more. To passionate, sweet young love.

She's a little goody-two-shoes, a planner, and worrier. Together they help each other make better versions of themselves. They fit naturally, they understand each other implicitly.

Staring at each other over that bonfire, it became clear that there were one million ways to view the world, but that Beck and I saw everything in the same wavelength. Like life was one big private joke that we got to share.

At times, Abby could get a little frustrating. She's emotionally and socially stunted from her lack of the average life experiences. She's unsure of herself and awkward-but that just made me like her a little more. Everyone has gone through that awkward phase where you're gaining self confidence and assertiveness and you can really identify and sympathize with what she's going through. Her courage to push past all her insecurities and try new things despite her fears made me like her that much more. And even though she was a little naive, she also had a strength that came from going through what most people never experience in their lifetimes. She was a great character. Beautifully flawed and beautifully strong.

My sappy romantic heart battled my sober realistic side but I couldn't deny my teary eyes. It was official-against my better judgement I loved that chick flick-y, fairytale ending and my heart fluttered (just a little bit). There aren't too many books that can bring tears to my eyes but this one did it. From happiness and sadness. It was just really the perfect ending-escapism in all it's glory. What a fun and heartwarming story this is. Read it!

(My) With this Heart Playlist:

Beck-waking light

Switchfoot- meant to live

John denver-country roads

Owl City-The Real World

Neil Diamond- Sweet Caroline

Passenger- Life's for the living

Elton John- Your song

Vampire Weekend- I stand corrected

Jasmine Thompson- Run

The Script - Man who can't be moved

SHBB has 5 ebooks (Kindle copies) of With This Heart for you! Thanks go to amazing RS Grey for donating them!  

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