Whitney Barbetti Ten Below Zero


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WARNING: This is not a story about two happy people who fall easily into love. This is a story about two broken people who find one another - and don't necessarily like each other. These characters are blunt, rude, and at times annoying. They are broken and sheltered and vulnerable. This book has violence, sexual situations, and harsh language and is not recommended for those under 17. -- “In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you're ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.” My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often. A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing. His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel. He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is. Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory. He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he's dying. --- Recently updated with bonus content.
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  • sweet, touching, beautiful- loved it

    Ten Below Zero


    04. August 2017 um 13:50

    Such a sweet and beautiful story. Really enjoyed reading this book. This book is about struggle, suffering, hurting and healing. It´s about life and death. It´s about selfworth and love. About helping someone finding themself and showing what life has to offer and what really matters.Parker, the female character, didn´t had an easy life. And if that wasn´t bad enough one day changed her life completely. After she was attacked, her life wasn´t really a life. Her traumatic experience left her scarred on the outside and inside and it led to her not feeling anything. That is till one message changed everything.Everett, the male character, has been through so much already. Being sick almost all his life, suffering from the side effects of this condition and the operations he had, he finally decides that it´s enough. This time he will face death and just live till the moment comes. When he meets Parker, who he thought would be someone else, he sees sth in her that she couldn´t. That´s when he starts wanting to help her feel again. That´s when he invites her on a roadtrip. And that´s where both found what they were never seeking.My opinion: At first I thought this would be a dark read because of the cover, but it wasn´t. It was just sweet and beautiful and touching. I loved both characters. Sure Parker wasn´t easy, but I guess no one is who went through what she has been through. Tramatic experiences and mental illnesses can do that to ppl. Sometimes it just needs someone to look behind the walls and layers and just be there to help. And that was what Everett did. I loved their connection and their banter. I loved how the "rude" and "asshole" thing became their thing. For me it wasn´t meant serious and seemed to me more like an inside joke they both have and love. I loved how real they seemed. They had their good and bad moments just like every other human being has. I loved how they both get closer and closer to each other. I could feel how what they were feeling for each other was building more and more. I loved everything about their Roadtrip. The places they went, what Everett was telling her about them.The title is perfect too. Loved how Everett "rated" Parker. That way is was easy to see how she was warming up to him, to having feeling and to living her life again.I loved how Everett helped her and how she changed more and more to the one she finally became. And I loved how she was able to help him too, although the scene when she left him in the hospital...well..I´m not a fan of it. I´d have handled it differently but it´s fine. Of course I´m happy about the way the book ended. But I need more. I feel like this story is unfinished. I want to read more about what happened after the scene at the arch. When I finished the book, I was looking at the cover again and that´s when I recognized that this cover is the drawing Everett did of Parker. That´s def. a plus point. I really like that. I liked in general that he had this notebook and wrote everything down. I´d love to read his notes. Maybe there could be a novella or sth just about his notebook? That would be cool. This book had so many scenes and quotes in it I liked- I had to mark some in my kindle. I´m loving the scars they both have. I have one on my forehead as well because of a bad car accident and therefore know how it is when ppl look at it and ask me about it. I don´t care though, it´s a part of me and I love how they both also saw that as a part of them- Sure they were self concious about it at times but that´s what is also totally normal. Sometimes you feel strong enough to not care and sometimes not. But in general- I loved that emotional and physical scars were a theme in this book. I know I wrote those words a lot but still- I loved how in the end they both were able to heal and love each other. How they both helped to fight their demons. How they both came alive. <3This was my first book by Whitney Barbetti and I can´t wait to read more. <3

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