Saturday, May 21, 2016

ARC REVIEW: Full Share by Eliza Freed

Full Share

Title: Full Share
Author: Eliza Freed
Publication Date: June 21st 2016
Publisher: Brunswick House
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
Nora Hargrove’s post-grad life includes a horrific entry-level job, a cave of an apartment, and a strict avoidance of all interpersonal relationships. She knows only one thing about herself—she wants to be left alone.
Avoiding her mother’s forced family time, she seeks solitude on her own terms. In a poorly ventilated, overcrowded Dewey Beach rental, she discovers there’s no place to hide. Not from yourself, not from your life, and not from love. This is the story of Nora Hargrove’s full share.
I learned the healing power of a good bloody Mary and a dip in the Atlantic. I kayaked in the dead of night and witnessed the only shooting star I’ve ever seen. I fell in love on a bed made of pallets. I lived.
Life is deep. Dive in.
*Thank you to Netgalley for providing an e-ARC for review purposes

My Review

Beautiful. This story was absolutely, utterly and heart-breakingly beautiful.

I haven't heard of Eliza Freed before I saw this book floating around on Goodreads, but when I read that blurb, I was immediately intrigued. So when I saw it on Netgalley, I immediately requested it for a chance to read and review it. And I did not regret picking it up at all. 

I finished this book in 3 hours. Can you believe that? I picked it up at 3PM and finished it at 6PM. I ate the story up with all my strength and ended up loving it so much. The story was beautiful, absolutely stunning, and it was so realistic I felt I was living inside the book. Eliza Freed's writing has this immense power to just hook you and pull you in until the last page, and she did just that with me. The language, the total simplicity of it all connected me and made me fall in love. And not only was the story beautiful, her characters were too.

Our main character is Nora Hargrove, a girl stuck in a woman's body. She's fragile, almost breakable, but she's also so strong at the same time. Her character development was brilliant, and through all of her experiences, I went through the greatest emotional roller coaster. I didn't fall in love with Nora at first sight. I knew her and then I liked her, and then I fell in love with her. She's a building character, and she builds and knocks herself down so many times that she becomes this monumental figure in everyone's lives without her even realising. She was so so special.

"There's something terrifying about a girl with no friends. People don't want to take a chance on the person who's alone, because deep down they know there's a reason."

Jack Randall is a man who you cannot help but feel safe, anxious, nervous and love when he's around. He's a wonderful soul and he's a bandage for your cuts. He's everything when you have him and everything when you lose him. At least, that's what he was like for me and Nora. I loved Jack and Nora's relationship, mainly because it was a slow-burn, a realistic wonder of a roller coaster of love and learning how to stay instead of running. It was stunning, and I loved every single second of it. 

"Come." Just one word from Jack sent a tingle down my spine.
"Who else is going?"
He was all that mattered.

And Tack. What can I say about Tack? Tack is a wonder no one really understands, but will always love. He's beauty and anger and confusion and love piled all into one body. He's a boy of sunshine and happiness and he broke my heart. 

"I think when we die, it blasts a hole in the people who love us. Our souls return for the time it takes to fill in the holes our departure left, to help them survive until we see each other again." ~ Tack

Full Share was one of those absolutely exquisite book that you would treasure for a long time, and it's a promise that I would do just that. It made me laugh, made me wonder, made me cry. But most of all, it taught me about life, about friendships, relationships, and love. It's inspiring and awe and love all in 310 pages. Ms. Eliza Freed, thank you for writing such a beautiful story, and thank you for introducing me to such amazing characters.

Full Share has my love, and diving in was one of the best choice I've ever made.

About The Author

Eliza Freed graduated from Rutgers University and returned to her hometown in rural South Jersey. Her mother encouraged her to take some time and find herself. After three months of searching, she began to bounce checks, her neighbors began to talk, and her mother told her to find a job.
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 was during this time she became an avid observer of the characters she met and the heartaches they endured. Her years of study taught her that laughter, even the completely inappropriate kind, was the key to survival.
She currently lives in New Jersey with her family and a misbehaving beagle named Odin. As an avid swimmer, if Eliza is not with her family and friends, she'd rather be underwater. While she enjoys many genres, she is, and always has been, a sucker for a love story…the more screwed up the better.
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