I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Progress by Amalie Silver
Series: Progress #1
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: December 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Emotional, New Adult
Format: e-ARC, kindle book
I admit, I didn't think much of Charlie at first. She was rounder than the girls who usually caught my eye. Not my type. But when I saw her sitting in that booth alone, for the first time something in my mind or my instincts or my heart told me to join her.
She defied me. She challenged me.
She gave me hope.
Before I knew it, moving forward was my only option.
I couldn't tell you when it happened, but it had to have been a gradual change; I never moved too quickly.
If someone would have told me earlier that year what I was going to go through, I wouldn't have believed them.
Jesse was so different from anyone I'd met before. And everyone I've met since. He sucked all the life out of me, in the best-and worst-ways.
We don't get strong overnight. For most of us it takes time. Strength isn't measured by how high and fast our walls go up, but how easily we can watch them fall.
I could not put this book down. Started and finished it in 1 night. It was addictive, crazy…and so damn good.
In this story Charlie was overweight. It plagued and dictated her whole life. We met her first so we got to hear her thoughts and get to know her. Jesse’s POV was after Charlie’s and he was harder to figure out…maybe because he was working on that himself. Regardless of how different Charlie and Jesse seemed there was definitely a connection between the two, even if it was really volatile sometimes. No matter what happened though, they always found their way back to each other.
I liked Charlie, but I didn’t love her (and that’s ok!). I got that she had such issues because she was heavy, but there was an additional issue that (to me) screamed a million reasons to pull back and be antisocial. There wasn’t as much focus on that part of her life as I would have expected. She also was a little caught up in herself and loved to feel sorry for herself…which I let go. I was genuinely happy when she gained confidence with herself later in the story.
Jesse though, he is the reason I loved this story. He was so mixed up, so dark, so….lost.…and it broke my heart. I did learn a lot of the reasons he was the way he was, but I am pretty sure it was only the tip of the iceberg. (I also can’t believe there’s a book 2 AND 3 — OMG gimme gimme gimme).
The romance was different than ones I normally read. It was friendship with undercurrents of more. It was intense and almost life saving. By the end of the book Charlie and Jesse have already gone through so much together, but they aren’t even close to having a romantic relationship that is functional, or any kind of relationship. And I love it. I love that they are working so hard to be happy and become whole, better versions of themselves. It isn’t easy, and it really isn’t pretty. This story was so unbelievably rich in raw, gritty emotion. There was nothing fluffy about this book and that’s why I devoured it.
Ultimately this was more of a love story, not a romance with chemistry. Here I felt their connection, but not their attraction. That’s the only small bit that I struggled with. What can I say, I do love to feel the physical part and I just didn’t get that.
The book totally “progressed” (lol, I’m so funny) but the ending leaves us needing more of Jesse and Charlie…which we’ll get. But this is not a stand alone so be prepared…I wasn’t and I’m ready for the next installment, Ms. Silver!
Rec this? YES!! If you love characters with some baggage, and by baggage I mean storage sheds full of it this is a fantastic addition to your TBR.
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