Friday, May 24, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Review & Giveaway: Love Notes by Heather Gunter

How do you cope when the people you care for hurt you the most? When the way you feel on the outside, smothers you on the inside. And when you are left to face your demons alone, will you learn that only you have the power to overcome them?
Charlie has never had it easy. Between the constant moving and the incessant fat comments and jokes from her father, her self-worth is nonexistent. Her reflection in the mirror shows her nothing but a plain Jane. Music is the only thing that keeps her sanity in check.
Charlie catches the eye of the town star quarterback, Maverick. With her curves, her brunette hair, and the voice of an angel, Maverick has never met anyone like her. Everything that is different about Charlie just makes Maverick like her more.
Unfortunately, Charlie doesn’t see it herself. Proving it to her may deem harder than he thinks, especially when tragedy strikes and tears them apart.
Now standing on her own two feet she may finally learn exactly who she is, what’s she’s capable of and how very un plain Jane she really is.

Let me start this with the fact that when it comes to YA romance, I either really really like it or I really really don't. Some are just so cheesy while others are so sweet, perfect, and raw. Love Notes was definitely in the sweet, perfect, and raw category! Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I flew through it and was kind of sad to see it end!

There's something about watching teenagers fall in love. It is so fresh and so raw because they aren't quite jaded yet and their baggage is limited. In Charlie's case, her baggage is limited but it is so serious. My heart seriously broke for her every time she had to go in to her home. I just wanted to snatch her up and runaway with her. Heather did an amazing job from the beginning of making you fall in love with Charlie. You couldn't help but feel her pain and want a new life for her. Watching her fall for Maverick and let him in made me just smile. It was perfect. They acted like teenagers without being cheesy or annoying. Charlie's issues didn't magically disappear because Maverick appeared and I really liked that. It kept the book more realistic.

Throughout the book, we get glimpses of Maverick's POV. While it is Charlie's story, it was really nice to see why he was doing the things that he was doing. Maverick was the perfect teenage male. He absolutely adored Charlie and treated her perfectly, but made some really stupid decisions at times. I was glad to be able to read WHY he made some choices. Any teenage guy should take a lesson from him on how to treat a girl. It was so sweet.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one! It dealt with some very serious issues involving verbal abuse, self-esteem, and weight. There were times that my heart absolutely broke for Charlie. I wanted to jump in that book and kill her parents b/c of how they treated her. But, the story was told perfectly and flowed so well. I cannot wait to read Tori's story later this year in Heart Strings!

About the Author

When not writing or updating her Into the Night Reviews book blog, you will find Heather curled on the couch reading, surrounded by her children and four dogs. Her cravings for music and books are insatiable. One of her favorite things to do is sing and used to have a dream of becoming a singer. The dream has since changed and is now to become a full time writer. She holds a strong anti-bullying conviction and voices it regularly. She resides in Canton, GA with her husband, 3 boys, 4 dogs, 1 cat and 2 ferrets.

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