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Reclaiming the Sand by [Walters, A. Meredith]
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  • File Size: 1183 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I8JEEC0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have never felt so conflicted over a book in my entire life. I won't lie, I struggled with the first half because it was so deeply depressing that if I hadn't read this off the back of a comedy I may not have actually finished it. Well, more fool me, because this is a book of two halves.

The first destroyed me, the twisted pleasure felt by these cold, calculating bullies was a difficult process to follow. I disliked them so much that it was impossible to feel any compassion towards them even though they came from deprived and broken family backgrounds. Thrown from foster home to home, these kids formed destructive friendships based solely on circumstance.

The second, well, lets just say that if any character can do a complete 360 and come out a brighter and better person, then it was this girl! Her transition was one worth investing the time in, and I’m so pleased I continued with Ellie and Flynn’s story.

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Flynn is the new kid at school. Even at fifteen, his life is set to his wristwatch. Every movement is calculated, premeditated, a coping mechanism for his condition. Flynn has Asbergers, a form of autism. He does not communicate well and he cannot bear to be touched.

Ellie is just going through the motions. She is bitter, angry, an outcast. Her friends are just like her. They take their anger and inflict it on others who look down upon them. Flynn is different. He is a 'tard' and the 'new' entertainment, one who cannot fight back.

However, there is more to Flynn than meets the eye, only he lets Ellie see it when they form a secret friendship.
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This turned out to be a moving story that stirred so many emotions, sadness that I couldn't put it down.
Ellie a mixed up toxic teenager meets Flynn who has Aspergers . Even though Ellie is attracted to Flynn she gives into her bullying tendencies and joins in with the gangs humiliation of him.
Years later when Ellie recognises that her life of drinking and drug taking is not what she wants she meets Flynn her nemesis.
Ellie and Flynn's friendship is rekindled and with his encouragement she goes to college. Slowly she starts to leave her teenager life behind and start a new life.
I felt sadness and anger on how vulnerable people are humiliated. And hope, happiness and redemption when mistakes are recognised.
Wonderful story.
Recommended
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I thought this was a beautiful story!

I struggled with it in parts but i felt for these characters.
I understand Ellie may be a difficult character fir many to like but i felt her struggle. Does that mean i didn't want to throttle her. NO! She infuriated me at times but i had hope they could turn it around.

I have no experience with Aspergers but i have to say Flynn truly amazed me!
Fantastic character.

I truly admire A Meredith Walters, this was my first novel by this author but will not be the last!
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This story was so thought provoking that as hard as it was to read, and as a victim of bullying it was also heart breaking lay honest. There were no frills the way in which it was told brought tears to my eyes. I cannot praise the author enough for the way in which she wove some very complicated issues into a story that if it doesn't move you, then you are made of stone. It gives great depth to both sides of the story and the guilt and regret. I would definitely positively recommend buying this book. Beyond brilliant.
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It's difficult to put into words how this story made me feel. I don't think I've ever felt such strong emotions whilst reading. And that's a good thing... it shows just how talented the writer is. But at the same time it was totally and utterly heart-breaking. I finished the book yesterday and still can't get some of Flynn's thoughts out of my head. Ellie was right, I loved every bit of the boy he was and the man he became. But she was wrong about hating her... because I just couldn't. Yes she was messed up and she did the most awful things to beautiful Flynn, but there was something about her that I just couldn't hate. Now Dania, Stu and Shane... I really hated them! They never redeemed themselves in my eyes.

If there was only one small criticism of the book it would be the ending. Somehow it felt a bit too rushed. I wanted to read more about how it all finally fell into place for them. But it didn't stop me giving the book five stars. I really do love this author and look forward to reading more of her books in the future.
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By Tallulah TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Mar. 2014
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I liked this authors Find You in the Dark series. She certainly knows what she's writing about having been a counsellor. I had read a lot about this book and imagined it was going to be along the lines of The Sea of Tranquility or Making Faces. Whilst it's certainly a good story, it didn't quite hit me as emotionally as the two books I just mentioned.

This is the story of Ellie and Flynn. Flynn has Aspergers and when they were 15/16, Ellie, along with her friends bullied him but there's another side to the story as actually Ellie and Flynn became friends. I never felt any hatred towards Ellie as we are told of her upbringing and the lack of love and affection in her life. Yes she made some mistakes and she hangs around with a wild bunch of people but deep down it's easy to see that Ellie is not a mean girl.

Flynn is well written. He is child like and fails to sometimes realise what a person is feeling. He knows Ellie and her friends are mean to him but he can't help but like Ellie. There are some flashbacks to how they met at school and the bullying but although the bullying scenes certainly aren't nice and make you feel for Flynn there is nothing there that is too extreme.

Something happened six years ago and in Ellie's mind she hates Flynn but when he shows up again in her life she can't help but be drawn back to him. Slowly the Ellie we meet in the beginning begins to change and grow into a lovely young woman.

This is a gentle love story. It's slow paced and although there are a couple of sex scenes they are quite glossed over, there is no real detail to them. You easily feel the love between Ellie and Flynn.

I did find some of the story predictable and I was a little disappointed towards the end with the direction it took.
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