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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
I truly admire A Meredith Walters, this was my first novel by this author but will not be the last!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An absolutely amazing, heartbreakingly beautiful story love story. You have to read itPublished on 29 Mar. 2015 by Helen
I was severely annoyed at how this book turned out given that I had ordered it through amazon based on the positive reviews and raving of fans. Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2014 by S. Shamma
Reclaiming the Sand by A Meredith Walters
God I’m not sure where to start with this book, I think I loved it but to be honest I’m not entirely sure if I hated it. Read more
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. Read morePublished on 25 April 2014 by Viv
Wow, what a beautiful love story. It was quite a rough read at times and made me feel so many emotions particularly when reading Flynn's scenes as a boy. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2014 by Lindsay C.
Beautiful and amazingly emotional story. A really good read that I would highly recommend. Although the story is a stand alone with no cliffhanger I loved Ellie and Flynn so much I... Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2014 by 123nicolelouise
Heart-breaking, excruciating, inspiring, beautiful and unforgettable!
5 STARS FOR ELLIE & FLYNN!
Oh goodness, this book was tough. Like, really tough. Read more