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“...it’s your job to develop your heart and intellect. Your outside will develop on its own.”
This book deals with some tough issues, but as in true Alison Bailey style it is done with heart and class. While some scenes had me in tears, the overall love story had me page turning and I couldn’t put this book down. This is more a YA/NA read, if you want a passionate read then this is not it, but this is a slow burn love, believable, full of questions and self-doubt but with good reason and all I can say is, thank god for the epilogue!
“I loved him then and I still love him. And if I can love him through all of that, why can’t he love me through all of this.”
Hollis was a beautiful character both inside and out, but for the past year she had had a tough time of it and her life was to never be the same, one life altering event that would forever shape her as a person and the opinions of those around her. Starting college is always a big step for any person, but for a girl that was extremely self-conscious and always having that mantra hanging around your head of fitting in and being accepted, college was always going to be a tough ride. Girls can be so mean, that is no secret and having been on the end of it myself I sympathised with Hollis unequivocally. Hollis was strong though, she stood up for herself, she had barbs at the ready but in secret, behind closed doors, the weight of everything would sometimes get her down.
Risher, O.M.G, one thing that Alison Bailey excels in is creating the perfect man, Risher had me swooning BIG TIME! This was a guy that was popular, all the girls wanted him, he was stunning both inside and out, but from the moment they bumped into each other, Risher only had eyes for Hollis. This was a man that knew beauty was only skin deep, he didn’t look at the outside, he wanted what was on the inside, he wasn’t superficial, he was a gentleman, he was perfect. He knew that Hollis had issues, but he worked around them, he gained her trust, he went softly-softly and this is exactly what Hollis needed. He was genuine, he was thoughtful, he wore his heart on his sleeve, he was fiercely protective, he was literally PERFECT!
I loved Hollis’s room-mate Abigail, while in the first instance she came across as prickly it soon becomes apparent she has her own issues to contend with and a problem shared is a problem and halved and it isn’t long before these two are as thick as thieves, they had each other’s back, always. This epitomises an Alison Bailey read...friendship.
“Things are not always black and white, Abigail. There’s a lot of grey in the world.”
Every single one these characters has their flaws, their insecurities, their issues. All they want from life is to be seen for who they are, not what they are or what they represent. They just want acceptance and to be treated as a normal, human being, not much to ask...but you would be surprised. Between mean girls and awful parents these three have their work cut out but the way they work through it will have your emotions all over the place.
“Stretch your mind, open your heart, and expand your understanding.”
As Mark Twain once said “The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.”
I am not going to say anything about the plot as this is one of those books that needs to be read blind, know it will be emotional, know it covers some tough issues and expect the unexpected. But also know that this book is full of life lessons and ones that we can take away from, this book makes you think, re-evaluate, re-assess and I love a book that makes you think. You will run the gamut of emotions from like, love, anger, compassion, hate and despair. You will be laughing one minute and crying the next, from happy, to sad, to shocked, to swooning. This book has it all, yes it is a rollercoaster, but it is exactly like the ride itself, once you are on you can’t get off, you take the ups and the downs, and you take the rough with the smooth but at the end you will be smiling because you have just been on the ride of your life.
“Never Discuss Infinity with a Mathematician. You’ll never hear the end of it.”
Stop! is Alison’s first standalone novel outside of the Perfect Series, and to say I was eager to see what she would come up is a massive understatement. The author has kept this book very close to her chest – with very good reason.
Stop! tells the story of Hollis who is embarking on a brave new chapter of her life following a difficult and heart-breaking year. She starts college and immediately meets dreamy Risher Stevenson, who unleashes a forgotten part of Hollis. Stop! also tells a beautiful story of great friendship, and acceptance between Hollis and Benton. I found the scenes between Hollis and Benton to be greatly emotional, and I found myself getting so angry that, in places I kept having to put the book aside for a few minutes to calm down.
Forget hot sex and erotic fantasies; this is pure romance and friendship at its best! Stop! deals with so many issues, and I’m being extremely careful in this review to ensure there are no spoilers as I would hate for any reader to not have the reading experience I had. I haven’t read many stories that deal with these sensitive issues, and I’m glad Alison took this step to tell this story, and increase awareness.
If ever there was a thought provoking book that makes you put your life in perspective, this is it! But it’s also sweet, with gentle humour that this author does so well. There is also angst, emotion, and heartfelt story telling. I enjoy this author’s style of writing immensely. She makes it such easy reading that it truly is a pleasure to pick up her books. I was 30% into this book before I even realised! I devoured this book within a day! I can’t wait to see what Alison G Bailey comes up with next.
4 Stars ****
‘One is bullied. One is tormented. All are judged. How will it STOP?’
Alison G Bailey tackles delicate issues and situations to perfection I honestly don't know how she does it but she does and after reading three books over the last fortnight I realise there is nothing that she probably can't write about because her research goes above and beyond that much is obvious.
After reading the first two books in the (Perfect Series) back in 2013 and 2014 I've only just discovered this fabulous author again but I'm all caught up now having just read the Dance, Presently Perfect and Stop... Actually I wish I didn't have to stop, I want more.!
I look forward to whatever Alison G Bailey releases next.!
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