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There are three absolute truths in Grayson Lee’s life:

1. His existence was a mistake.

2. No one is good enough for his best friend, Lily Jacobs, especially not him.

3. He loves her anyway.

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Published: Sep. 05, 2013
Words: 70,190
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301103362
About Lindy Zart

I've been writing since I was a wee lass. I was reading before that; possibly while still in the womb. Don't think about that too much.

I started out with short horror stories and poetry. I was terrible at it. The poems not so much, but the stories were awful.

I decided to finish a book (and I DO mean finish--I'd started plenty throughout the years) when I was in my mid-twenties (so not that long ago because I'm young and will forever stay that way). Again, not my best work.

But that's the thing about writing; it improves with time. (It's also a good thing to know your work can't possibly be any worse than it was when you first started.)

What I love most about writing is having people tell me how much they enjoy my work; how my writing touches them; makes them feel intensely.

Bringing a reader to laughter or tears is a wonderful feeling for a writer, and no, I'm not sadistic. *insert evil laughter HERE* It means I got them to feel, to respond to something I created.

Also, I just like to make stuff up and put it down on paper. I have an endless supply of stories in my head; lots of stuff to share with the world.

Happy Reading!

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Review by: Bartender at The Book Bar on Dec. 02, 2013 : star star star star
Rating: Well/House, definitely pushing it’s way to a Top Shelf. Can’t wait for the follow up.

I became an instant fan of Zart’s writing after I read Take Care, Sara (a NA romantic/tragedy/drama). I was beyond excited to sample her Young Adult genre and interested to see if there would be the same connection between the author and the reader. I was not disappointed. Zart’s writing emotionally connects you with the character from the first page to the end.

Incomplete tells a story of true love from young, eighteen year old, Grayson’s point of view. Grayson is a ‘closeted’ singer-songwriter and because he is completely in touch with his emotions, every feeling is a thousand-fold. Grayson’s family is broken and he looks for comfort in his childhood friend, Lily. Until recently, he never realized or acted upon his utter love for the girl next door.

Without thinking, I lean forward and brush the tear away with my lips. It’s warm and salty. Lily’s eyes widen and her lips part and I can’t stay away a second longer. If I don’t kiss her right now, I will break. The past year has been destroying me, and I can’t do it another second. I didn’t even realize it all until it is now rushing up to suffocate me…. My heart is going to explode and I can’t get enough; I want her so bad and a kiss isn’t enough; I need her; I can’t live without her; she is everything—on and on the thoughts stream through my head, merging together into a senseless litany that makes perfect sense.
Zart, Lindy. Incomplete. ARC. August 2013

From my own personal experience, when an author takes on the challenge to write the POV of the opposite sex (in this case, a guys reference), it’s often disconnected or ultra-masculine/feminine; trying too hard to achieve the desired result, to have the reader believe. Never did I question Grayson’s actions or language. Grayson is written perfectly, and although I know some guys that would dismiss the magnitude of devotion to Lily, I believe that these same guys would act similarly if their true love was in jeopardy. Zart briefly mentions a look Lily’s father portrays while assessing the interaction between Grayson & Lily. No words are spoken, just a look, and it’s a confirming moment.

Lily is my most needed and treasured appendage; the one I cannot live without. She is what makes me forget, makes me smile, makes me content; makes the hollowness inside me close. She makes me whole. She has so much of me; she has all of me, and Lily doesn’t even know.
Zart, Lindy. Incomplete. ARC. August 2013

Lovely Lily is down to earth, romantic and very aware of Grayson’s needs. She doesn’t waste time getting to the point of the matter. Lily is a friend first, and always. She reminds Grayson continually that all is not lost and happiness can be achieved if you go after your dreams. Grayson is momentarily lost in love and Lily is there to make sure he gets back on track.

“Do you…do you love me?” I inhale raggedly. “Because I love you, like, a lot.”
Her smile is tender and sweet. “Always have, always will.”
“Say it.”
“I love you.”
My chest squeezes as I interlock my fingers with hers. I touch my forehead to Lily’s, inhaling deeply. “More than chocolate?”
Laughing, she says, “More than chocolate even.”
Zart, Lindy. Incomplete. ARC. August 2013

Unlike Take Care, Sara, where I cried and hurt and retreated into my own thoughts of loss, Incomplete is painful when things seem hopeless, uplifting when truth and love are welcomed and witty when you remember they are just kids.

She gives me a look over the hood of the car.
“Somebody’s a grumpy bear this morning.”
“Grumpy bear?”
“Would unprovoked asshole work better?”
I fight a grin. “Grumpy bear it is.”
Zart, Lindy. Incomplete. ARC. August 2013

The secondary characters, Aidan and Ana are a wonderful support system for Grayson when he doesn’t even ask for their help. They keep the story going strong, and Grayson from going over the edge. Aidan, Grayson’s little brother, is well aware of his parental misfortune and the responses to his home life push Grayson to find the silver-lining and take care of the boy he loves.

“What’s the real reason you won’t tell her how you feel, Grayson?” Ana quietly asks. I swallow around the tenseness of my throat.
A lengthy silence ensues. I blink my eyes and look away as I finally say, “I’m not good enough for her.”
Ana doesn’t speak for a long, long time, and when I can’t stand the silence another second and glance at her, it’s to see an expression of utter sadness on her face.
“Why don’t you let her decide that?” she says and flounces away to actually do some work.
Zart, Lindy. Incomplete. ARC. August 2013

I want to know more about why Grayson & Garrett truly hate each other with a blinding rage. This duo is intriguing and although I believe it’s all in Grayson’s perspective and he’s protectiveness of Lily, I feel like there is a story there that needs to be fleshed out.

His brown gaze flickers to me, his smile dims—which makes mine appear—and he unenthusiastically opens the door wider. “Lily, Mia…Grayson,” Garrett grinds out, his facial expression showing how distasteful he finds the sound of my name on his lips. Totally mutual, buddy.
I pat him on the shoulder—hard—and walk into his house. The fact that he is so completely unhappy about my presence at his party has lightened my mood considerably. It’s not like he is going to tell me to leave because if I leave, Lily leaves, and he doesn’t want that to happen. Sucks to be him.
Zart, Lindy. Incomplete. ARC. August 2013

This review was difficult for me to write. I LOVED this book. I LOVE the writing of Lindy Zart. Why not Top Shelf then? I felt like I was reading a little bit from S.C. Stephens and a little bit from Colleen Hoover (which, hey, that’s not so bad), or similar story-lines, meshed together. I just don’t like to be reminded of another author’s storyline while reading a new book. Incomplete does end with a cliff-hanger and I WILL REQUIRE THAT ARC!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Angelique Asher on Dec. 02, 2013 : star star star star star
I was excited when I was chosen as a beta reader for Incomplete. It was the first, but definitely not the Iast, book of Lindy Zart. This story is by far one of the best I have read this year and I read a lot of books every year! Ms. Zart is capable of eliciting the emotions she wants her readers to experience right along with her characters. You will not be disappointed. I can't wait for the sequel!! Well done Ms. Zart, well done!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tawnya Peltonen on Dec. 01, 2013 : star star star star star
I was lucky enough to have beta read this book. My opinions of it are my own.

I've read all of Lindy Zart's books (so far) and loved each and every one of them, but this is one of my favorites. Incomplete is a maddening, sweet, heart-wrenching emotional rollercoaster of a story about two people who bring out the best (and worst) in each other. The characters were honest, flawed and so real I felt as if I knew them. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a read that will make you FEEL something.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: J Hooligan on Dec. 01, 2013 : star star star star star
I was asked to beta read this book for an honest opinion of it.

Lindy did it again. She's created a story that drew me in, kept me on the edge of my seat, and left me wanting more.

The characters in this story seemed so real, and I could relate to a lot of what was going on - which is something I enjoy in a book. I felt the pain and happiness with them.

This is a book that should be added to everyone's to-read list... and I am in desperate need of a sequel - immediately.

5/5 platypires!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Danielle Maracle on Oct. 08, 2013 : star
I really got into this and was really enjoying this as well until it just chopped off all of a sudden, I love reading series books but this one made me mad the way it stopped, I will read the next 1 and let you know if I liked it cuz the way this is left I feel I cannot honestly tell you if I liked it or not
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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