on Oct. 21, 2015 :
I started out giving this book 4 stars – but I was just lying to myself. More than 36 hours after finishing the book, I still couldn't get it out of my head. The story, the characters, the emotions…I’m not even sure 5 stars is truly enough.
I love books that send me on an emotional roller-coaster. It helps me get lost in the story, in the experience of the book, and take the break from reality I look for when I read. And H.M. Shander’s “Run Away Charlotte” is one of those books!
Charlotte’s life broke my heart, there’s no other way to say it. A horribly sad childhood that forced her to grow up way too fast, way too soon, and way too guarded…transitioning right into two horrible experiences as a young adult. At one point, I caught myself quietly muttering the words ‘how much hurt can one person experience?!’
It’s no surprise that for all she’s faced, the ideas of love and trust and openness and dependence are foreign to her. Outside of her BFF Joe and his fantastic mom and brother, there have been so few people in her life to show her what it’s really like to be treated with love and respect and appreciation. And, if anyone deserves to be treated like that, for all that Charlotte has survived, it has be her!
Cue Andrew Wagner.
Watching their love grow and develop wasn’t easy. For a while, I wanted to smack Charlotte – who is convinced Andrew could never love her if he knew the ‘real her’. Then I wanted to smack Andrew – who convinces Charlotte to finally trust him enough to bare it all, only to have him clam up. Each struggled with their own insecurities and disappointments. Each struggled with opening up and letting people in and holding people close. Each fought so hard to love the other with all that they had, while worrying it will never be enough.
But in the end, the age old question must be answered. Is love ever truly enough?
I laughed with them both. I cried with them both. I fell in love with them both. I hoped and wished and begged for a happy ending for them both. And, now I’ll go read book two, Ask Me Again, with them both – because, like any true love…I’m just not ready to let them go yet!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on July 29, 2015 :
I was givin a copy for my honest review i must say wow this was an emotional read thats what kind of authors i like the ones that make you fell the characters pain and happiness Charlotte didnt really find out that mush about her from the start i mean its starts revealing itself though the story peace by peace were your one the edge and then bam then she meet andrew who is beautiful outside but also inside and he sees something in her like nobody has
and they start with being friendsyou could fell the chemistry between them they both want more but charlotte is scared to let it go further because of her past andrew wants in and to break the wall shes created there was times i was really frustrated with her but i could see and fell her pain shes never been in a real relationship then i really started to get mad at andrew and fell sorry for charlett HM shander made them real to me and i didnt wnat the story to end :( man wat a ending now im going to go in a corner and cry or reread this story or do both cant wait for book 2
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on July 18, 2015 :
I really enjoyed reading this book. Taking place in Edmonton, it follows the friendship and eventual relationship of Charlotte and Andrew, two young adults navigating their way through the trials they encounter, and how they deal with Charlotte's tragic past. It is written in a way that slowly draws you in and keeps you reading until the very end. The first few pages, I could take it or leave it. But as Charlotte's past was exposed, I had no choice but to keep going. I needed to know what happened to her. The details could not be revealed fast enough for me. I cared what happened to her. I cried with each tragedy past and present. I wanted to curse her and shake her when she was being the dramatic, frustratingly self absorbed teenager that she is expected to be. I was happy for her when things finally started working out for her and Andrew, only to feel her disappointment when things once again went wrong. Charlotte and Andrew felt like very true characters, real people with realistic responses to their situations. The plot is excellent and I love that the book leaves you hanging and needing to read the next one (out soon, I hope!)
As much as I liked this book, I did sometimes find the dialogue stilted and unnatural. I understand this is the author's first book and could see improvements as the book continued. I felt that the dialogue flowed more naturally as it progressed, perhaps a reflection of the author's growth throughout the writing of it. Also a few editing/spelling errors that were briefly distracting before I was once again fully absorbed in Charlotte's story.
All in all, this is a great read, it will definitely draw you in and leave you wanting more!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)