Benjamin Nefer seems to have it all. He’s the most popular guy in school, the star quarterback with college scouts looking at him, his grades are near the top of his class, he can get any girl he wants . . . but he hides behind his dream life to mask the nightmare of his reality.
Charlie Austin is the new girl. Forced to move in with a bitter aunt, she only wants to protect her fragile mom from the world’s cruelty. When Benjamin sets his sights on Charlie, she’s armored against his charm—friends warned her about Benjamin’s game of pursuing and then dumping a long line of girls, not caring about the broken hearts he leaves behind. She doesn’t count on how single-minded he can be when she refuses him, or how charismatic, easing into her life through what he claims is just friendship.
Benjamin thought he could keep Charlie in the same place he keeps all girls—something to be used and then discarded. But Charlie has as many secrets as he does, secrets he’s determined to discover while keeping his own hidden. He realizes she’s the perfect girlfriend candidate . . . someone he can use to keep up the façade of a perfect life. Now he just has to keep his frozen heart from softening toward this unique girl, because if he doesn’t, his carefully constructed lies might just come thundering down around him, crushing him beneath the burden of feeling.
My review :
** ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review **
The End of Feeling was a very emotional and very though read , with a straightforwardness which could surprise you (in a good way).
The Journey of Charlie and Benjamin wasn’t easy. There was some darkness about those two young people who endured a lot through their lives, more than an average teen should.
Charlie moved to live with her aunt. All her Life, she had to be responsable for her mother, being the adult. The roles were reversed. She was so selfless, taking care for her family. Changing their routine and living with her Aunt was very hard for her. Her aunt didn’t seem invested as much as she was with her mother, and her new neighbor tried to bully her. So she had a lot on her plate right now and Benjamin wasn’t welcome in the picture. But even with his bad boy aura, his anger and casualness, she felt kind of connected, even if she wouldn’t.
Benjamin, was the popular Guy in school, taking whatever he wanted when he wanted. But behind his bad behavior and complete asshole when it came to girls, he noticed Charlie, and his reaction was to bully her, make her scared, but it wouldn’t work. His social life was a pure facade and behind closed doors at home, he was living a nightmare, becoming an adult too soon as Charlie.
No one suspected the kind of life he had to put up with. He built a lot of walls, trying to control his life as much as he could, until Charlie.
These two ones were more alike like they thought. They were so similar inside and went through so much pain, they were enduring too much and being the one to be in charge was very tough for them, so that finding someone you could rely could be a release.
They were like having a double Life: the day: teenagers; releasing the pression to be constantly being responsable for everyone and outside school the heavy weight, pressure to take care of their family.
It was a moving and poignant story, picturing two young people wanted to find happiness, and even if you thought that your heart was frozen or like you were acknowledging being alone all your life because you had so heavy luggages, showed that life wasn’t easy but when you’ll give a try and you find your person; you had to fought for it, and let people into your life.
So if you’re looking for a deep, emotional read, this one is for you!
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