I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I am on a complete book high after I finished this book. The word beautiful doesn't even begin to describe it. I loved every single moment.
Blindness is easily one of my favorites of 2014.
Charlie Hudson was born to a junkie mother, and was dropped of at her father's (Mac) house at the age of 7. Her mother never looked back. Charlie's dad became her best friend as she got older, when suddenly she lost in. In losing him, she also lost herself. Cody Carmichael is a former motocross star. He now works in an autoshop while also attending school. Charlie and Cody collide in the most unexpected way possible. It was fate.
"I know it hurts. But there is more Mac in you than just some old piece of furniture-and you should show these parts more often. They're beautiful."
Without giving it away, Cody and Charlie have been living parallel lives. When their lives cross paths, neither is the same. When Charlie meets Cody she is drawn to him immediately. Not just his looks. His demeanor, everything. But he can't have her. She isn't his to have.
"I want to look at you, and I want you to see...what you do to me"
"Your touch Charlie, is it for me. You're the end of me-and the beginning"
Charlie thought she knew what love felt like, until Cody showed up in her life. Blindness is one of the most beautifully written stories that I have ever read. THE FEELS. They're real. Raw. Genuine. All Consuming. Their first kiss is THE first kiss of ALL kisses. It was so heartfelt. The chemistry between Charlie and Cody is undeniable. Inevitable. It's natural.
"That's how I love you, you know? With everything"
The moment you realize just how real they are? When Charlie tells Cody something that is so close to her heart. Charlie's dad, Mac is a special person to her, and she misses him everyday. In the prologue it is all explained. You feel her pain. The numbness. There's parts of her that she doesn't share with anyone, and that is Mac. She shares it with Cody. Stars. That is all I can say. This part made me ugly cry. This allowed them to connect on such a deep level. She bared her soul to him and he accepted it by giving her the most beautiful moment. Words cannot describe how much this touched me. And it will touch you. She never allowed herself to live. With Cody she is not only living, but she is breathing.
"Go ahead," Cody says. "Talk to him"
"I know it sounds stupid, but it's like we're connected-like we share a heart and healing yours somehow makes mine beat stronger"
Cody sees Charlie for who she truly is. He looks into her rather than at her, he loves her whole heart and soul. And it kills him that she isn't his. And it hurts her just the same. Giving it away would be a disservice to anyone who hasn't read the book, but life got in the way. It was always supposed to be Charlie and Cody. Always.
"And I know I've never been in love before, because I would have remembered what this felt like."
Blindness captured my heart and has not let it go. I have read work by this author and have loved it. But this book? This story? Flawless. My heart was beating through the entire story. For Cody. For Charlie. For true love. Love that knows no boundaries. Love that goes where it's unexpected. I was absolutely blown away by how much I connected to this story. If you want to experience once of the most heart felt stories ever, read Blindness.
Ginger Scott is a writer and journalist from Peoria, Arizona. Her newest novel, "Blindness," will be available in February 2014.
Her debut novel, "Waiting on the Sidelines," is a coming-of-age love story that explores the real heartbreak we all feel as we become adults throughout our high school years. The story follows two characters, Nolan (a Tomboy with a baseball player's name) and Reed (the quarterback she wishes would notice her) as they struggle with peer-pressure, underage drinking, bullying and finding a balance between what your heart wants and what society says you should want -- even if you aren't ready. You can read it, and the sequel, "Going Long," now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other e-book outlets.
Scott has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.
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