Review: Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters

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Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie Mccallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger’s. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published March 17th 2014
language edition: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
This book, just like Find You in the Dark teaches me something new, about Asperger’s. I never heard about it till I read A Song for Julia, it doesn’t mention much there, but it gets my attention. So when I knew A. Meredith Walters has new book and that her other mental illness story was really good, I know that I have to read it.

And I’m happy I read it. I know now about Asperger’s more than before. It’s so sad to know that Flynn has to struggle really hard every minute yet so damn proud when he can do thing that he’s afraid to do. I think it’s because the way Ms. Walters writes it. She describes it so clear at some part I hate the way Ellie and her friends treat him. I was just so angry I want to scream at her and ask her how can she do that, doesn’t she have a heart? And when they finally realize their feeling I was wondering how they make their relationship work because I know it will be so hard.

Reading the story from Ellie POV brings a lot of emotions to me, sad, sympathy, proud, happy and mostly angry and hate are there along the story. However, I wish I get more Flynn POV, especially regarding his feeling about his present relationship with Ellie while I only get his story when they were teenagers.

However, the plot is quite predictable I can see it clearly. There isn’t anything that surprised me. It’s like I don’t need to wonder what will happen next, instead I only read and waiting for it to happen.

This is definitely one hard reading for me. Again, there are so many emotions in it and so much dislike toward Ellie. And at some point I also couldn’t quite believe how easy it seems for Flynn to forgive Ellie. But in the end, I think to forgive and forget is their way to make their relationship work because they believe that they do have relationship.

Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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