Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Review: The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett

Image & description from goodreads.com
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 Thoughts:

It's so hard to imagine what some kids go through just to survive.  What hell some of them endure without anyone ever realizing.  For Ben & Charlie, hiding their home lives seems like the only way to survive.  Charlie fails to see that hiding her secret isn't protecting someone she loves, it's protecting herself.  Ben learns that not all love ends in hurt and not all hurt goes on forever.  Cindy Bennett uses her amazing gift of writing about difficult subjects to create a wonderful story with such realistic characters.  I've loved every book of her's that I've read.  She has a way of bringing out beautiful results from really tragic situations.  You might want to have some tissues handy.

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