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Progress by [Silver, Amalie]
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Jesse

I admit, I didn’t think much of Charlie at first. She was rounder than the girls who usually caught my eye. Not my type. But when I saw her sitting in that booth alone, for the first time something in my mind or my instincts or my heart told me to join her.

She defied me.
She challenged me.
She gave me hope.
Before I knew it, moving forward was my only option.

Charlie

I couldn’t tell you when it happened, but it had to have been a gradual change; I never moved too quickly.

If someone would have told me earlier that year what I was going to go through, I wouldn't have believed them.

Jesse was so different from anyone I’d met before. And everyone I’ve met since. He sucked all the life out of me, in the best—and worst—ways.

We don’t get strong overnight. For most of us it takes time. Strength isn’t measured by how high and fast our walls go up, but how easily we can watch them fall.

This book contains material that might be a trigger for some readers. Abuse and rape are implied, but not described in detail. Discretion is advised.

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  • Print Length: 259 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519316518
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  • Language: English
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This book, sigh…

… it was emotionally taxing, sigh…

I have 2 of Amalie’s books waiting to be read, Word Play and Four Play, 2 light funny reads if I recall some of my Goodreads friends’ reviews. Then the cover for this caught my eye. I love the cover! I quickly read the blurb, it didn’t sound funny, but hey, I’ve heard nothing but good things about Amalie’s other books.

After reading this, boy was I in for a surprise! And kinda’ glad in a way that it ended up being my 1st Amalie read. I’m thinking if she can write angst like this, then her funny ones must be really funny.

You get the story of Charlie and Jesse, 2 20-something folks with normal jobs in a pizza place. For whatever reason, they each caught each other’s attention and what began was a friendship, albeit tenuous. Charlie, for all her past experience, is tuned in to Jesse’s feelings. Jesse, on the other hand, doesn’t understand his pull towards Charlie. I wanted to say the friendship grows, but not really. As Charlie figures things out, so does Jesse.

Charlie’s and Jesse’s issues are very real. I can’t relate, but they’re issues one is bound to know well enough whether thru personal experience or those of other’s around. The inner struggle, the aftermath of cruel actions, surviving, the struggles of daily living when facing demons constantly, trying to stay on the right path… Is this really romance? Not sure… Doesn’t sound like it, does it? Yet it is, really.

Maybe it’s just me but the blurb did not prepare me for the heaviness of this book. A few times I’ve asked myself if I wanted to finish it, yet something in the writing makes me want to find out more. At every turn of the page, I was getting impatient but worried at the same time at what could possibly go down.
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This book isn't about fairytale and fantasy. It is a story that may seem like ordinary life, however it packs an emotional punch of infatuation, love, and hate.

Charlie is a girl who is drudging through life not truly living it. She isn't happy with herself or the life that she isn't really living. Then she meets Jesse.... who causes her to feel things that she has never felt before.
"There was something familiar about his pensive and bitter personality that made ignoring him next to impossible. I’d never been so conflicted with my pull toward someone."

These feelings not only twist her relationship with Jesse but have her questioning herself.

Jesse is a man all for himself. Selfish and careless with people's feelings....especially Charlie's. “No offense, but I wouldn’t care if you lived or died.” As he is blunt and harsh from the very beginning, I wondered is this truly how he felt....or was he afraid to feel.

The story is told in a dual POV style that Amalie Silver has masterfully used to allow us inside Charlie and Jesse's heads. The push & pull of emotions took this story that seemed to tell a tale of ordinary regular into an emotional roller coaster.

Thank you, Amalie Silver. Thank you for giving us different. Thank you for sharing Charlie. I can't wait for more.

I received an ARC for an honest review.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d9127bc) out of 5 stars 149 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dfd6d14) out of 5 stars I was everywhere emotionally in this book... great surprise read! March 25 2013
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
My emotions are all over the place while reading Progress by Amy Queau. The story was well written, the characters were well developed, and the sexual tension between Charlie and Jesse was MASSIVE! I kept waiting for the two to get it together already! Progress is a very unique and different type of romance novel. I don't think I have ever read anything quite like this before, it was refreshing to read about a well developed friendship for a change.

In Progress you will meet two characters battling personal problems affecting their adult life and being able to have a healthy relationship. Charlie is a 23 year-old girl with very low self-esteem. Growing up on the heavy side Charlie was made fun of by the boys in her school causing her to feel useless and ugly. She doesn't trust men and always doubts herself not letting anyone getting close to her, which is why she is a 23 year and still a virgin who has never even been on a date before. Then there is 26 year-old Jesse who suffers from bi-polar disorder causing mood swings and anger issues. He also comes from a dysfunctional upbringing and was raised in foster care. When the two meet it is only disastrous, as they are completely wrong for each other but also exactly what they need for each other. As both try to better themselves emotionally and physically their feelings for one another only grow until it finally explodes...

I was not expecting Progress to be such an emotional roller coaster of a book. I was everywhere on my opinions and emotions for Charlie and Jesse as a couple. At first I thought he was just a "man ho" with a rough shell that Charlie could break and they could have a wonderful love affair. Then I got to know Jesse and all of his issues... I wasn't sure if I wanted Charlie with him at all. Then a scene in a book came when Jesse went to find Charlie while she was away for the weekend and I decided right there I wanted nothing more for them to be together and be happy. It was such a sweet but innocent thing Jesse did that won me over and made me "Team Jesse".

Ms. Queau did a wonderful job describing the characters, I felt I knew Charlie and Jesse very well and understood their characters. I do not know very much about bipolar disorder and learned a lot about the disorder while reading. The author obviously did research and made Jesse's character very real.

I love a good build up for characters before they get together but this book was ALL build up! I loved the friendship developed between the two. It was caring and loving, I just wanted them together so bad and for Jesse to change his ways. Charlie makes him a better person but he also makes Charlie a better person too giving herself confidence she so desperately needs. I did not realize this was a series and cannot wait for book two to find out what happens. Be warned it does leave on a bit of a cliff hanger for Charlie and Jesse. These two are driving me crazy!
I give Progress 4 Stars.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa202ce94) out of 5 stars Amazing. Seriously. Jan. 21 2016
By Patricia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First off, I just would like to say thank you. Thank you so much. As a young woman who is a size 22 and trying to hard to not feel hideous and less of a person this book touched me. Thank you for Charlie. I can't tell you how amazing it feels to finally read about a woman who isn't skinny or "curvy." You wrote about a plus sized woman and I felt so connected for the first time. It's like you wrote this while in my heart and mind. I can identify with her and I have felt everything she feels. I cried so much with her words because I feel so much of that. I can thank you enough for writing about someone real.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d92e9e0) out of 5 stars Great read June 26 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
My Favorite Lines:

"She really didn't have much to lose, unless he wanted to take her virginity. Which, at this point, she would have given to a passerby."

"I'm tired, Jess. Tired of how much effort it takes to be friends with you. Tired of how much it takes to want you. I'm sick of the torture of your highs and lows. You make me feel so inadequate one second, and then you treat me like I'm the only woman in the world the next. You are so wonderful and so horrible at the same time -"

"You've taught me so many things, Jess. You've showed me what relationships should and shouldn't be. You've taught me that no matter how ugliness is shunned and ridiculed, that I should never again feel inferior to anyone. You've shown me just what I want in someone, and a few things I don't."

"Love isn't supposed to be where you go just because you have no place left to run."

What I Thought:

I want to start off by saying that this is the first time in a long time I've strayed outside the lines of Young Adult Fiction, and I'm glad I did.

Characterization is everything to me. It doesn't matter how great a storyline is, if the characters are uninteresting or have no effect on me, I lose interest. This story had both, but more than anything, it had Charlie.

I started off the book liking her. She's about a year older than me, and although our situations are different, I saw a lot of myself and people I know in her. She was very real. By the end of the book, I adored her. She became such a strong, amazing person, and if you read this book you'll see that most of my favorite lines come from the end, because she just got that amazing.

I didn't like Jesse. He reminds me of someone I used to know, and his character hit too close to home. But it was a love-hate relationship. Of course I found myself rooting for them, but at the same time whenever Charlie told him off, I rooted for her.

I loved how the majority of this book focused on their friendship. Don't get me wrong; I love epic love stories where the characters fall madly in love two seconds into the novel, but this was different, and in a refreshing way. The story took place over a year's time, and you were able to see how both characters changed and shifted, both within their relationship to each other, and individually.

I would recommend this book to anyone. It was thrilling, and kept your attention throughout; there were no dull spots. It's going to be a series (a trilogy, I believe) and I look forward to reading the other books when they come out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d72a0e4) out of 5 stars Gut-wrenching... Jan. 21 2016
By Annika - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Oh, wow. What a powerful, heart-wrenching story. A story of two broken souls full of self-loathing on their painful journey to self-discovery and self-respect.
I ended up reading this book basically in one swoop.

Charlie's been overweight since she was a child. Two decades of verbal and emotional abuse have left her an insecure mess without an ounce of self-worth. When she meets Jesse, she immediately feels an odd pull towards him.
Jesse suffers from bipolar disorder, resulting in severe mood swings and terrible depressions. He lost his faith in humanity and love a long time ago, but finds hope in the form of shy, kind-hearted Charlie.
In the course of a year, Charlie and Jesse develop the most dysfunctional and unhealthy friendship, while simultaneously finding solace in each other.

There were times when I despised both Jesse and Charlie.
Jesse for more obvious reasons – he was a prick. He used his condition as an excuse to be a cruel SOB and insult and degrade Charlie who was nothing but kind to and supportive of him. He had no filter and didn't know or didn't care when it was time to shut the hell up. He wasn't good for Charlie. Not good for her and not good enough for her. It was hard to like him. But although he was toxic, he managed to unleash the will in Charlie to be more. More than the broken, bullied girl she used to be.
I despised Charlie because she was far too forgiving. I can't count the times the little voice in my head would scream „Walk away already! You're better than this!“ or „Please don't go to him, he doesn't deserve you!“. It was frustrating.
But then, there were times when I just got so overwhelmed with emotions. I wanted, no, I needed them to be together. To have the HEA those two damaged people deserved so much. It was painful.

This was a heavy and incredibly angsty read, full of drama and push-and-pull.
I'm not sure if I'll be reading the sequel. This was a very depressing read and I'm not sure if I could stomach more of it.

I'm also a little worried about the message this book conveys. Even though she was told repeatedly by others that she was beautiful regardless of her weight, in the end Charlie developed her self-worth solely based on two things: her weight loss and the attention of men, Jesse in particular. While I was thrilled for her that she managed to overcome some of her indoctrinated self-hatred, I think it was for entirely wrong reasons. And that bugs me.

ARC provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8f02b8) out of 5 stars DNF.... the characters were too depressing and confusing March 3 2016
By W. Seaman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
DNF... This book was not for me. As the lead female character, Charlie has no self confidence. I like a strong female character who is witty, confident, sassy and worth reading her story. I don't care what she looks like, but who she is as a character. Charlie's character was just so negative and her self-esteem was nil.

Jesse is the male character, and he's just as confusing and unmotivated. Again, perhaps he's hot and attractive, but his personality was lacking.

I'll assume they grow on each other, find who they are in one another, may be fall in love, but no thanks. This did not draw me in at all. Sorry. DNF.

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