Ten Below Zero by Whitney BarbettiTen Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti
Published August 2014
Genres: New Adult
Format: eBook
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My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.

A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.

His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.

He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.

Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.

He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he's dying.

Parker sees life with total indifference. She has no desire to make a dent in this world, and is content with people-watching, as long as she doesn’t have to open up to anybody. Yet, on night, she gets a message on her phone, addressed to the wrong number, and decided to be bold and go with it.

What she doesn’t expect is to meet Everett, a rude, pushy and arrogant guy who she can’t help feeling attracted to. And she soon learns that Everett is dying from cancer, but made it his mission live life to the fullest while he still can. And he also made it his mission to force her to stop slowly dying inside

This is the story of two total opposites making each other complete, and helping each other heal. Everett is dying. He knows it, and he has come to terms with it – this is why he wants to make the most out of his last days. Parker, on the other hand, let one unfortunate event define her, and while she doesn’t have a life-threatening disease like Everett does, she’s still giving up on life and spends her days without actually living.

Everett’s only goal is to make her see that she is wasting her life away. He is literally looking to capture the sweet moments (and memories) in life, rather than living a long life. Because without the sweet moments in it, a life is not worth living – and that’s what he wants to teach Parker.

And while Parker is totally numb at the beginning of the book, she warms up to Everett’s view of life and is brought back into a state of actually wanting to share those sweet moments with Everett, and actually wanting to fight for this, and more.

This is also a road-trip story (one of my favourite types of stories), and to me, this book inevitably brought up some good memories of The Edge of Never, which is definitely a good thing. The whole book is very poetic and many quotes in this book are valuable words of wisdom. The end was a bit foreseeable but it didn’t change the whole effect and morale of the story one bit. God, this was actually one of the vey rare emotional reads where you just can’t help crying because you are feeling so deeply for the characters, especially for Everett – and not just because he is dying but because he holds so much wisdom and still, in some ways, hope.

This definitely sounds like an extremely sad story, judging from the blurb, and some of you might think it will be as heart-wrenching as The Fault in Our Stars or any other likely book, but believe me, while this book is indeed tear-threatening, it will not throw you off the cliff with a devastating ending.

I definitely recommend this book for a heart-felt, gut wrenching but still steamy read!

Detailed Rating
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Overall: five-stars