Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review: Noah and Me by Beckie Stevenson

“So you fix broken hearts, do you?” I ask. “Seems a little ironic.”

Noah Carter is one of the best cardiothoracic doctors in the country. He’s incredibly intelligent, funny, kind and he’s a beast in the bedroom. He has scars that drizzle down his chest and painful memories of an unforgettable night that plague his every waking hour.

Seven years ago, Noah stumbled upon me at the side of a grave and saved me in one of the most compassionate ways another human being can save another. I will always love him for that. Always.

He loved me in a way that no man has ever loved me since, and I gave him everything. I gave it all to him until my secrets and lies tore us apart, forcing me to shatter his heart into a thousand little pieces.

Seven years ago, he loved me…but now he hates me. And I hate that he hates me. Leaving Noah is my biggest regret in life - and I have a lot of things that I regret. A lot.

I’m Ariel Miller, and this is the story of Noah and Me.

4.5 Stars

Review by Jen Hagen 

Seldom can I make it through a book without sneaking a peek at the end, but I did it with this book and I paid the consequences for it hours afterwards…my stomach was still churning.  This book is an angst lover’s dream.  The hot and cold between these two characters is undeniably some of the best I’ve ever read. 

Ariel is a 17-year-old who has just buried her parents and is in the worst place one could ever imagine to be in when she meets Noah, a handsome 23-year-old.  Noah and Ariel have more in common than she knows.  Noah has been dealt with his own tragedy at a young age and is offering Ariel comfort and reassurances that things will get better.   Noah will never know that Ariel’s life does better because she leaves him without an explanation.  They don’t speak to each other for 7 years. 

Ariel is beginning her job as a nurse and has taken residence in the same building as Noah.  What a shock to see that they will not only be working in the same hospital but sharing mutual friends.  Noah has given his friends warning to stay away from her, and in turn he also has told Ariel not to corrupt them with her ways as he knows that Ariel is changed.  Ariel has changed into a woman who sleeps with a lot of men and only for one night.   No two nights have ever been replicated.  Noah is repulsed by this behavior and still is wondering why Ariel left him. 

Noah does not deny the fact that he hates Ariel, but yet he also hates himself for not being able to get over her and for still loving her.  The story is told in alternating present/past chapters adding a prolonged angst effect as to why Ariel really left.   Noah finally receives his long-awaited answers and although he may be able to forgive, he cannot forget.

“I love you,” he whispers against my skin, “but I don’t think I can get over what you did or how you made me feel.”

Just when things are starting to look like they will be able to work things out and find a future together an event happens where I literally had to shut my Kindle off and walk away.  I was ready to throw it or throw up.  If I had stomach problems before this, now it is a cataclysmic acid-inducer of epic proportions.  Aagh…even thinking about this again makes me disturbed, but yet I want to read it again!  I loved Noah…he was there for her when she was at a low point and he helped her see the light.  He is sweet and thoughtful and an all-around good guy.  He was dealt a crappy hand, but yet he found a way to persevere.  Ariel bothered me a little bit in her wallowing and the way she handled it with her sexual encounters.  I don’t know if I could have been able to get past it the way Noah did, but that just cements the fact that Noah is a good guy.  The story may seem like there are too many WTF moments, but once you accept it and move forward, I hope you can enjoy the angst as much as I did. 

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