Friday, 5 August 2016

Review: Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti

Ten Below ZeroTen Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti

“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you're ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”
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.

Claire's Review 5 of 5 Stars

This is my first Whitney Barbetti novel and it certainly won't be my last! I picked this up solely because I was attending the Four Brits Book Fest in June 2016 and Whitney was an attending author, who I gladly had the pleasure of meeting and getting my copy of Ten Below Zero signed!

Ten Below Zero is the story of Parker, a girl who is trying to live her life after a horrific attack she doesn't have no memory of, and Everett who she meets accidently through a wrong text message. Whereas Parker is hiding from life and keeping to herself, Everett is dying and embracing his life to the max.

I loved this book! The characters were far from perfect but you cannot help but love them for it. The ending to the book completely floored me as the outcome was so different to what I had expected. This is a definite must read!