About the Book:
Naked and Far from Home by J.P. Grider
Published on October 18th, 2015
Genre: young adult coming of age story
Tia Mercury was a freshman in high school and had her first serious crush – on a senior who wouldn’t touch her. At least not until she turned eighteen.
Clinton Daniels was not your everyday teenage boy, and because his tougher-than-nails father wouldn’t let him forget it, Clinton became a loner. And learned to distrust everyone.
Until he met Tia.
She was sweet, she was funny, and she knew nothing about good music. It was the nineteen-eighties for goodness sake – time to turn off that AM radio crap. So, while Tia drooled over Clinton, he was busy making her mix-tapes.
She was falling in love. He was ignoring his heart.
See, Clinton had a secret. But sharing it could cost him their friendship, and he was not willing to risk losing the only person he ever loved.
Naked and Far from Home is a serious story that spans a decade. A tale about unconditional love and what two people are willing to look past to prove that love.
Again. HOLY SHIT. I did not in any way whatsoever expect this book to turn out the way it did. There's one particular subject of the book I REALLY can't talk about because it's very spoil-worthy. So again, HOLY SHIT. My mind is going in a hundred different directions right now. One being, I was prepared to give the story a 2.5 or 3 star rating because it starts off so damn slow. Not only that but I didn't like the characters; I didn't not like them either.
I need to have emotional connection to a story and this one wasn't cutting it. The story and writing itself was good but I wanted something to happen. Anything. And boy, it did - I was taken by surprise so many times. I just can't believe all the twists and turns I never in a million years would have guessed. It's a story that teaches us that there are no rules or 'conditions' when it comes to love. Love just is. When it's true and unconditional - age, certain circumstances, and life in general can never truly keep it down.
At thirteen years old, Tia sees the most beautiful boy that will forever change her life. Clinton is a loner and doesn't trust anyone. But the moment Tia walks into his life, his life will forever change too. There's only one problem; Clinton is five years older than Tia. It's illegal for them to even think about a relationship. Clinton ends up telling Tia that he'll wait until she's eighteen to pursue being more than friends - Tia reluctantly agrees.
There starts s beautiful friendship filled with music, unconditional love, loss, and realizing that love does not have any kind of label. It doesn't discriminate against race, gender, or age. That's what makes this story so damn beautiful. I was born in 1989 but to this day I still love eighties music. It was nice reading about 'life' back then.
Music plays a huge part in the book. Make surd you make a playlist of all the wonderful songs! Overall, if you find yourself lost and in need of something, anything, I suggest picking this bittersweet yet uplifting story. It will certainly open up your eyes to love; literally. Also don't be as dense as me! I was still surprised, until the very last page. No joke. The author gives clues throughout the book but damn I was too blind to see anything!
On a side note, be open minded when reading...it opened up my eyes to certain things. My lips are sealed though, I don't want to give anything away. So please, please, make sure you pick this one up asap.
*Thank you the author for providing a print copy for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
J.P. Grider is a New Adult and Young Adult author who is a sucker for a good love story – whether it’s reading one or writing one. And when she’s not reading or writing a fairy tale, she’s living one.
You can follow J.P. on Facebook at J.P. Grider, Author, on Instagram and Twitter @JPGrider1, and on her blog atjpgrider.com
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