Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Blog Tour + Review: Progress by Amalie Silver

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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.
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 story teaches us about confidence, or sometimes lack thereof, although Charlie does seem come to terms with her body image. She has always been a big girl and she never felt comfortable with her body. She never thought she was even remotely attractive. Charlie assumed that people were always snickering behind her back about how big she was. Therefore, when Jesse showed even an ounce of interest, she felt that he had an ulterior motive and that he could in no way, be attracted to her.
Jesse is a playboy. He dates all of the hostesses at the restaurant that they work at. They are always so pretty, petite and young. He is a blonde bad boy, who drives a motorcycle. Totally not the type to go for a curvy and vivacious redhead, named Charlie.
Jesse likes to treat her not so well and she thinks that he is just another mean jerk. Charlie later finds out that Jesse has issues of his own. There is a reason that he is the way that he is. The problem is .. will he let her in? He takes baby steps with Charlie and sometimes things come out of his mouth before he realizes what he is saying and he ends up hurting her.
The two seem to be opposites, but they also seem to work so well. Charlie is the yin to Jesse's yang. The up to his down. The couple find that they need each other, in their own personal and different ways. The way that Amalie writes about mental illness is remarkable. You fall in love with the characters and feel what they are feeling. All too many girls have body image issues and I love that Amalie is not afraid to talk about it. Lets lift up everyone with any type of depression, body image or health issues. One-click this baby today!

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Amalie Silver resides in Minnesota with her husband, two toddlers, and German Short-haired Pointer, Saba. She consumes approximately three pots of coffee a day, and credits this for her survival over the past decade. When not completely consumed in her writing, she can be found taking road trips to northern Minnesota, engaging in fierce Scrabble games, or reading a good book. She’s a sucker for all romance genres, literary fiction, and psychological fiction.


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