Review: The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett

Review: The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett

Review: The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett
The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett

Genres: Young Adult
Published by Amazon Childrens Pub
Publication Date: January 27th 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
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Synopsis:

Benjamin Nefer seems to have it all. He’s the most popular guy in school, the star quarterback with college scouts looking at him, his grades are near the top of his class, he can get any girl he wants . . . but he hides behind his dream life to mask the nightmare of his reality.

Charlie Austin is the new girl. Forced to move in with a bitter aunt, she only wants to protect her fragile mom from the world’s cruelty. When Benjamin sets his sights on Charlie, she’s armored against his charm—friends warned her about Benjamin’s game of pursuing and then dumping a long line of girls, not caring about the broken hearts he leaves behind. She doesn’t count on how single-minded he can be when she refuses him, or how charismatic, easing into her life through what he claims is just friendship.

Benjamin thought he could keep Charlie in the same place he keeps all girls—something to be used and then discarded. But Charlie has as many secrets as he does, secrets he’s determined to discover while keeping his own hidden. He realizes she’s the perfect girlfriend candidate . . . someone he can use to keep up the façade of a perfect life. Now he just has to keep his frozen heart from softening toward this unique girl, because if he doesn’t, his carefully constructed lies might just come thundering down around him, crushing him beneath the burden of feeling.

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Review

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

This book tried a little too hard to be serious. It dealt with some very serious issues, but reading about how the characters dealt with their problems just didn’t feel natural.

 

Benjamin is a star football player, the most popular guy in school, and a complete womanizer. His life seems perfect on the outside, but he has a dark secret. His father beats him daily, and his mother abandoned him years ago. Because of his parents, Benjamin has closed himself off from feeling, and goes through the motions of daily life until he can get his football scholarship and leave his crappy life behind forever. His plan is complicated when he meets the new girl in school, Charlie, and she awakens feelings in him that he thought died a long time ago. 

Charlie also has a few secrets of her own. She is beautiful, smart, and finds friends in her new school immediately, but she also builds a wall around herself and won’t fully let anyone in. Not only does Charlie have diabetes, but she is a product of a brutal sexual crime that was committed against her mentally handicapped mother. She’s not ashamed of her illness or of her mother, but she is sick of the way some people react when they find out about her personal life so she decides not to tell anyone. Charlie loves her mother fiercely, and would do anything for her, but she takes on too much responsibility all by herself.

 

Both Charlie and Benjamin could frustrate me at times. Benjamin was a jerk who mistreated any girl who made the decision to date him. He wasn’t abusive, but he would chase a girl down just to dump her before they ever got to the third date. There is no way to sugar coat it, the dude was a jerk! But he dated because it made him look normal, not because he wanted to use girls so I gave him a pass. His home life was so rough that silly trivial things like him not wanting a girlfriend didn’t seem to matter.

 

Charlie frustrated me because of how controlling and selfish she could be, but it all came from a good place in her heart. her mom was all she had, and she spent her entire life taking care of her so it was hard for her to learn to let her mother have a life of her own. However, this was a young girl who had just lost her grandmother (The only real parent she had), dealt with a life threatening disease, and had to take on the responsibility of parenting her mother. Considering all of this, her occasional attitude with her aunt was forgivable.

There was only one character that really pissed me off.

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The relationship between Charlie and Benjamin was just okay. They didn’t have enough cute or passionate moments for me. I don’t mean I wanted them to make out more, because I know this author doesn’t write that way, but I also know that this author can write a passionate love story without writing one kissing scene, and that didn’t happen this time. I enjoyed the friendship between the two of them more than I did the romance. Benjamin was darn cute with Charlie’s mom though.


Overall, this was a decent book that did cause me to tear up towards the end. The writing was good, the main characters and their relationships were well-developed, and it had a satisfying ending. This won’t be a new favorite of mine, but if you like moody Young Adult novels, then this one is worth your time.

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Author Biography

About Cindy C. Bennett

Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She lives with two daughters, and three dogs. She also has two sons and two daughters-in-law. She volunteers her time working with teen girls between the ages of 12-18, all of whom she finds to be beautiful, fascinating creatures. When she’s not writing, reading or answering emails she can often times be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home (yes, she rides a Harley and no, you'd never know it to look at her!).

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