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Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease' with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably. So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates. But as they sit, they notice the other.

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Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B.

And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be. Well, except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love with the other. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you. I really need to read this book.

I have heard so many awesome things about it and now after reading your review I am wanting it all over again. I will find time to read it. Fab review!!! That being said I liked the premise of this book. The idea of two kids failed by the foster care system is both timely and important. I also liked Callum--who wouldn't?! I also thought Fisher did a good of creating suspense with the John Bell plot line.

But that's about all I liked. Harper's actions and words didn't fit a kid with a rough past Admittedly, I am not Fisher Amelie's target audience. Harper's actions and words didn't fit a kid with a rough past who got into fights. She was way too damsel in distress which would be fine if her background and initial attitude supported it.

And what eighteen year old New Yorker would say, "Bless my soul! The resolution to the conflict took six years. These people would have to be blind to be together six years and not know the other's feelings. Also, the initial connection between Callum and Harper, being foster kids, was lost in the second half of the book. Certain things seemed not to fit, like the laptop and stereo they owned even though they were college kids on work study and no family support.

It was like they went to college and all their money troubles subsided. Yeah, right.

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The dialogue was very choppy in places, with little transition from the narrative. But as a writer and a teacher, what really bothered me was the butchering of English. I could not find a publisher listed, so I can only assume this is self-published. With that comes a lack of professional editors. This may have been the first time I've ever seen you're used when your should have been! The tense shifts were also very distracting especially in the first half of the book. That may seem like a picky English teacher's comment, but it was very distracting, and took away from the story. Oh, and one last complaint: what was with all the smelling of one another??

View 1 comment. Shelves: favorite , nook-books , absolutely-amazingly-awesome , tearjerker. WOW, oh my Jesus. That shit was intense. Oh fuck me, this is another Chasing Nikki. I can't read this, it's too much. Oh shit, help me I can't stop sobbing my eyes are going to fall out!! When do they get a break?? You've got to be fucking kidding me!!! Those thoughts were all going through my head while reading this book.

There was alot more soaring out of my mouth but alot was worse so I am trying to keep it clean, a little. My brain is still fogged and my eyes are stil WOW, oh my Jesus. My brain is still fogged and my eyes are still swollen since I cried the last half of this book. Actually I cried about every chapter but the last pages or so were nonstop sobs and screaming. This was an intense and suspenseful story. So many emotions consume you at one time.

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It's a god damn rollercoaster that gets so out of control you feel like you're in the air ready to free fall. It was freaky. But nonetheless, it was a hell of a good story that taught me so much about life and the hands we are dealt with. It's a tragic turned love story that captivates you from start to finish.

You're constantly at the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next. I swear it took so much energy out of me from the time I started page one til the time I stopped reading just now. My head is literally spinning. Callum Tate and Harper Bailey were an unlucky pair since they were born. Callum was 4 years old when his real parents died and he happened to be in his car seat when it happened during the accident and was saved only by the seat belt keeping him in place.

Since then he was taken into Social Services and hopped from family to family until he was 16 years old. He never had a real family. He never experienced any kind of love. No one wanted him. The only friend he ever did have in high school was killed by a stupid punk drug dealer, in front of him. His parents kicked him out and that's when he stopped trying to find a family.

He knew he was doomed and would never be accepted into a loving family. She jumped from family to family, trying to fit in But eventually no one really wanted her because she became a trouble maker She was at a family who also fostered another child her age. She wanted to befriend him but realized what a sick piece of fucking shit he was when he tried to rape her in her room late at night.

He practically beat her and threatened her life and she felt trapped and did what he said. Until she decided to lock her door at night and he would pound on her door waking the family up. Then when the foster parents realized he was a crazy lunatic, she left and never found another home.

Callum and Harper are sitting at Social Services one day when they both notice each other. They can't help their attraction for one another, it's undeniable. After Harper puts her name on the waiting list for a permanent family she's told it could be a year before she gets anything. So she leaves and heads for a shelter, coincidentally leaving the building the same time Callum does.

What are the odds? Well as they stand in line, he gathers up the nerve to talk to her and ask where she's going. She tells him and again, it's coincidence He offers her a ride on his motorcycle. So they stand in line and wait Wait, for a place where they don't have to be on the streets. Then when waiting is over, they're told there are no more cots and the door is shut in their face.

So Callum finds a pay phone at a gas station and phones a friend, where they stay for a few days. Overtime, Callum and Harper's friendship grows as they realize they are so much alike. They come from the same fucked up, sad and lonely lives. They only have each other to lean on and Callum becomes responsible He realizes his feelings for her are turning into something more.

As does she. But neither of them act on it because, while they like each other I know that sounds lame I couldn't think of the analogy I wanted, I'm in a daze. Forgive me. So not wanting to ruin the only stable relationship they've really ever had in their lives, they don't want to ruin it. Eventually Callum and Tate become so close, it scares the shit out of them.

They work together at a restaraunt that helps them keep a steady flow of cash. Harper becomes very aquainted with Callum's older generous band friends he met years before. They take them under their wing as Callum has taken Harper under his. His dream is to be a doctor Even when he was nothing, had nothing Afraid of being rejected, Harper told him she didn't want to go to school.

The counselor pulled some strings and got her in. They made enough money to get an apartment and pay for the tuition.

Then they got robbed on the subway, after hours and hours of hard labor, work, lack of sleep and time they put in to getting something under their belts. Oh then there was a fire Talk about shitty luck. No matter where they turned, something was keeping them from having a decent life. Just when they were getting some where, their lives crumpled to the floor. But the worst thing was when that son of a bitch from Harper's past came barreling back into her life and put their lives in grave danger. He was a psycho path if I ever saw one, claiming that Harper was his. He ruined many lives to get to her.

He was relentless and demented. He literally made me sick to my stomach at the things he did to her. I was practically dry heaving in some parts. I dare to say he was worse than Valentine Morgenstern, evil as can be. Needless to say, she almost lost her life. It was so close, I almost quit reading. I swear, it felt like it was headed in the direction of Chasing Nikki and after the shit they'd been through their entire lives I couldn't bear the thought of Callum losing her for good.

I sobbed out loud and had to catch my breath numerous times. It felt more like a murder mystery than a love story. But I kept on reading and glad I did. I won't tell you what happens but I will say this book will make you think twice about bitching at the things you don't have and thank God for the things you do have. Because these two 18 year olds had nothing and they still believed that somehow they were going to be okay. Because Callum said so. Okay, so let me say one thing first. This book was probably not edited fully because there were several grammar errors throughout.

I found myself correcting sentences or doing a double take to make sure that was written that way or this way and not like I was imagining it or something. There were many errors that were pretty obvious I'll admit. But regardless of that, I continued to read because to me it's more about the story itself that matters. Yes, grammar matters too but I didn't let it disuede me from finding out what happened to these beloved characters. As a writer myself, I can say that people don't realize how much effort and work goes into telling a story.

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It's not easy in the slightest. Maybe with an editor, it's of course easier and a piece of cake. But it costs alot of money to get an editor. This was definitely a breath of fresh air. A new kind of hope and love story that was so remarkable as it was tragic. I've never thought about how homeless people live. It's the saddest thing ever. And seeing it written down in full view in vivid detail is so much worse.

I felt so much sadness for these two characters that I truly wished I could reach into my nook, scoop them up and keep them safe with me.

Oh my God, this was. It was just so heartbreaking. The storyline was different from anything I've ever read. And I've read in reviews that the "insta love" part was unrealistic. Uh, first off, there was somewhat of insta love but it was never acted on til like over halfway through. There were events that took place that just shattered your soul watching them go through it, was so real and devastating. There were few happy moments for Callum and Harper. They were being chased by some douche bag who was so demented and sick, he made Sebastian look sane.

Well, sorta. Don't quote me on that but that's how I felt. That son of a bitch needed some serious psycho therapy or something.

Book Review: Callum & Harper (Sleepless #1) by Fisher Amelie ~ Let's Say It's a Blog

I literally could not sit down and read for too long. I was pacing around with my nook in hand punching my fist in the air and kicking my feet out, instinctively. It was the weirdest thing. I loved the characters in this book. First off, it alternates between Callum and Harper's pov which is freakin awesome! I loved Callum's head the most. He's the most sexy amazing guy in fiction.

Dammit, Jace I didn't mean that baby! You're still my 1!!! But really, he's made my top 10 because he's just nothing but amazing, caring, sexy, generous and just irresistable. Once you meet him, you instantly fall in love with him. So yea, this insta love crap people are bashing I screamed for it to happen.

I begged and pleaded hoping my nook would surprise me with something hot or sensual. Fucking A I get kisses here and there and some flirting but nothing beyond that the first half of the book. I was ready to die. But really, it made their story much better.

It made their story more personal and attracting. I found that it was fine that way. I got to see their side and I knew how each of them felt, so I was satisfied with how it worked out. This book is so recommended to everyone. I kid you not, it will change your life in more ways than one. Callum and Harper have a place in my heart so deep that no one can replace them I think everyone should make an effort to read this.

It will open your eyes to so many things you were once too blind to see. I still have a heavy heart right now, which is why I'm ending my review now because I can hardly think and I'm sure I'm missing some points I wanted to harp on but too tired and wore out from crying that I can't do it.

But please, buy and read this, you will not regret it. I'm so glad I did. View all 31 comments. Feb 23, Kilikina rated it it was amazing Shelves: love-love-love , favorites , swoon-worthy. I have never read a book that was as real or raw as this one. Callum and Harper are the most deserving characters I've read about in a long time, if not ever. The relationship between Callum and Harper made my heart ache. They are the definition of the perfect couple. Their love wasn't an insta-love or something fake- it was so real and so full of passion.

I want to have a relationship like theirs.

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And that's something I've never said about any other couple before. B This book Both of the character's backgrounds were so devastating They've been through the worst of the worse and you can't not root for them. I got so attached to Callum and Harper. I smiled when they smiled, cried when they cried, and laughed when they laughed. This book really does take the meaning of love, loss, and triumph to a whole new caliber. After reading this, I have a new perspective on life. It's easy to forget just how good I have it and everything that I'm blessed with. But this book changed me and made me think about my life.

I have a whole new appreciation for the people and things in it. Nov 29, Dani rated it it was amazing. Callum Tate, also a product of the system, is no stranger to fending for himself on the harsh streets of New York City. But will they have the courage to admit how ridiculously head-over-heels in love they are with each other? This novel is intense. Yet they recognize in each other a kindred soul — someone who can empathize with and understand the emotional trauma and loss of youthful innocence that mark their own experiences. The connection they begin to form, starts a little bit quickly for my personal preference, but I can appreciate their attachment in light of their respective backgrounds.

While the time line for how their relationship progresses is the teensiest bit on the unbelievable side, it is one that builds at a lovely simmer and just begs you to keep turning the page. Fisher does a wonderful job with the pacing and creating a consistently building intensity, both romantic and otherwise, throughout this novel right to its explosive ending. Harper Bailey. Getting too attached to someone only means heartache when they eventually leave you.

Callum is different. He understands. However, from an early age Callum determines from an early age to make something of himself, to define his own worth. So he buries himself in the pursuit of academic excellence, hoping that his efforts will result in college acceptance and a scholarship. His protectiveness of Harper is incredibly endearing and I love his maturity. But more than anything I love that Callum refuses to be a victim of his circumstance. So thank you Fisher, for making me more aware. Overall, with heart-wrenching twists and turns and spine-tingling romance, Fisher Amelie has created a heartwarming story of love, perseverance, hope and the people we make family.

View all 3 comments. Apr 05, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: book-boyfriends-i-wish-were-real , favorite-books , on-deck-now , more-please-to-reread , greatest-book-moments-imo. I never heard of this book and probably wouldn't have read it if I wasn't doing a challenge that needed "Foster Kids". I didn't know what to read but someone else had this book and I went with it. I'm SO happy I did! I'm in love with everything about it. This is the story of Harper and Callum both being kicked out of foster care because they caught "Eighteen Disease".

They run into each other and stay together because they have no other options. I enjoy YA but its usually the fantasy kind. I gue I never heard of this book and probably wouldn't have read it if I wasn't doing a challenge that needed "Foster Kids". I guess because I like my relationships a bit naughtier than YA gives me. But I found something extremely sweet and flirty and at times sexier in Callum and Harper's "almost kisses" and "hands barely brushing together" than in some Adult novels.

It's really a beautiful story about two people with absolutely nothing, but making the best out of everything. Cherry, Charlie and everyone else were just lovely. I even enjoyed the mini "horror story" this book has. I honestly can't say enough wonderful things. I loved it. I've never read anything by Fisher Amelie before but have been interested in reading Vain for quite awhile now. I'm definitely going to get to it sooner! You were right. They're perfect. View all 4 comments.

Aug 19, majo rated it liked it Shelves: 3-stars , new-adult , year , idk-if-i-like-it-or-hate-it. I don't know what to think of this book: Either i like it a lot, or i hate it, and not knowing is frustrating. At some point i was so close to not finishing it, i understand why people do it, the story is hard-to-get-through 'cause i wanted to enter into the book and hit Callum and Harper, equally.

They both love each other, it's so obvious but none of them told that to the other, and it is SO, SO, SO fucking frustrating. HELL hide spoiler ] Many situations in the book could have been avoided if they only speak to each other and tell the truth about their feelings As you can tell, i was passionate-reading it, because this book became an obsession to me. I had some very bad issues with it, but at some point it captured me completely, i swear , and i couldn't stop reading it.

Still, i like the writting of Fisher Amelie, and i think i'm gonna read other book of her in the near future, but i hope it doesn't make me wanna punch somebody while i'm on it, thank you very much. Jun 19, Summer rated it did not like it Shelves: ya , ya-contemp , romance-love , bad-waste-of-time-regret. All the bad things that happened should make the reader feel sad and sorry for the characters instead I just felt disgusted.

I was never drawn into the story but kept reading anyway and wasting my time. Callum and Harper were both extremely flat characters: beautiful and handsome but without much substance. Their love also developed way too fast, sure I believe in love at first sight, and yet their romance never made me giggle or smile, I just kept rolling my eyes all the time. This novel was a waste of time. Rating: 2 stars Jan 29, Glass rated it liked it Shelves: realistic-fiction , romance , drama-drama-drama. I expected one of those "hard" readings that leaves you with bitternes, broken heart, tears in the eyes and healty dose of the angst against the system.

But, no. This is not that book. Callum and Harper is "true american fairy tale" - it's a sweet, naive story, you might even enjoy it. Young girls will love it for sure! Author has a talent when it comes to the art of written word, she knows how to crate the atmosphere and subtly express emotions. Only thing she needs to learn is that some So Only thing she needs to learn is that sometimes less is more, and "all is peachy in the peachyland no matter the fact that by all the logic in the world we shold be totally screwed up" isn't always the wright approach to the subject.

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Plans, you ask? What plans? He leaned over me so closely, my neck craned to see his face. His expression was one of confusion as he studied my own. I gulped. He lifted his hand and dragged the backs of his fingers across my jaw so lightly I barely felt them, but they made me feel dizzy all the same. Product Details About the Author. About the Author Fisher Amelie resides in the South with her kick ace husband slash soul mate. She earned her first 'mama' patch in She also lives with her Weim, 'Jonah', and her Beta, 'Whale'. All these living creatures keep the belly of her life full, sometimes to the point of gluttony, but she doesn't mind all that much because life isn't worth living if it isn't entertaining, right?

Fisher grew up writing. She secretly hid notebooks and notebooks of dribble in a large Tupperware storage container in her closet as a kid. She didn't put two and two together until after college where it suddenly dawned on her, "Hey, I like writing". She's a bit dense. Put down that Oreo, your butt can't take any more.

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