Published by BCherry Books on 4/20/2015
Genres: Contemporary, High School
I had always been the invisible art student in high school.
Passed by. Glossed over. Unnoticed.
Now I was Aria Watson… that girl.
After one bad decision, and being labeled a slut, I was no longer unseen. I was the whore. The ignoramus. The tramp.
I would never be invisible again.
Particularly to Levi Myers. He was the odd boy with the beautiful soul who accepted and understood the broken girl inside me.
Falling in love wasn’t the plan. But how could I resist his promises of hope? Of forgiveness? Of a future I had stopped dreaming of?
We were shattered. We were scarred. We were something strange and beautiful.
We were two lost souls holding on to the only thing that could keep us together.
❝He looked like a whisper sounds. Sweet, gentle, and romantic. It was making me dizzy.❞
If you haven’t yet read Art & Soul, Stop What You Are Doing. READ THIS BOOK!
Poetically written, devastatingly beautiful, Art & Soul will leave you spent from the emotional punches Cherry hits you with time and time again.
Not only was Art & Soul emotionally charged, it was thought-provoking. It reinforced the things I had been taught. Don’t judge what’s on the outside. See past the exterior. Take the time to get to know those around you. You may think you know what’s going on in someone’s life, but until you invest the time to explore them, you never really do.
❝Love openly,❞my heart whispered. ❝Love unconditionally,❞ my heart begged. ❝Love the struggles,❞ my heart taught. ❝Love in the moment.❞
Aria Watson was a bright, talented 16-year-old. She had the love of her family, she had a best friend in Simon and like the rest of us, she made mistakes. Unfortunately for her, her biggest mistake would affect the rest of her life. At 16, Aria had sex for the first time with someone she thought wanted a relationship with her, wanted her. Four things happened after that night, 1.) The boy didn’t want her. 2.) She became pregnant. 3.) She felt abandoned by her family when she needed them the most. 4.) She became the typical joke at school – 16 and pregnant.
❝I wondered what it felt like to be looked at as if I were the only thing that mattered.❞
Levi Myers moved to town to be with his father. He hadn’t had a relationship with him in many years and he was determined to find out why, and repair their broken relationship before it was damaged forever. He also needed to get away from his mother. Her issues were becoming too much to bear, so moving away and getting to know his father seemed like the best of both worlds. Except it wasn’t. His mother still had issues and his father had even more.
❝I wanted dad to want me a little. I wanted Mom to stop wanting me so much. I wanted to be wanted, but not wanted a lot.❞
Levi and Aria develop a relationship based upon friendship and mutual understanding. Pain feels pain. Lonely sees lonely. Kindred spirits know one other.
❝Why didn’t you tell me you were sad?❞ she asked, staring down at her shoes, kicking invisible rocks. ❝I didn’t know I was allowed to be.❞
I absolutely loved Levi’s character. He is one of my favorite male characters ever written. He is strong in his weakness, he is calm in his anger and sweet in his pain. Aria is a strong female character despite her situation. That makes me love her. She totally and completely accepts responsibility for herself and her situation and has the strength and fortitude to make smart decisions. She lives through the pain and moves on!
Art & Soul is one of the most beautifully written and thought-provoking books I have read. It will make you FEEL, it will make you THINK.
In two books, Brittainy Cherry has made her way onto my favorite authors list.
❝She was the rainbow to my everlasting thunderstorms.❞
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