Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Book Review: Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine!


Author: Chelsea Fine
Author Online: Twitter Website
Publisher: Acacia Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: June 20, 2011
Format: Paperback, 128 pages.
My Rating: 5/5
How I Got It: I won this book from a giveaway, and later received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review/giveaway.
Summary: (Taken from Goodreads )While other high school seniors are dreaming about their futures, Sophie and Carter are just trying to make it through each day. Carter is overwhelmed by issues at home as he struggles to support his mother. Meanwhile, next door neighbour Sophie is left to care for her three younger siblings in place of their absent and troubled mother. All that holds these two best friends together is each other, and knowing that each night they'll sit together on Sophie's front porch swing and escape from reality, if just for awhile. But as their relationship reaches a turning point and high school graduation nears, will their friendship become something more?
My Review:
Sophie & Carter, in one word, was freaking-adorable. See what I did there? I hyphenated it to make it one word. I’m so clever.
Sophie is this sweet, young girl whose mother has abandoned not only her, but her three younger siblings, as well. She lived the kind of life that is hard to imagine—it was more or less a nightmare—but she still had this sense of sweet innocence to her, and although she was wise beyond her years, she gave off this vibe of naïveté that, to me, made her feel all the more real.
Carter was a guy who, like Sophie, had been through so much, but had still come out of it all a good person. He cared for Sophie like no one ever had, and was always her shoulder to lean on, in more ways than one.
I loved how gentle he was, with both Sophie, her little brothers and sister, and even his mother, who was mentally unstable.
But at the same time, he was such a strong, brave character—Sophie as well—and I think that made this story even better; the fact that, despite the life that they had been given, Sophie and Carter never complained about it. They both did what they had to do to make sure that their loved ones were taken care of, and when that was finished, they took care of each other.
While reading Sophie & Carter, there were times when I would smile, laugh, get angry, and, yes: even a little teary-eyed. Chelsea Fine writes in a way that makes you feel like you’re right there in the story, speaking and interacting with these lively and enduring characters. She makes you feel the intense heartbreak of Sophie and Carter’s home lives, the joy of when they are together, and the romance that is always seeping over the edge, dying to break free and let itself be known between these two best friends.
My only complaint, which isn’t really one at all, is that, while Carter’s P.O.V (point of view) was written in normal-style font, Sophie’s was written entirely in italic. I found this to make Sophie’s chapters a bit confusing and hard to read since I had never read a full chapter of any book all in italic. But moving on from that—Sophie & Carter is a very short book—only 117 pages!
I know that some people had a hard time with this fact, but really—I don’t think Sophie & Carter needed to be any longer. Chelsea Fine is truly a great writer; she told the story in its entirety, all in a reasonable amount of time. Nothing dragged on, and nothing was left in the dust. She gave readers the answers to our questions (if we had any questions), she let us feel the emotions of her characters, and by the end of the story, I felt that the book of Sophie & Carter had already closed, and that is a great feeling to have; knowing you can close a book because you met the last page and it greeted you like an old friend. This book left me feeling happy, and completely satisfied.
If you’re looking for a beautifully crafted, heartfelt and adorable, yet heartbreaking novel—Sophie & Carter is that book. I hope you love it as much as I do.

He turns his hand over to grasp mine. And we sit, silent and connected at the hand, for long minutes, staring at the dark street. I’m happy. –Sophie & Carter

I am happy to announce that Chelsea Fine will be stopping by for an interview, and I will be holding a giveaway for a paperback copy of Sophie & Carter! Please follow my blog if you would like to be notified as to when this will all be happening. Thank you!

5 comments:

  1. This sounds positively adorable! I haven't heard much about it, but definitely adding to my wishlist :)

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  2. Oh it is short! Personally I don't mind short books if it doesn't actually feel too short. This one sounds super cute too! Awesome review!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  3. You really should, Jac! It was wonderful! :)

    Giselle: It really was! One of the most heartfelt and adorable books ever! Thanks for reading my review! :)
    -Angel

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  4. Sounds cute! I'm lovin' the cover! BTW... I LOVE your butterfly on your blog! My eyes keep wanting to wander in that direction!

    bookluvrmindy
    Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

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  5. Mindy: It really is! And thank you! I love it, too, haha. :) Thanks for reading my review! :)
    -Angel

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