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The Art of Life PDF, ePub eBook Jeremy is a devastatingly attractive 21 year old guy with a secret, who just has to walk into a room and flash his winning smile to melt a girl's heart. Isabelle,"Izzy", is a barely noticeable artist, whose home life is less than to be desired. She feels completely alone in the world, that is until the fateful day when Jeremy saves her from school tormentors and changes bo Jeremy is a devastatingly attractive 21 year old guy with a secret, who just has to walk into a room and flash his winning smile to melt a girl's heart. Isabelle,"Izzy", is a barely noticeable artist, whose home life is less than to be desired. She feels completely alone in the world, that is until the fateful day when Jeremy saves her from school tormentors and changes both their lives forever. Isabelle cannot believe her good fortune when Jeremy forms a friendship with her because nothing goes her way. After all, she is blatantly tormented by her peers, ignored by her school crush, has never been kissed, and her mother is an alcoholic. How could she ever have a relationship, even a friendship, with anyone, let alone someone so good looking and altruistic? Though, it's not all good looks, good deeds and fast cars for Jeremy, whose past still haunts him. Can a horrific event that forces Isabelle out of her home and into Jeremy's spare bedroom teach these two how to live and love?

30 review for The Art of Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christi Greer

    WOW....why aren't there more stars?? This book is probably THE best stand alone book I've read this year. I sit here and try to write something profound or thought provoking but I can't even summon up the right words. I'm speechless. First of all -- I can't believe I picked up this book for less than a dollar. It was over 600 pages which to me translates into 'hundreds and hundreds of hours' and again, I just can't believe how incredibly cheap it was. Mrs.Carter...this book is worth so much more WOW....why aren't there more stars?? This book is probably THE best stand alone book I've read this year. I sit here and try to write something profound or thought provoking but I can't even summon up the right words. I'm speechless. First of all -- I can't believe I picked up this book for less than a dollar. It was over 600 pages which to me translates into 'hundreds and hundreds of hours' and again, I just can't believe how incredibly cheap it was. Mrs.Carter...this book is worth so much more!! Second of all, with it being 600 pages there would be a time or two where you would think that things would seem redundant or over worked...but somehow it's not. The image she paints in your mind is beautiful and clear. Three....this book is super clean. I read a lot of stuff...I mean A LOT and the one thing that I wish YA/Romance writers would get is that you don't need a lot of "added stuff" (if you know what I mean) to get your point across. Yeah its okay to read about it here and there but it's not the entire story...and that's what I liked about this one. It was important to Mrs. Carter that the reader understood that the heroine couldn't handle anything other than hand holding and kissing. Forcing this character to fit into the "romance" mold that we love to read so much would just be wrong. Izzy, the heroine, needed to take it slow, learn to trust then learn to love. Four....with it being 600 pages you would think 'what could she possibly have to say?' Well a lot, I think. This story is about a young insecure girl who has never felt love or affection from any individual especially coming from a single parent home. Then you add a guy who's an orphan and kind of has a sketchy background yet he seemed to know way more about love and affection than she did. Taught her more. Showed her more. Fifth....I love how this book didn't have a cliffhanger. I thoroughly enjoyed how the writer took her time to write us a story that she knew needed to be taken slow. AND I L-O-V-E LOVE how she didn't split the book up into two parts and made us wait seven billion months to find out what happens between Jeremy and Izzy...and trust me, with it being so long she SO could have done that. So, Sarah Carter...thanks for not doing that :) Finally, as a writer myself I used to get so worried about the 'filler content' that fits between each major event. I would worry for hours on what to say and how to transition from one point to another and was anxious that what I was talking about made the book too long. Now, I understand that if it's done right....it can work. Now I see that if you transition slowly it can really be a benefit to the story. I am SO SO SO glad I read this book as I do believe it will make me a better writer. So to the four people out there who will actually read this :) read this book....share it with your friends....it will change the way you look at life. Sarah Carter, I can't wait to read your other stuff. Hope your working on it right now...as we speak!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Khadija

    I don't usually write reviews but I just had to address all the issues with this book. Where to start? First of all, the writing was slightly horrifying. The characters in the book were in their late teens and early twenties and all spoke as if they were in their sixties. Nobody under the age of sixty calls anybody "toots", and would it have killed the author to use some contractions? Who in this day and age continuously uses "I am" instead of "I'm" or "you are" instead of "you're". There were s I don't usually write reviews but I just had to address all the issues with this book. Where to start? First of all, the writing was slightly horrifying. The characters in the book were in their late teens and early twenties and all spoke as if they were in their sixties. Nobody under the age of sixty calls anybody "toots", and would it have killed the author to use some contractions? Who in this day and age continuously uses "I am" instead of "I'm" or "you are" instead of "you're". There were so many others, it was ridiculous. That was just some of the few issues with the English. Then came the issues with the storyline. First of all her supposed issues with her "self esteem and shyness". If you have these issues you don't go telling everybody that you meet that you have them and then act like Isabelle does throughout the whole book, like what kind of shy person climbs on a random guys bike and takes off with him? That is not how a person with those issues acts. For a person that doesn't want people to know about her life, she tells an awful lot of people about her life and the way in which she does it so easily and often is so unrealistic. The way she just told people that her mum was an alcoholic and expected people to think the worst was beyond stupid because her life could have been so much worse given how bad alcoholism can get and how dangerous it is. I'm not condoning the mental abuse but there was barely any if at all there was some. She complained about having to cook and clean up after her mother when it could have been so much worse. The same can be said about the "bullying". Again it could have been so much worse and her reactions were so unrealistic. The writing style was ridiculously old fashioned but the storyline was seriously childlike. I personally am a sucker for a romance but the characters in this book were so unrealistic and the storyline written so badly I couldn't enjoy it at all. Why the book was so long when the ending was obvious is beyond me. 1/5 stars without a doubt!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amandapanda potter

    I didn’t like the main character This books was a little good, but it was so annoying and frustrating. The main character is so stupid, it made me want to bang my head against a wall.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brandy Brandenburg

    So hmm. I want to give this book more then three starts I really do but I just can't. Don't get me wrong I liked the book actually I really enjoyed it but it was beyond juvenile. I mean I totally support waiting for marriage to have sex but come on at 18 years old there is absolutely no reason to act like a 12 year old when you here the word sex. And that is exactly how Izzy acted. Sure she can be innocent and naive about it but not be childish. For Pete's sake she's in a sorta relationship with So hmm. I want to give this book more then three starts I really do but I just can't. Don't get me wrong I liked the book actually I really enjoyed it but it was beyond juvenile. I mean I totally support waiting for marriage to have sex but come on at 18 years old there is absolutely no reason to act like a 12 year old when you here the word sex. And that is exactly how Izzy acted. Sure she can be innocent and naive about it but not be childish. For Pete's sake she's in a sorta relationship with a 21 year old guy not that he wasn't totally respectful because he was but really if he had his shirt off she freaked out. She freaked out over every little thing which is why I wanted to throw my iPad down and punch it! Jeremy was great respectful, kind and awesome. Yeah he had a huge secret nowadays what book boyfriend doesn't bunt it wasn't so awful it ruined things. I wish there was more once again I need closure. I waited the entire book for them to finally be together and then bam it was over. I need to know authors what happens next. Marriage, babies, school? WHAT!! Oh and the grammar and editing was also why I didn't go above three. There were a few times I had to re-read because I just didn't get it. Was it a huge deal not really but it did make me rate lower then I might have had I been able to just sweep through it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    deb22luvsbooks

    This books storyline had alot of potential...but the book was a hot mess! I hate go give unfavorable reviews, because I am sure that a whole mess of work goes into writing a book...but this one needed some serious help. For example: The fact that the entire book did not use a darned contraction....nobody talks like that and I had to re-arrange the wording while reading to just make it make sense to me. Nobody says "I do not like to go shopping"...they say " I don't like to go shopping".....and it This books storyline had alot of potential...but the book was a hot mess! I hate go give unfavorable reviews, because I am sure that a whole mess of work goes into writing a book...but this one needed some serious help. For example: The fact that the entire book did not use a darned contraction....nobody talks like that and I had to re-arrange the wording while reading to just make it make sense to me. Nobody says "I do not like to go shopping"...they say " I don't like to go shopping".....and it went that way through the entire book. The overuse of the word "Retort".....first, If I noticed it, I am sure you will too...plus, to me a retort is a snarky reply, not like using the word "said". There was alot of useless filler in this book in my opinion...alot of shopping trips that really did not give us any useful information. Then, most of all, much of the story was pretty unrealistic in a bad way. There was alot of potential for some real angst, that never really materialized and it just fell flat for me. Needless to say, the book needed some serious editing. I stuck with it because I hate to give up on a book, but I kinda wish I had.

  6. 4 out of 5

    GTR33GURL

    I just loved this book from start to finish it was sweet romantic funny sexy sad heartbreaking and beautiful loved the length of the book so worth the money Jeremy ahhh wonderful sexy hero yet another book boyfriend to add my list lol Isabelle was the sweetest broken girl I just loved her and could see why the gang took her under there wings I hated the mom for what she did but was teary eyed by her courage to seek the help she needed and make amends with her daughter only thing missing for me w I just loved this book from start to finish it was sweet romantic funny sexy sad heartbreaking and beautiful loved the length of the book so worth the money Jeremy ahhh wonderful sexy hero yet another book boyfriend to add my list lol Isabelle was the sweetest broken girl I just loved her and could see why the gang took her under there wings I hated the mom for what she did but was teary eyed by her courage to seek the help she needed and make amends with her daughter only thing missing for me was An Epilogue I just love me an epilogue or a sequel lol come on Sarah do a sequel lol fan 4 life!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Love, love Jeremy! He's so damn sweet, caring, thoughtful, sexy and gorgeous! Love him and his heart! I also feel for his pain and Isabelle's. I really think that to have this in Jeremy's POV will be truly awesome.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zoe and the Edge

    This review is really messy. My main point is that the author is pretty freakin' hilarious but she really cannot write. This book is way too long. Ridiculously long. My opinion of it kept going up and down. At first I thought it would be a DNF, and then a third of the way through, I though it would be a 5 star, and then I started getting annoyed with the characters, so I thought maybe a 4, and then it got worse so a 3. Some of the reactions are really off and the way they talk is so stilted and This review is really messy. My main point is that the author is pretty freakin' hilarious but she really cannot write. This book is way too long. Ridiculously long. My opinion of it kept going up and down. At first I thought it would be a DNF, and then a third of the way through, I though it would be a 5 star, and then I started getting annoyed with the characters, so I thought maybe a 4, and then it got worse so a 3. Some of the reactions are really off and the way they talk is so stilted and unrealistic. The bad guy is irksome and the money part of the story almost worst. Oh the awkies. The characters really develop and it ends up being really fabulous by the time you get a third into the book. I like that they are so unusual and maybe a bit controversial but it totally works (until it doesn't, like I said, it's looong). I enjoyed seeing the shy little mouse grow in confidence. This has such a bizarre storyline. But it's kind of fun in a juvenile na-na-na-boo-boo way. I'm really bad at reading bullying stories. Mainly, because I've never been bullied and I just can't imagine responding the way these characters respond. It's been a while since I came across the dreaded no-contractions syndrome. “No, I am kidding. I am 21.” Jeremy appears out of the blue like some kind of fairy godmother. The only thing that saves him is that he knows he's being a weirdo and that the relationship is completely platonic. Isabelle's mother is a codependent and grumpy alcoholic. Jeremy - “You really are worried about me seeing you at home, aren’t you?” “Nobody should see my home life,” I respond. “I don’t want to see my home life.” On the plus side, they're not poor and Isabelle has plenty of cash to splash. Jeremy is very closed in and fields all personal questions but he makes up for it with his outgoing personality. “We will get you there, even if I have to sell some of my organs.” His jokes are a hit and miss but some of them are pretty good. Isabelle - “It will be nice to have your advice if I do start dating. I have never been on one before.” “Well, I will give you a play by play then,” Jeremy laughs. “And I will call you half way through and ask how it is going. If it is going badly, you can pretend your house burned down and leave.” “I made you something.” I put my backpack down and unzip it. “Oh, oh, oh, is it made out of macaroni noodles?” Jeremy giddily jokes. “Now you aren’t going to get it,” I laugh, “make fun of my macaroni noodles.” The pair get up to all sorts of shenanigans. The check out girl obviously cannot take her eyes off of him....He saunters over to the cashier. “Hello.” “Hi,” she replies, in a girly, giggly sort of way. I roll my eyes. “Did you find everything alright?” “You know, we got a little hung up in the contraceptives aisle, but I think we figured it out.” I haul off and kick Jeremy in the shin. He bends over and screams, “Ow!” I cross my arms and smile. “No need for a contraceptive when you can’t stand up straight.” Turning his gaze on me, he says, “Well honey, now you aren’t going to need them for a while.” “Boohoo,”... “So, you found everything alright then?” The cashier asks, staring at us. I nod my head. “Yes, I am sorry for him. I only let him out of the house once a month, if you can’t see why.” Doubling over with laughter, Jeremy turns around. I walk over and pat him on the back. “He is single if you are interested.” “Oh, honey,” Jeremy interjects. “Are you dumping me?” “Yes,” I reply dramatically. “I am moving on to bigger and better things.” Giving the cashier his alluring smile, Jeremy asks, “What’s your name?” The cashier looks at him like he is crazy...“You’re total is 85.68.” “Now, you have to pay for your stuff. I will no longer be your sugar daddy,” Jeremy says, crossing his arms. “Fine,” I sigh. “I don’t know what I will do now. Oh wait, it’s called a debit card.” They like to pretend they're a couple and after a while I couldn't stop giggling because Jeremy is so flirtatious and Isabelle is so mild and shy. They're both really open about their love life. I liked how they were interested in other people and not just each other. Isabelle is crushing on a classmate. “I don’t let anyone see where I live. Sorry,” I quietly mutter. With a quizzical look, he says, “Alright. Do you live in a box or something?” “Yes,” I reply. “Two boxes actually, held together with that tape that fixes everything.” “Awesome, I hope you at least have a great view.” I thought Eric would fall flat, but he's pretty cool too. I'd give him 5 stars. Looking at me, he says, “Give me your cell. I will put it in.” “Umm, yeah,” I retort. “I don’t have a cell phone.” “Wow, okay, get out a piece of paper then. I hope you have that.” And Isabelle's honesty that was so grating in the beginning starts to work in her favour. “I am sorry Eric, but I have to go. I understand if you don’t want to deal with my melodramatic butt, but some things are hard for me to talk about.” Jeremy It made me curious as to how Isabelle and Jeremy would ever cross that line into romantic territory especially with Jeremy sort of being cast in the “older guy” and mentor role. “I will probably need to sleep in. I am going out with the boys Friday night, lots of debauchery and craziness.” “Debauchery, you know what that means right?” I ask. Giving me a perplexed look, he responds, “No, not really.” “It’s like saying you are going to have sex with a whole bunch of people or have an orgy, and I hope that isn’t what you have planned.” Jeremy suddenly bursts out laughing. “I have totally been using that word wrong.” I love the way they became friends and then tried to fight the attraction and chemistry that they established through getting to know each other. Wow, what an unusual concept. Thank heck, no insta-love. Part 2 (view spoiler)[I'm not sure how I feel about Jeremy putting the moves on his new housemate. He knows how naïve and innocent Isabelle is and I think his sexual overtures are a bit too much. (hide spoiler)] Jeremy kind of turns into a major asshole for the second half of the book. Chauvinistic, manipulative, it was a struggle to get to the end. I hated that Isabelle let it all slide because he makes her feel gooey. Jeremy knows how messed up Isabelle's head is and it just seems so selfish of him to take advantage of that. If Isabelle says anything that remotely annoys him he takes it out on her with “physical affection”. I really felt trapped in that kind of relationship. Then it starts going round and round in circles. Isabelle tries to get a life outside of Jeremy and they're both miserable and then he tries to get a life outside of Isabelle and then they're both miserable. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. And of course, when they finally get around to it, they have to do it in the weirdest way possible. I don't know if I love or hate these two. “There is something in this bathroom that I love very much.”...Jeremy looks me right in the eyes, and says, “I am….in love….with something in this bathroom.” Sexual Content: No graphic sex scenes but a lot of steamy flirting

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura Clark

    I love my books - Seriously if I have a spare second my nose will be in a book. So I like to think I know a thing or two about good books. THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST BOOK EVER! Please note I do not say this lightly. The Art of life, follows Isabelle a nerdy high school girl who has a pretty rubbish home life and not a lot going for her in general. One coffee and her life changes course with the arrival of the BEST book boyfriend EVER! Jeremy Stoll. If I could crawl into this book I would. I don't w I love my books - Seriously if I have a spare second my nose will be in a book. So I like to think I know a thing or two about good books. THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST BOOK EVER! Please note I do not say this lightly. The Art of life, follows Isabelle a nerdy high school girl who has a pretty rubbish home life and not a lot going for her in general. One coffee and her life changes course with the arrival of the BEST book boyfriend EVER! Jeremy Stoll. If I could crawl into this book I would. I don't want to ruin the magic that Sarah Carter has create in this book, so I am keeping mum on this one. But if you have ever felt low, sad or alone you need this book in your life now. I have lost count the amount of times I have read it and every time I pick it up, I still get caught up by it. Sweet, touching, heartfelt, funny and hopeful! The Art of life is all you really need! Love you Ms Carter, please, please, please write some more about Izzy and the gang. I cant get enough and I don't think I ever will. This is a story I will take well into my old age. xoxo

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    I was hooked from page one. Jeremy is tender, romantic, damaged; everything a hero should be. Isabelle, Izzy is nonexistent when we start, then Jeremy sees her. They truly save each other and we get to share in their journey. I laughed and cried throughout the novel. The main characters are very real and well defined. The secondary characters are also captivating. Cassandra, Kent, Josh, Eric and Jake all become loyal friends that touched me. I truly enjoyed the first character writing style as i I was hooked from page one. Jeremy is tender, romantic, damaged; everything a hero should be. Isabelle, Izzy is nonexistent when we start, then Jeremy sees her. They truly save each other and we get to share in their journey. I laughed and cried throughout the novel. The main characters are very real and well defined. The secondary characters are also captivating. Cassandra, Kent, Josh, Eric and Jake all become loyal friends that touched me. I truly enjoyed the first character writing style as it is my favorite. This novel encourages virtue. Isabelle and Cassandra proclaim they are saving themselves for marriage. Josh states vehemently how precious it is that Isabelle is virtuous and that these are the kind of girls guys want to date and take home to their families. I found myself cheering for them along with Sarah Carter for emphasizing this message to our youth. I would recommend this book to older teens and adults. It is definitely PG13 for steamy kissing scenes. Overall a five star rating and a very good read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    2.5 Stars So I really, really, really wanted to like this book. The premise seemed like it could be interesting. I am only writing a review simply because I am absolutely baffled how anyone could have given it 5 stars. As one of the other reviewers said, the dialogue was probably the greatest distraction due to its stilted cadence. I mean no one, really talks like that. At one point, it was so distracting that I almost did not finish the book. Also the plot line had a lot of potential but simply 2.5 Stars So I really, really, really wanted to like this book. The premise seemed like it could be interesting. I am only writing a review simply because I am absolutely baffled how anyone could have given it 5 stars. As one of the other reviewers said, the dialogue was probably the greatest distraction due to its stilted cadence. I mean no one, really talks like that. At one point, it was so distracting that I almost did not finish the book. Also the plot line had a lot of potential but simply did not translate in the end. The supporting characters were somewhat more interesting and nuanced than the main characters and the female main character was especially weak. Sigh. I really feel like this is a draft version of a potentially stellar book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jing

    this book is so slow at times but i love it! i love this book so much. :D the editing seems strange in this book, like the author is not a native english speaker. that or she hates using contractions. the characters seem a bit too juvenile or perfect, but hey, we all have our flaws, but despite all these, i am so in love with this book. this book is not realistic at all, the heroine's life was bad until the guy came along and then all of a sudden, she seemed to have a charmed life, but if you jus this book is so slow at times but i love it! i love this book so much. :D the editing seems strange in this book, like the author is not a native english speaker. that or she hates using contractions. the characters seem a bit too juvenile or perfect, but hey, we all have our flaws, but despite all these, i am so in love with this book. this book is not realistic at all, the heroine's life was bad until the guy came along and then all of a sudden, she seemed to have a charmed life, but if you just want to have a sweet romantic book, this will do it for you. :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    While I enjoyed reading this book and I liked that the main characters actually got to know each other and it wasn't just insta-love, I didn't like reading, repeatedly throughout the entire book, how the main female lead has never been around boys before. Yeah.....I got it the first 50 times you said it. And really, constantly calling a 21 yr old guy being....well, a guy, a pervert is just odd. The main character acted more like a 13yr old, not a shy 18yr old.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Douglas

    I kind of really loved this story.. It really warmed my heart, and it just worked for me ;) I would LOVE a book two.. Jus sayin :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Adriana Haller

    I thought it was a pretty good book, but the way some of the things were written somewhat bothered me. The book was about a girl who had a very bad life, but then things changed and she met someone who really helped her out. At the beginning of the book, the main character was pretty much a shell of herself, she was bullied and thought that she should be bullied. She had very low self confidence and was treated like garbage from every aspect of her life. As the book continued, she seemed to gro I thought it was a pretty good book, but the way some of the things were written somewhat bothered me. The book was about a girl who had a very bad life, but then things changed and she met someone who really helped her out. At the beginning of the book, the main character was pretty much a shell of herself, she was bullied and thought that she should be bullied. She had very low self confidence and was treated like garbage from every aspect of her life. As the book continued, she seemed to grow into a real person who had friends and had a fun life. She completely changed the way she viewed herself and she learned that she deserves to be loved. She also learned that there are many wonderful things about her and she shouldn't have to take crap from anyone.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alarna

    Don’t be put off by the first chapter. I nearly stopped reading it because I didn’t want to read the typical high school mean girls plot where they pick on the shy, awkward girl who ends up hot and gets the guy. Yes that ended up happening but it was done well and not cringe-worthy at all. Nice book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Helle Christensen

    Disappointing The storyline just keeps on dragging on and on. I think the dramatic points are badly written and it’s really hard to get to the end. Sorry but I would not recommend this to anyone.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Schneider

    This book was definitely a slow read. It was also very unrealistic. I thought certain parts of the book were good, but ultimately the bad won out in my review. Actually trying to read through it quickly was a struggle due to her wording and repeating things.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nora Cervantes

    I've read it like 10 times and... What can I say? It's just my fav...

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dena

    Its a great book, but its long and I can see the build up of the friendship. It takes awhile to get there.

  21. 5 out of 5

    CherryCarrot

    This is such a guilty pleasure book for me - it's totally flawed as a novel but I still enjoyed it a lot The story is nothing new and fairly predictable, but it was engaging enough to keep my attention and even though Jeremy was far too good to be true I didn't have any problem letting that go and just enjoying it (hey, why not - it's total wish-fulfillment and every so often I don't mind that!). While I guessed part of his big secret, there was a fresh enough take on it for it to not feel wholly This is such a guilty pleasure book for me - it's totally flawed as a novel but I still enjoyed it a lot The story is nothing new and fairly predictable, but it was engaging enough to keep my attention and even though Jeremy was far too good to be true I didn't have any problem letting that go and just enjoying it (hey, why not - it's total wish-fulfillment and every so often I don't mind that!). While I guessed part of his big secret, there was a fresh enough take on it for it to not feel wholly predictable. Also, props to the author for keeping the relationship between Jeremy and Isabelle romantic and not veering into anything explicit or sexual. That was refreshing. However on the critical front - the writing is not great. In fact, it's really quite bad. It's consistently stilted and the dialogue especially doesn't flow. The author constantly has characters using I am, I do not, I will not, I will rather than the more realistic I'm, I don't, I won't, I'll and it really grated on me - no one speaks like that! There were also messy, stilted sentences and some lines that felt out of place. Lastly, the book is absorbing but it definitely is overlong considering how little happens. Isabelle's woe is me and lack of confidence was overdone at the beginning, too. I also thought Isabelle was exceedingly dense not to have realised she was in love with Jeremy but I put that aside as it's a genre thing more than anything else! The Art of Life is a flawed but ultimately enjoyable escapism, and I had no problem finishing it despite my quibbles

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Hmm. I'm not sure how to write this review and get my real opinion across about this book. So bear with me. I think this is a 5 star story written at a 3 star level. Maybe even 2 star. I hate saying that, because I realize an author puts a part of themselves out there when they write, but the writing style just wasn't all that great. I guess it's written in first person, which is a challenge to do, and I don't think it was the best choice for this. There are some issues with past/present tense i Hmm. I'm not sure how to write this review and get my real opinion across about this book. So bear with me. I think this is a 5 star story written at a 3 star level. Maybe even 2 star. I hate saying that, because I realize an author puts a part of themselves out there when they write, but the writing style just wasn't all that great. I guess it's written in first person, which is a challenge to do, and I don't think it was the best choice for this. There are some issues with past/present tense in wording in here, also some missing words every now and then. The dialogue was weird at times, and didn't make sense. Who walks around telling people that they don't have any self esteem? Well, Isabelle just comes right out and tells people that quite a bit. So, why did I give this book 4 stars? Because I loved it. I really, really loved it. I bought it on a whim because it was $.99, and I stayed up all night to finish it. While I had some issues with the writing style, the story was fantastic, and it flowed really well. I'd like to bottle Jeremy right on up and keep him for my very own. And even though Isabelle had a lot of issues, I really liked her. Kent, Josh and Cassandra were all great too. Even Eric and Jack are pretty great. There's tons of humor, and I found myself laughing a lot. Some very serious stuff happens, and I think that was handled pretty well too. Here's what I really loved though: Isabelle is gracious. All too often in romance books the female is "stubborn" and likes to do things for herself. She won't accept help or gifts from anyone because her pride can't take it. It always causes all kinds of unnecessary problems, and I hate it. I hate it in every book, and it's a plot device that is way, way over used. A woman can be strong and independent and still be gracious. I'm tired of reading female characters written that way, and it was really refreshing to watch Isabelle grow and become more confident, while still being the honest and gracious person she was from the beginning. I loved this book, and I know It'll be one that I pull to re-read frequently.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    SOOOOO MANY CONFLICTING EMOTIONS!!! I could easily have rated some parts as 5 stars, however some parts didn't even deserve one star. Just going to be honest and reel off the bad bits before I get on with the stuff I loved: - Would it hurt for this author to use a contraction every once in a while? Some of the dialogue honestly sounded like it could've been between robots. - It was very, very unrealistic in parts; for instance, Isabelle is supposedly socially awkward yet she jumped on the back of SOOOOO MANY CONFLICTING EMOTIONS!!! I could easily have rated some parts as 5 stars, however some parts didn't even deserve one star. Just going to be honest and reel off the bad bits before I get on with the stuff I loved: - Would it hurt for this author to use a contraction every once in a while? Some of the dialogue honestly sounded like it could've been between robots. - It was very, very unrealistic in parts; for instance, Isabelle is supposedly socially awkward yet she jumped on the back of a strangers motorcycle in the first few pages?!!? Makes sense. Oh, and let's not bring up the fact that she talks about being socially awkward 24/7. - SO many grammatical errors that it was painful to read at times :( - The storyline was dragged out a bit in my opinion... Was 600 pages of Jeremy and Isabelle pretending that they don't love each other yet spending half the time kissing reaaaaally necessary? NOW ONTO THE POSITIVES For starters, I simply enjoyed reading it and it's actually the first time in a while that I've been excited to get in bed at the end of the day and read a book. It had a real Colleen Hoover vibe to it, and I think if it had been executed a little better then it would definitely be a 5 star novel! Whilst each had their annoying traits, I really liked the relationship between Isabelle and Jeremy and their chemistry. I loved the supporting characters and felt that the likes of Cassandra, Kent, Josh and Eric really added something to the story and weren't just there to fill space. Anyway, I really do recommend this as a fun read :)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Goodgirl17

    This was one of those books I could not stop reading, and craved to read subsequent chapters after I put it down. The story is one of love and loss and how the the kindness and patience of others can transform lives. We start with the character of Isabelle, a very naive 18 year old who we learn at the start of the journey has very low self esteem and was reared in an environment of alcohol abuse and little tenderness. Added to this she is the subject of school bullying. Her saviour to begin with This was one of those books I could not stop reading, and craved to read subsequent chapters after I put it down. The story is one of love and loss and how the the kindness and patience of others can transform lives. We start with the character of Isabelle, a very naive 18 year old who we learn at the start of the journey has very low self esteem and was reared in an environment of alcohol abuse and little tenderness. Added to this she is the subject of school bullying. Her saviour to begin with is her love of art, but this is soon joined by the mysterious Jeremy who comes to her rescue from an arch nemesis. The major part of the story is their relationship and how they define it and let it grow - are they friends or is there something more. What's great about the book is the journey of the two characters. The author does well to contrast the level of their maturity. Isabelle's shy and naive high school student with the more world wise 21 year old Jeremy is wonderfully consistent throughout and your able to trace Isabelle's growing maturity and confidence as the story progresses. Both have secrets that can either strengthen or threaten their relationship. And I have to say that I loved Jeremy's sense of humour and utter charm. We don't get alot of description of the physical attributes of the characters which I found a little odd, but the description of their interior world and behaviour is able to resolve this. The arc of their journey is a little rushed at the end, but still satisfying. A real feel good story that is substantial and with depth.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Johnston

    Wow that was long!!!! I love a long book, and usually my faults with books are that they are not long enough-I wasn't sure how it would work at first-but it did, the length really did work. I'm glad it wasn't over too quickly and I'm glad I got to witness the innocence of Isabelle! I could understand how someone people could view her as naive and maybe a little stupid, but I viewed her beyond all that and took into consideration how everyone (until meeting Jeremy) had made her feel. (view spoile Wow that was long!!!! I love a long book, and usually my faults with books are that they are not long enough-I wasn't sure how it would work at first-but it did, the length really did work. I'm glad it wasn't over too quickly and I'm glad I got to witness the innocence of Isabelle! I could understand how someone people could view her as naive and maybe a little stupid, but I viewed her beyond all that and took into consideration how everyone (until meeting Jeremy) had made her feel. (view spoiler)[ A lot of people can relate to be being bullied, or having an alcoholic mother, or having a lot of crap done to them-but she had all of this done to her, so i defiantly don't think she's stupid or naive, just very self conscious, with zero self esteem. Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy...... what I can I say about Jeremy? Except that he is perfect! Yes, he had flaws, Sarah Kay Carter would be silly not to give him flaws. He messed up here and there and let her carry on going on dates even though he was in love with her. Was he being selfless and just too scared? (hide spoiler)] . Its safe to say that any guy would be jealous of Jeremy and any girl would be jealous of Isabelle! It is long and may take a few days to read, even for the fastest of readers-and at 99p on Amazon its even better!!!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paige T

    I really enjoyed this book. Izzy has a tough home life that she doesn't want anyone else to know about, so she isolates herself to the point where she has no friends. When girls from her school are picking on her, Jeremy intervenes and so begins his quest to help Izzy. Jeremy initially helps Izzy because she reminds him of someone else he cared about, but it doesn't take long for them to become best friends and spend nearly all of their time together. Jeremy is just so wonderful to Izzy. He's hot, s I really enjoyed this book. Izzy has a tough home life that she doesn't want anyone else to know about, so she isolates herself to the point where she has no friends. When girls from her school are picking on her, Jeremy intervenes and so begins his quest to help Izzy. Jeremy initially helps Izzy because she reminds him of someone else he cared about, but it doesn't take long for them to become best friends and spend nearly all of their time together. Jeremy is just so wonderful to Izzy. He's hot, sweet, protective and everything Izzy needs in her life. He also brings other amazing friends into Izzy's life - Kent, Josh and Cassandra, and also gives her confidence in herself to branch out and make good friends at her school - Eric and Jake. Izzy may be naive and immature in some respects as she hasn't had anything to do with boys up until Jeremy, and she has no self confidence, but otherwise I think she is a strong girl who is also very good for Jeremy. Would've liked the epilogue to have been further into the future (view spoiler)[to actually read about the proposal, wedding, kids etc... (hide spoiler)] but all in all it was a great read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Selena Lang

    Ok I liked the story well enough, but there were some issues with it. For one there were no contractions in the whole of the book (maybe one or two), which drove me nuts. People, normal people anyway, just don't talk that way. Second...the main character was way, way too naive. Even a virgin who's never been kissed still knows more about the world than this girl did. Made me feel like the heroine was about 14 years old. The way she squealed or jumped up and down at the smallest things. and the w Ok I liked the story well enough, but there were some issues with it. For one there were no contractions in the whole of the book (maybe one or two), which drove me nuts. People, normal people anyway, just don't talk that way. Second...the main character was way, way too naive. Even a virgin who's never been kissed still knows more about the world than this girl did. Made me feel like the heroine was about 14 years old. The way she squealed or jumped up and down at the smallest things. and the way the Hero and his friends treated her like a little girl at times. Like she would break. I don't know..the story itself was a decent one and the characters were ok for the most part, but there was just something missing overall. It felt like the book was trying to be a G rated book while at the same time trying to be R rated. it was kind of strange and didn't really work well. Not one I will read again, but it did entertain enough to read the whole story.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mackenzie

    I loved reading The Art of Life. It was a great book. The story and characters seriously tugged at my heart-strings. I had a really hard time putting down my kindle to do things like eat, sleep and go to work. Why only 3 stars you ask? The dialogue was a big reason. The story itself was awesome but people just don't talk that way. There weren't any contractions, which I know sounds like a really nitpicky complaint but trust me, it was incredibly distracting. Also, all of the characters had the s I loved reading The Art of Life. It was a great book. The story and characters seriously tugged at my heart-strings. I had a really hard time putting down my kindle to do things like eat, sleep and go to work. Why only 3 stars you ask? The dialogue was a big reason. The story itself was awesome but people just don't talk that way. There weren't any contractions, which I know sounds like a really nitpicky complaint but trust me, it was incredibly distracting. Also, all of the characters had the same voice, used the same lingo, and they said the most ridiculously cheesy things to each other. I don't mean romantic cheesy, I mean Tony Robbins cheesy. It was all a little too inspirational speaker sounding sometimes. It wasn't always bad, not even most of the time, but it was often enough that I had to make a conscious choice to read it the way I wanted it to be if I wanted to enjoy the book. That said, it was worth reading and I would and will recommend it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mina_rrat

    The Art of Life was longer than I knew before, though I did not mind it at all – sure it could have been one hundred pages shorter – overall it was cute and sweet. At the beginning I was indeed annoyed at the protagonists behaviour, on the other hand it was relateable. The whole story is basically a cinderella or rather ugly-duckling story, something straight out of a fairytale, except their backgrounds – their bantering is worth every second and their believe that they are nothing more than frie The Art of Life was longer than I knew before, though I did not mind it at all – sure it could have been one hundred pages shorter – overall it was cute and sweet. At the beginning I was indeed annoyed at the protagonists behaviour, on the other hand it was relateable. The whole story is basically a cinderella or rather ugly-duckling story, something straight out of a fairytale, except their backgrounds – their bantering is worth every second and their believe that they are nothing more than friends, that what they do it 'normal' is just to cute to be called fully naive. The chemistry between his friends and her was awesome. The moment she found her confidence, the book only got better, as I like my protagonists to be strong. It is a good, slightly long read, for people who still believe in love stories and miracles.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Riya

    This book was good. I don't want to say great. Izzy is way to whiny. I get it high school brings in a lot of insecurities, but every sentence is basically how she feels she is not pretty or how she seems to always say no to trying new things. Hello, there is a hot guy and nice classmates who are willing to show you something new, don't say no that. Learn something new about the world! I do like how she improves towards the end and finally has the strength to defend herself. The book portrays her This book was good. I don't want to say great. Izzy is way to whiny. I get it high school brings in a lot of insecurities, but every sentence is basically how she feels she is not pretty or how she seems to always say no to trying new things. Hello, there is a hot guy and nice classmates who are willing to show you something new, don't say no that. Learn something new about the world! I do like how she improves towards the end and finally has the strength to defend herself. The book portrays her growth very well. This book also contains some typos, some proofreading might have been beneficial. The book had a great plot, just things that were redundant A LOT. That's why I feel this book is good, not great.

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