It's been nine months since Kaitlyn Parker has seen or heard from Martin Sandeke - nine months and five stages of matter. She's lived through the worst of first-love heartbreak and is most certainly stronger (and less likely to hide in science cabinets) than ever before. But now Martin is back, and he wants to be friends. But he's sending mixed signals to the Bunsen burner in Kaitlyn's pants. Will Martin recapture Kaitlyn's heart? Can Kaitlyn and Martin ever be just friends? Or, despite an abundance of chemistry, are some bonds just too unstable to endure?
©2015 Penny Reid (P)2015 Tantor
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"I want a sidekick like Martin, ha!"
Well, I only did a semi-dual read via audiobook (mainly) and e-book (for highlighting favorite moments) formats. But for me, having a narrator animate moments is always a bonus when said narrator is as good as Cris Dukehart was.
I'd compare EOC to On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) by Samantha Young because the heroes Martin and Braden respectively are similar even though their ages are different.
I loved the scene that lead Kaitlyn to make the following mental conclusion;
‘He really was my mirror. He was on my side. We were a team. We moved in unison, toward a common goal, and it was a beautiful thing.’ ~Kaitlyn
‘Love...is being a sidekick’ - Taken from Kaitlyn's observation ‘Love, I decided, is being a sidekick.’
I also really loved Kaitlyn's relationship with her parents. I loved their switch from phone conferences to Skype video calls for their weekly agenda meetings. And the opening conversation she had with her dad made me smile so hugely when I heard it. He really hit the nail on the head when he explained the following;
“We all belong to ourselves, until we have children. Then our children lease us for as long as they want.” ~Kaitlyn’s dad
Overall experience: 4.5 stars / Performance: 5 most-excellent stars / Story: 4.5 stars
I loved this and and really love Penny Reid. The first installment was more immature and I like how the couple grew up. The heroine reminds me of Flat Out Celeste. An adorable portrayal of Aspergers. Great narration too.
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