When Edy Phelps falls hard for her best friend, she knows nothing can come from it.
Forget actual chemistry, or the fact that she cherishes his mother more than her own; centuries of tradition say that Hassan will grow up, marry the girl his parents pick, and forget his best friend: the dancer with the bursting smile. Except he can't. In a world erupting with possibilities for the boy with a body of steel and dreams of the NFL, everything seems promised while nothing at all is; when he's denied the girl he wants most.
Two hearts. Two families devoted through generations of friendship. Could Edy and Hassan really risk all that? And yet... how could they not?
©2014 Shewanda Pugh Garner (P)2015 Shewanda Pugh Garner
"All around a great read." (USA Today)
"Heartwarming, exciting, intimate, beautiful." (The YA Lit Chick)
"A vortex of colliding emotions and raw beauty." (The Kindle Book Review)
As a story, Love Edy was decent enough fare, but compared with the YA field as a whole, it didn't really grab me. It's standard teenage school romance stuff and while it's pleasingly angsty in places, it's not on a par with, say, Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series, or Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking. Those who are looking for something different won't find it here. It's much more for those who love Romeo and Juliet and want more of the same, especially if they are in Shewanda Pugh's target demographic. I don't think it's patronizing her, them, or my much younger self to say that I haven't been a member of that cohort for a very long time.
That said, Natalie Neckyfarow's narration gives gives Love Edy a definite lift. For one thing, she absolutely nails the atmosphere of high school - gossipy, cliquey and viciously catty. As she narrated, I could see not just the girls, but the boys as well, reminding the older listener how insecure, funny and throughly horrible teenagers can be. Speaking of which it's hardly surprising that Edy prefers Rani (Hassan's mother) to her own. . On the page, Rebecca Phelps is frightening enough, but when she's voiced, she's a monster of clever manipulation and downright nastiness. She's also a gifted, brilliant, beautiful trailblazer for African-American women everywhere - how can a teenage girl face down someone like that? The audio format allows her to be all those things and quite funny as well; a houseful of teenage boys in the middle of the night does nothing to faze her.
Shewanda Pugh provides enough of a cliff-hanger at the end to make me want to find out what happens next, so I might download the second in the series onto my Kindle. And although it's not really my cup of tea, I'll bear Love Edy in mind for the next Romeo and Juliet fan I come across.
"Teenage Love~True Love"
Great characters~especially Edy and Hassan (Wyatt not so much). Culture clash, teenage angst, and a good story. What an ending! Looking forward to Book 2...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
This book was really boring. The narrator was very well spoken, but had no animation, made me tired. The book itself was just a snore.
The ending was a cliff hanger
This was a pretty good book but at times I got lost in the story line
This is a hard review for me and I didn't know if it deserved 3 🌟 or 4 🌟 but I felt it held my attention so I gave it 4 🌟. I've never listened to anything by this author, Shewanda Pugh until Edy. Even though I had a hard time rating this story, I would love to listen to the other stories in this series. The author did a perfect job in capturing a teenagers thoughts, feelings, and finding love, but not only did she capture this with Edy but with all the teenagers. Honestly, this story seemed true instead of fiction. Although Shewanda added Wyatt to the story She kept out those horrible love triangles that most of us hate in a story. My only problem with this story is I thought it was to real, plain, and I hate cliffhangers.
Natalie Neckyfarow did a great job as she told this story. I've discovered another narrator that I'll be looking for other stories she's narrated. I received this copy in exchange for an unbiased review.
One of the best romances I've listened to For all who love romance, I was impressed at the author's ability to keep my interest with her characters, whom, she brought to life so well. I am so into this story The narration part is also good.
"A Bittersweet Coming of Age Story"
LOVE EDY was a bittersweet coming of age story about Edy and Hassan growing up together as neighbors and best friends. She liked him and spent a lot of time having teenage angst about her puberty and her relationship with Hassan. She was a ballet dancer and he a football player.
The story is a bit like a timeline of them growing up. Their worries, concerns, and also their other friends and especially other girls Hassan dated. There was also Wyatt that Edy knew. They both came from different backgrounds which made it hard for them. Edy went on vacation with her family to Cape Cod which caused more issues back home with Hassan. This is where I found it bittersweet and somewhat immature. I thought the premise of the story was really good although it was a bit long and at times uneventful although the ending was dramatic. This was a good first novel for Shewanda Pugh.
Natalie Neckyfarow did a nice job narrating the story. She had a cute voice for someone that would be the age of Edy. She had good voice inflections and was a perfect match for the story. I look forward to seeing what this author and narrator do in the future.
Audiobook received in exchange for an honest review.
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