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Dear Ava

Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Summary

WSJ bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a gripping, enemies-to-lovers, secret admirer, high school romance.

The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world - until they destroyed me.

The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them.

Please. I hate every one of those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer?

Knox, the scarred quarterback.

Dane, his twin brother.

Or Chance, the ex who dumped me...

Dear Ava,

Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea.

Wait. That’s stupid.

What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something real.

It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you.

I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall.

I’ve missed you cheering at my football games.

I’ve missed the smell of your hair.

And then everything fell apart the night of the kegger.

Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark.

I just want to make you mine.

Still.

Not part of any other series. Dark high school romance. Recommended for 18+.

A short excerpt of Dear Ava appeared in Team Player 2. (No longer available) This is an all-new, full-length version.

©2020 Ilsa Madden-Mills (P)2020 Ilsa Madden-Mills

Critic reviews

“A gut punch right in the feels. These characters wreck you. It’s a deep storyline, with such tender, beautiful, unbelievably perfect romance. Gah. I. Am. Wowed. Five Stars!” (Angie, Angie’s Dreamy Reads)

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  • ❤'s Horses
  • 07-05-20

Very juvenile.

As an adult reader or listener, I found this book extremely boring and juvenile. Almost to the point of quitting it several times. What brought me to the book and ultimately kept me there was the narrator Zachary Webber. That was how I found it in the first place was doing a search for his work. He actually read very little in this book.

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  • Christa Orange
  • 02-06-20

What a journey!

Savannah Peachwood & Zachary Webber was amazing! I knew they would be, they are at to top of my list of favorite narrators.
This story of Ava & Knox was love story journey. Beautiful story of faith, patients, letting go, growing. I really enjoyed. Great job Ilsa Madden-Mills as always.

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  • Nikki E
  • 27-04-20

So so good!!!!

Savannah Peachwood is one of my most favorite narrators and I love her version of Ava. Zachary Webber is a new to me narrator, but he really brought Knox to life for me and it was so so good!
I loved this story the first two times I read it, but the audio just upped my love so much

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  • C. Y.
  • 19-06-20

Heart Wrenching Story

This is the first time I’ve listen to an audiobo😁ok from this author. I chose this book because I saw that Zachary Webber was the male narrator and I will listen to almost anything he reads. 😊

The story didn’t start out as original. You have the rich boy and the poor girl who can’t stand each other because they are from different sides of the “train track”. I don’t want to give anything away, but I love this in the fact that we see a broken boy who should have all the happiness in the world because of his status in life. He shows kindness to Ava by defending her despite what it looks like in front of all his friends. She changes him.

This wasn’t a very happy story until you get to the epilogue because the characters deal with so much heartache. There is a part in the book where Knox is dealing with his brother that breaks your heart. The author really pulls you in during that scene and if you’ve ever dealt with somebody who has battled with depression and drugs, you will understand the pain.

This book is not recommended for anyone younger than 18 because deals with issues of rape, drugs, suicide, and depression.

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  • SueG
  • 05-08-20

Great Story

This book has a high school setting. The first chapter does get you hooked on the book. The main characters are strong and good. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Heather B.
  • 17-05-20

Great story.

I couldn’t stop listening! Heartbreaking and reaffirming, this story is about two broken people mending and coming together. Highly recommend.

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  • chewy
  • 17-05-20

Absolutely loved the first 3/4 of the book, a little disappointed in the ending.

Absolutely loved the first 3/4 of the book, a little disappointed in the ending. Still it is definitely worth a credit. Loved the narration.

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  • being_ericamarie
  • 16-05-20

Loved Ava and Knox

I have been waiting for the Audible of this book since it came out in print. The wait was worth it. Awesome narration and storyline. Well deserving of my 5 stars

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  • Kelly and Chris
  • 15-05-20

Great story

I really enjoyed this book. Knox and Ava are meant for each other and Ilsa really wrote the characters well. Truly felt what they were each feeling. I loved the Dirty Dancing (my favorite movie of all tiem) reference too!!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-20

Dear Ava

was a great book very emotional and the narration was wonderful they both had me in tears. I really love Ilsa Madden-Mills books.