Art & Soul by Brittainy C. Cherry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 1/2 stars collectively
We received an ARC of Art & Soul from the author for an honest review, well here to goes. I only hope I can do this book justice in my review.
the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal.
an intense feeling of deep affection.
This was one of the most emotional books I’ve read in a while; being a teenager was hard, but dealing with hard real-life issues as a teen is even worse. I know, I did; and it made me the person I am today.
I felt every emotion that these characters felt—I laughed, I cried and part of me became one with them. This was one of the most beautiful love stories that wasn’t your typical love story. Aria and Levi didn’t have rainbows and hearts, they struggled with life and some life-changing issues. They persevered even when all of the odds were against them.
They were friends that fell in love.
Aria was sixteen and pregnant, a one-time (mistake) that cost her. She was the good girl, the one who stayed under the radar and never drew attention to herself. An artist who looked at everything in life from an abstract point of view. Being artistic myself, I got where she was coming from and how she viewed things in life.
Her parents had a very hard time dealing with her pregnancy, and both handled it very differently. Aria felt as though she failed, that her dad didn’t lover her anymore, and her siblings blamed her for the fights that her parents had. Aria, never told anyone who the father of the baby was, she kept it to herself. When the father found out, he was shocked and annoyed that she wouldn’t have an abortion. He was a tool, in every sense of the word, but I must say I loved how she handled him throughout her whole pregnancy and her decisions with the baby.
In walked Levi, the boy from Alabama who came to live with his dad, who needed a break from his mom. Levi had never been like other boys; he had been home schooled and sheltered, and his only friend was his mom. So going to school with other kids shocked him, and the first day he met Aria.
Levi was a classical musician. His world revolved around his violin, much like Aria was around her art. So it only made sense that they partner with one another when her art class and his music class came together for a project. This was when it all came together, and you get the privilege of watching two people slowly fall in love despite the outside world, or the internal struggles they both deal with in their lives.
I had lost a parent when I was their age. I felt helpless, angry and scared. I wanted to cry as I read the detail of emotions this author infused this great novel with. Even through the characters’ heartbreak, they find the will and desire to persevere. It was truly the most unselfish things people can do for one another, and it was written beautifully.
As I mentioned at the beginning of my review, this isn’t your typical love story. You won’t find any undue drama or angst. Two people find one another and fall in love in the best and worst of ways. I was snot-sobbing at the end because it was over and I didn’t want it to be. My heart was so full for both art & soul…
5+ stars and then some
This book is not your average love story. It’s about heartbreak, making hard choices, growing up too fast, and a little tough love. I will give you a warning: you will need tissues while reading this one.
Aria Watson was a sixteen year old girl that made a mistake she would live with for the rest of her life…she got pregnant. If that wasn’t enough to deal with already, she became one of the outcasts of school to make sure no one noticed her.
Levi Myers was the new boy in school that came to live with his dad. He couldn’t keep his eyes off of the girl who didn’t want to be seen. He found himself wanting to get to know his dad in a way he never had been able, and protect Aria from the bullies at their school.
Their story was not about love but about finding that one person that could become your everything. It wasn’t pretty, and definitely far from perfect, but whose is?
Overall, I really liked this book, but there were a few things that did not sit right with me.
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