Feeling This by Casey Blue
Published September 4, 2013
Available at Amazon
Completely devastated when his life is ripped out from underneath him, Jordan Rhodes decides to take a break. A break from everything he’s always known; the country club life-style, his life-long friends and his overbearing parents. He just wants to be free to get lost and not feel the pain he has endured.
Kimber Maguire has been dealt the tough card her entire life. An ailing mom, a sister who refuses to face reality and a yearning for the one that got away, she finds putting one foot in front of the other as her only saving grace. What she really wants is to be free of feeling the pressure that is her life to get lost.
But when Jordan finds Kimber while losing himself, they both discover, sometimes you just need to feel to be found.
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I was able to catch up with Casey Blue and ask her
Q - What was your favorite book when you were a young child and do you think this influenced what you prefer to read and/or write today?
Casey - My favorite children's book when I was young and now is still Where the Wild Things Are by: Maurice Sendak. It is such a simple story yet so complicated with many themes. I think it definitely influences me today or the fact that I like to see the themes in a story and sort out how the story is told. I prefer stories with twists and plots that are difficult.
Q - The characters in this book are or wish they could escape their problems. If you wanted to escape, where would you go?
Casey - Yes Jordan and Kimber both had reasons for escaping. I love the beach and if I had to choose one place that soothes me or inspires it would be the beach but I am confrontational person. I believe in facing things head on because they really never go away!
Q - If you could have lunch with any author, who would you choose?
Casey - This one is tough! If I could only choose one author to have lunch with it would have to be Lewis Carroll. His works are full of themes and many meanings. I would love to find out about his state of mind when he was writing them and what he would think about them today.
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Kelly's review of Feeling This:
This is the story of two very troubled people. Each tells his/her own side of the story and I thought that might be confusing, but it isn’t. They are so very different from each other, as opposite in every way as two people could get. That makes it easy to know which one is talking. It helps greatly that each chapter starts with the name of the character who is speaking. What I did have a problem with was the switching from past tense to present tense. That took a lot longer to figure out. I believe this story would have been better without the tense changes. Present tense did not really work.
Other than that, this book was very involved and had excellent character development. It is not your usual feel-good romance story. They are dealing with serious issues and have wonderful reactions. The really odd coincidences felt right and makes the story seem like the fates intervened rather than stretching too far. Anyone who grew up or lives in a very small town will agree that constantly running into people, even when you are trying to avoid them, happens all the time in small towns.
It took a long time for the characters to start interacting with each other, almost half the book. By that time, I really cared what happened to them. I felt like the book started off too slowly, but once things got rolling, I understood the reasoning. So if you are tempted to set the book aside after a few chapters, just keep going another chapter or two. This book is worth getting to know the characters.