Title: Ten Below Zero
By: Whitney Barbetti
My Copy: Ebook for Honest Review
“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you're ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”
My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching them live. I’m indifferent to everything, everyone. The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often.
A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing.
His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.
He chooses to wear all black, all the time, as if he’s waiting to attend a funeral. Probably because he is.
Everett is dying. And he’s spending his final days living, truly living. In doing so, he’s forcing me to feel, to heal. To come face to face with the demons I suppressed in my memory.
He hurts me, he fulfills me, he completes me. And still, he's dying.
Just imagine a road trip seeing all of the wonders of the world with a complete stranger with only one rule,"Don't Fall In Love". Parker
expresses near the end of this story that she is a wreck. This is an understated emotion. When one is actually a wreck, as this story left me, that one word does nothing to express the absolute solidity of this feeling. Parker and Everett are two remarkable characters. Parker's life has been anything, but easy. The things that she has lived through in her short 23 years are a tragedy in itself. Then we add in Everett with his life long illness. While it was not a consistent illness it has been a lifelong struggle. The two of them are a match, and they appear to be long moths to a flame. Fate brings the two together, and the story that unfolds is equally sorrowful and beautiful. Every bit of story seemed to have been carefully crafted to provoke the utmost impression on it's readers. My personal reactions to this story was shocking even to myself. This is a phenomenal read about finding ourselves, and the sacredness of love. I can not say more about this story than it is one that you have to read.