Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Playing Patience

Playing Patience
By:  Tabatha Vargo

Rating:  5 Cogs


Life’s been hard for Zeke. Being a punching bag for his alcoholic father has turned him into stone. Not even the dodgy trailer park he lives in can scare him. Fighting is his release and sex, drugs, and his guitar bring him peace, but deep down Zeke isn’t quite as hard as he makes himself out to be. When he meets Patience, she finds all his broken pieces and puts him back together, but she’s a ray of light in his shadowed life and the last thing he wants to do is bring her into his dark world. Playing careless is easy, playing the bad guy can be fun, but playing Patience is impossible, especially when she can see right through him.

Zeke isn’t the only one who’s broken, and for the first time, in a long time, Patience feels alive. Her black and white world gets a shot of color when she meets Zeke. He’s unlike anyone she’s ever met with his tattoos, piercings, and blunt honesty. She wants nothing more than to let go and ride the wild side with him, but some wounds never heal and the broken pieces of Patience aren’t so easy to find.

**Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers.**


I need to start my review with one simple statement:  Nothing I write will even come remotely close to explaining just how completely amazing this book is.  Seriously!  I don't think I have the vocabulary to even explain just how much I loved this book.  This book ranks up there with Hopeless and The Edge of Never for me, which is a HUGE compliment!

Zeke and Patience both have troubling and terrifying histories.  Both of their stories are so realistic and utterly heartbreaking.  It's nearly impossible to talk about this book without spoilers, but trust me, you need to read this.  I totally agree with the warning for mature audiences, because the pain from the pasts revealed in this book is not for the weak at heart.

My favourite part of this book is really the amount of growth behind these characters.  Somehow, through all the pain and misery of their lives, they're able to find each other, and start the healing process.  It's truly amazing.  If I had felt just a portion of the pain from this book, I would be curled up in a ball in the corner of my room waiting to die.  It's truly breathtaking to read about their transformations.

And the mother...  I can't even say a word about this, just because it will ruin the ending, but trust me when I say her sacrifice and strength is amazing.

I can't say this enough:  Read this book.  Read it now - just have a box of tissues handy.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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