By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette’s dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He’ll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn’t anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.
From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won’t see past Ethan’s damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there’s a bigger issue: he’s been burned by so-called “perfect” matches, and he won’t risk his heart again.
One way or another, Ethan’s determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?
“Everyone has their own music; they just don’t realize it.”
You would think from the blurb that it would be difficult for Ethan and Carter to find each other, and to accommodate the other’s personality and disability, as Carter has a Tourette’s syndrome, and Ethan had suffered a traumatic brain injury. But their relationship is simple, natural, and spontaneous, without pretension and sentimentality, full of laughter, joy and music, suppressed and unleashed passion. It is amazing how perfect they are together. They intuitively know how to handle each other.
It is impossible not to sympathize with Carter and Ethan, and not to admire Ethan’s family and friends – even if they don’t seem real sometimes. As for me, it was too much when the bad guy begged for forgiveness in tears.
Though some thoughts are beautifully delineated, I felt the writing style flat, distant, even superficial here and there. I expected a more emotional and heart-wrenching read, but the emotions were contained, not allowed to overflow. I wasn’t affected and touched enough.