Pages of Bookish Love is a new feature that Alexa and I (Ashley) are doing on our blogs. We each recommend one book to the other and then review the book on each other’s blog. For instance, Alexa recommended I read an indie book, as you can see my review is posted on her blog. In turn, I recommended she read Die for Me for Zombie Craze 2012, which she will review on my blog. Basically we are exchanging pages of bookish love. We both hope you love this new monthly feature!
Callum & Harper
by Fisher Amelie
Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey.
Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the ‘eighteen disease’ with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they’re forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably.
So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.
But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can’t ever be acted upon because they’re both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B.
And, oh, how lovely Plan B’s can be.
Well, except for the psycho from Harper’s past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there’s the little issue that neither of them knows they’re in love with the other.
Needless to say, Callum & Harper’s life just got a bit more complicated.
“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” – Callum Tate
Oh my gosh… Okay. Okay…. I know!
Callum and Harper is told in alternating POVs of *gasp* Callum and Harper! And from the VERY very beginning, I was IN LOVE with BOTH of these characters! I’m not kidding, I think I *goofy smiled* through this entire book!
Callum and Harper are both orphans… *tears* and just after Harper’s 18th birthday her foster family tells her that it’s time to hit the road, since they’ll no longer be receiving monthly checks for housing her. I KNOW! Isn’t that horrible? But that’s how she meets Callum, in the lobby of Social Services, as he is in a similar situation and that’s where this story begins!
The way Harper needs Callum, and the way Callum NEEDS her to need him is so sweet… I felt my heart break a little with EACH PAGE. But, in that “Oh my GOD, I’m dying because this is so sweet…” way.
And before you go thinking these kids are just pathetic, homeless beggars… PLEASE. You will be routing for Callum & Harper from the VERY first PAGE. You KNOW they are going to make it. Through every single heartache, disappointment, and horrific thing that happens to them- THEY have each other. Fisher Amelie MAKES you believe in them, they WILL make it, and not because it’s fiction… because they HAVE TO.
“Commit to knowing me in two weeks, Harper. Don’t make me beg.”
“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.”
“It’s funny how this total stranger could relate to me better than anyone else I’d ever met. It was as if I’d known her my entire life.”
Callum and Harper dance around each other nearly the entire book, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way… I just can’t express how much I LOVED this book, these characters and this story. Sweet beyond compare, Callum & Harper will steal your heart… and you won’t get it back.
I laughed… I cried… I gave Callum and Harper it’s own theme song. Um… What? I can’t be the only one to do this?!
If you have somehow been living under a rock and missed Zombie Craze 2012 I suggest you get your butt in gear and head on over to Ashley’s blog to check out all the great brain eating stories she covered!