Wasted Words by Staci Hart
Purchased: Received ARC received from author
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
What’s It All About:
“Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.
Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.
She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.
Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.
*A romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*”
Description taken from Amazon.
The Best Parts:
Have you ever wondered if there was anyone out there who knew what was going through your head, or really understood who you are. Have you ever wanted to just escape to a world where you could read or listen to something and be like, YES!, that is what I am feeling, I’m so glad you understand. Well if that is what you are looking for in life then I have the book for you.
This book is what all girls need, and I say girls because as women we will read this and think back to our high school and college selves and think how much we could have learned from just having this book in our lives. This story speaks to the anxiety we all have, and don’t say you never had it at least once, that we weren’t good enough for the boy sitting across from us, that we day dreamed about every day. This book will hopefully bring you to tears like it did for me, but the good kind, along with some of the bad.
The amount of realness in the book is beyond what anyone could fathom. There comes a point in time when you first start the story of Cam and Tyler that you realize that there isn’t drama in their lives, that they already know everything they think they need to know. The fact that two people can just be themselves and accept each other is what we should all be striving for in our relationships. This set up sucks you in to the point that you won’t know what is going on around you, that you get lost in the hearts of these characters. You can relate to them, woman or man, you can relate. That is what this book has going for it full heartedly. Your heart will break with understanding while reading this, especially when I say that Staci put so much of herself into these words and you can feel it. I’ve never said that about another book in my life, but you can FEEL the anxiety and the pain and you know that someone out there has felt what you have and for once you don’t feel alone.
I know these are just characters, but when they call to you this much there isn’t anything to do but praise them. So here I am. Singing my praise for characters who made me realize just how much I love my husband and that I wouldn’t be who I am today without him. If you can find something like that from this book then it has clearly done it’s job.
The Worst Parts:
There will always be points in books that we aren’t happy with what is going on, and guess what. We can’t change it and in these instances I wouldn’t want to. ALL of the bad that happens in this books happens in real life. We try to control things that have no control in our lives and in others. We have to let go.
You will find characters and scenes in this book that make you cringe and make you want to punch someone, but understand that these characters have each other. They will always have each other. And those moments you cringe, just remember that someone out there is going through this too and to them it isn’t just a book, so understand that when she does something wrong, even if she knows, it will stay with her forever. It WILL keep her up at night, it will affect her and all you can do is be a Tyler in the world full of Kyle’s and protect her. Hold her and tell her that you will always be there for her.
I know this is getting a little on the therapy side, but this book is therapy. If you have ever had anxiety or depression then you will understand every single feeling that goes through this book, and that was the worst parts for me. Knowing everything that Cam and Tyler were going through because I myself had gone through it too. They say there is no better book than one that you can relate to, well this book, holy hell can I relate. And if you can too then you understand just how magical this book is even through the worst parts where you feel yourself crying for no reason other than understanding.
The writing. The references. The words. Everything about this book is perfect. You get the great with the bad, and the happy with the sad, and the understanding with the everything. The balance is perfection that you don’t get whiplash but understanding, even when you are so angry it hurts.
I could just spending all day talking about this book but I don’t want to give anything away, because everything about this book is special. Everyone will find their own special place within this book. But if there is one thing I do say, it would be that I was totally in love with the fact that we get to see other characters from the Bad Habits series, they bring light to some of the heavy situations.
So I leave you with this:
“If this is to end in fire, then we should all burn together.”