From National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos–a
fresh take on happily ever after, and friendship, that is anything but a love
When your namesake is Pablo Neruda—the greatest love poet of all time—finding
“the one” should be easy. After all, sixteen-year-old aspiring artist Neruda
Diaz has been in love many times before. So it’s only a matter of time before
someone loves him back.
Callie could be that someone. She’s creative and edgy, and nothing like the
girls Neruda typically falls for, so when a school assignment brings them
together, he is pleasantly surprised to learn they have a lot in common. With
his true love in reach and his artistic ambitions on track, everything is
finally coming together.
But as Neruda begins to fall faster and harder than ever before, he is
blindsided by the complicated nature of love—and art—in more ways than one. And
when the relationships he’s looked to for guidance threaten to implode, Neruda
must confront the reality that love is crazier, messier, and more beautiful
than he ever realized—and riskier, too, than simply saying the words.
Be Still My Heart..... Neruda is looking for love, but not any love, he wants epic, timeless, "gaze into their eyes and the world falls away" love....but sometimes life doesn't just had you what you want on a silver platter. After being paired together for a school project Neruda finds himself falling for Callie, and it gets him thinking, "this could be it!". One of the things that I loved was how we were able to view this all from Neruda's POV, because I find it refreshing seeing everything from a male perspective. Plus, with him being such a romantic it made this entire book warm my heart even more! As the story developed I learned so much more about both of these characters, especially Callie. It was enlightening listen to her thoughts regarding love, relationships and Neruda. They both had such a great chemistry, and even though I was hoping they'd fall in love by chapter 2, I'm glad that the story & the characters had time to develop. I know we all hate when the main character falls in love super fast, but in this case I was actually rooting for it to happen!
Overall I fell as though Carrie did a wonderful job, not only did the story satisfy, I wasn't left feeling like there was unfinished business between either of the characters. It was fantastic!
Neruda: Noah Centineo
Callie: Hailee Steinfeld
Ezra: Diego Boneta
About the Author
Arcos is a National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature for OUT
OF REACH; her second novel is THERE WILL COME A TIME. CRAZY
MESSY BEAUTIFUL will be available soon. She lives in Los Angeles with
her family. For more information, check out her website: carriearcos.com