~Penny’s Rating: A ~
I completely adored this book. Wow. Really wow. It’s well done and gushy and romantic and real. This book surprised me. Okay, for regular readers of this blog, it’s no secret that I am a huge Heidi Cullinan fangirl. I am, and I totally admit it. I love her adult fiction, but I’ve viewed her ventures into new adult with a bit of trepidation, because as a reader, I no longer knew what I was going to get. They’ve been great though. I should not have been worried at all! The Love Lessons series is amazing, and Cullinan has another winner here with Carry the Ocean. Cullinan has created a different world for the Roosevelt series, and it’s definitely one worth exploring.
One thing I wasn’t expecting was to personally relate so well with the MC’s. Here’s the thing, I’ve been Jeremey and I’ve been Emmet. We all have and are to some degree or another. I’ve experienced depression, and that was the part I expected to relate to on a personal level. What I didn’t expect was how much I learned about but myself from Emmet. I am not autistic, but I score on the very high-end of normal on an autism spectrum quotient test, and I was surprised by how relatable some of Emmet’s behaviors and thought processes were to me. It was kind of a revelation for me. Making sense of myself (if that makes any sense at all), was part of the appeal of this book for me. Watching Jeremey learn to cope with his crippling anxiety and depression, watching Emmet navigate his first relationship as an autistic young man, brought me courage and strength. It taught me things about myself I wasn’t expecting to find in a new adult novel.
You will probably cry if you read this book. There are some high, highs, and some low, lows. You might also want to smack Jeremey’s, parents. Or strangle them. You will probably have Pharrell’s “Happy” stuck in your head for a bit and start randomly quoting Blues Brothers. Which will make you smile, remembering the awesomeness. Carry the Ocean is the first in the Roosevelt series, and I can’t wait for the next.
CARRY THE OCEAN Book Blurb and Links
The Roosevelt, Book 1
Normal is just a setting on the dryer.
High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he’s autistic.
But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.
As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.
Warning: Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positive representations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues.
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Excerpt (Different excerpt from the one below!)
Carry the Ocean on Heidi’s Website
Carry the Ocean Spotify Playlist OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! So excited for this 🙂
Giveaway!! The Carry the Ocean Book Tour Grand Prize
Click here to enter the grand prize drawing, which according to Heidi, is going to be the best she’s ever had. The grand prize this time is a signed copy of Carry the Ocean in paperback, a Blu-ray of The Blues Brothers, an Iowa State magnet, and Carry the Ocean scrapbook art.