Everybody's Got a Story

Everybody's Got a Story

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by Heather Wardell
     
 

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Both personally and professionally, Alexa knows all too well the power of words. Two years after her boyfriend Christophe's vicious attack, she's still trying to see herself as more than simply 'his victim', still trying to figure out her own story.

After his trial, she moves from New York City to Toronto in an attempt to start over, but his words cling to…  See more details below

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Both personally and professionally, Alexa knows all too well the power of words. Two years after her boyfriend Christophe's vicious attack, she's still trying to see herself as more than simply 'his victim', still trying to figure out her own story.

After his trial, she moves from New York City to Toronto in an attempt to start over, but his words cling to her and even in a new country she can't see how to move into relationships with the new people in her life while hiding the secret of Christophe's worst offense.

She can't hide that secret from her coworker Jake, though, because the news buff has recognized her from the coverage of the assault and trial and knows every word she can't bring herself to say about her ordeal.

With Jake's help, can Alexa reclaim her story and her life?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148235552
Publisher:
Heather Wardell
Publication date:
07/04/2013
Series:
Toronto Collection Series , #12
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
688,963
File size:
442 KB

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Everybody's Got a Story 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Heather's stories, but the run-on sentences have gotten more frequent with each book. As much as I love the plots, I'm not sure I can stand another one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book that lived up to it’s title. The main character’s struggle is heartfelt and real as she tries to overcome a public trial on something that ruined her life. I admired Alexa’s will to overcome what was bound to define her forever. The author does an amazing job of making this story so real. This 4 star book will take you on a rollercoster ride that you won’t be able to forget. Everybody’s Got A Story reminds you of just that. It’s a good example of to not “judge a book by it’s cover” and you never really know a person until you “walk a mile in their shoes”. It also reminded me that no matter that you have going on, everyone else has stuff their carrying around of their own. Your problems are just that, yours. Pick this book up and curl up by the fire and get ready to be taught lessons you were taught as a kid, but have probably forgot as you began to live your life
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
An interesting, well-written story. Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had and I wish I had had more free chances so that I could have finished it sooner. Everybody’s Got a Story is well-written and the characters all have their own story as well. (Not surprising given the title of this book. But it made for a really interesting book.) We learn some of the stories, but not everyone’s. I disliked Howard from the beginning. He was chauvinistic and arrogant. I couldn’t believe Alexa went for him at all. Carly was another one that I saw through from the very beginning. She is conniving and manipulating. One of those people you love to hate and just shake your head at because of her ridiculousness. Jake and Rosanna were true friends. I loved them both for many reasons. Alexa is a strong woman trying to regain that strength and self-confidence. She is trying to trust again. A few things struck me as odd though. First, if she moved to another city in another country to get away from everything and to start over, why on earth would she give Lance—A REPORTER!!!!—her location? Why didn’t she change her email address and truly start over? She could have given out the new one to those she wanted to keep in contact with. That made no sense to me whatsoever. And second, she was very upset that someone (Mike in this case, who I also loved) could write such a horrific novel with such a horrific protagonist. I understand how hard it was for her to read that book and why she would be upset that someone could make that stuff up. However… Alexa is a crime fiction editor. She helps make those horrific stories better. Why isn’t she upset with herself? What does that say about her according to her own thoughts? Other than that, she was an excellent character. Her growth and healing were real. I felt for her. I rooted for her. I wanted her to trust herself and others, especially one person in particular. The story moved and was a relatively quick read. There were a few spots that had me laughing out loud. I would read more from Ms. Wardell. Would I recommend it: I would recommend it if you like women’s fiction. Will I read it again: I will not. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Everybody's Got A Story is the poignant story of a young woman who courageously learns to rebuild her life after a vicious attack by her ex-boyfriend. Author Heather Wardell weaves a powerful tale set in NYC and Toronto, and written in the first person narrative by crime fiction editor Alexa Ryder, who takes the reader along on her emotional journey as she learns to overcome the trauma from the past, and the courage to start a new life. The story begins in NYC two years after the vicious attack on Alexa by her sociopath ex-boyfriend Christophe Durand. The reader is drawn into the story at the trial with an intense and raw account of the premeditated vicious assault that went on for thirty-six hours in a half-finished apartment until she was rescued by a construction crew. When the guilty verdict on all charges is returned, Alexa just wants her life back, to try to forget everything and put it behind her, but the attack has changed her life forever. Alexa finds that she is unable to move forward with her life in NYC, with the media attention and the uneasiness of being recognized on the street, she decides that she needs a new start in a new place where nobody knows her. Her boss Fred Warren, owner of Warren Press, suggests that she transfer to their Toronto office run by his daughter Rhonda. Alexa's journey from victim to survivor is one of self-discovery as she heals, learns to believe and trust herself and others, regain control and rebuild her life. This is an inspirational story that has a nice mixture of darkness, intensity and lightheartedness that captivates the reader's attention as Alexa's story unfolds. You can't help but feel compassion and hope for Alexa as her journey to rebuild her life has its trials and tribulations, but her strength and courage comes shining through as she forges forward in a new city with the support of new co-workers, friends and family. With a realistic cast of characters; engaging dialogue and interactions; two richly detailed settings; and the perfect title for a story that clearly sends a message to the reader that everyone really does have their own story. Everybody's Got A Story is an inspirational and thought provoking story that will resonate with you long after the last page has been read.
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RabidReaderReviews More than 1 year ago
I have not read any other books in the series. As a story of a victim regaining control of her life, "Everybody's Got a Story" is a good read. Alexa is brutalized and wanting to trust people but hesitant to do so. She is jumpy and unwilling to trust. What Alexa tells us happened and we witness in the court case is brutal and graphic. Alexa was held hostage and tortured and only saved from Christophe's ultimate goal of her demise by chance. Wardell seems to either know or have researched the psychology of victims of sexual assault in the initial layout of her story though what happened to Alexa goes beyond much of what will be seen on Dateline. Wardell's background characters are solidly written. She warns at the start of the novel that Jake has appeared in other stories and that this story contains spoilers for those tales. I haven't read those stories and in this one Jake is perhaps a bit too perfect. He's up front, patient, kind and willing to pick up whatever crumbs are left for him. I won't spoil his role in the novel by giving details but I will say that everything is a bit too easy between Jake and Alexa. To credit Wardell, this story could have been really heavy and dark. The story of a woman who has been to hell and back and is escaping her demons. In a sense that is the story but Wardell keeps it quite real. In all of the downs there are ups. There's never a lost sense of hope that the character will one day come out the other side. While a quick read, Wardell doesn't spare the moments that leave us smiling and knowing that while Alexa will have good days and bad days one day the good will outweigh the bad. "Everybody's Got a Story" was a good read and I'd recommend it for readers who like tales of the human experience.
readthentalk More than 1 year ago
Heather Wardell is a master story teller. You care about her characters and can't wait to meet them again, and usually you will.