by J.P. Barnaby
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Aaron by J.P. Barnaby

I can’t describe what it’s like to want to scream every minute of every day.

Two years after a terrifying night of pain destroyed his normal teenage existence, Aaron Downing still clings to the hope that one day, he will be a fully functional human being. But his life remains a constant string of nightmares, flashbacks, and fear. When, in his very first semester of college, he’s assigned Spencer Thomas as a partner for his programming project, Aaron decides that maybe “normal” is overrated. If he could just learn to control his fear, that could be enough for him to find his footing again.

With his parents’ talk of institutionalizing him—of sacrificing him for the sake of his brothers’ stability—Aaron becomes desperate to find a way to cope with his psychological damage or even fake normalcy. Can his new shrink control his own demons long enough to treat Aaron, or will he only deepen the damage?

Desperate to understand his attraction for Spencer, Aaron holds on to his sanity with both hands as it threatens to spin out of control.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015591736
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 10/08/2012
Series: A Survivor Story , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 238
Sales rank: 488,678
File size: 3 MB

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Aaron 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second time reviewing this book, it is an a beautifully written story, and I highly recommend it to anyone. The pain that Aaron goes through is so heart wrenching that I had to fight to read through blurry, tear-filled eyes. Spencer and Aaron are two sweet boys who through pain, found the strength in each other to love, what a great story! Side note... Extremely frustrated with trying to review books on here. This is the third time I've rated and left a review that when submitted the rating disappears, leaving no stars! Not very fair to the authors.
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
Aaron is broken and scarred - physically and emotionally. He has been living in a haze for two years. He has been merely been existing, the boy he used to be is gone, and only a shell of a young man exists. Scared, plagued by nightmares and disgusted with his appearance he believes he is a burden and that he should have died on that horrendous night. His family is the only security he knows even of he doesn't interact with them fully. He lives within himself - with guilt, shame and pain. He has lost hope and only when he thinks he might be sent away from the only safe haven he knows does he take a step towards living his life. He reluctantly decides to take a programming class, thinking that maybe if he made a big enough effort his parents wouldn't send him away. Spencer is deaf since birth. His life has been filled with taunts and bullying because of his disability. He puts on a strong front, but underneath it all his loneliness overwhelms him. He just wants to be accepted and to find someone to connect with. He tries different methods, from online hook-ups to fast and quiet encounters, but it all leads to emptiness. He feels alone, more so now that his father has started drinking heavily, cutting away any ties he had with his son. He is looking forward to college, since it will occupy his mind. Aaron and Spencer are brought together as partners for a programming project.To say that Aaron was overwhelmed with the news would be an understatement. But after careful planning and a lot of understanding from Spencer and his professor, they start the project. Overtime, they develop a friendship based on acceptance and mutual understanding that leads them to become emotionally involved. Aaron and Spencer's journey is filled with emotions so deep that at times I had to step away. The magnitude of Aaron's suffering was overwhelming, his pain and struggle with everything he went through was horrible to read, but so, so amazingly written. And Spencer's need to connect was so very palpable that I just wanted to hold him and never let him go. J.P. Barnaby did an amazing job with this story. She managed to bring each and every emotion and the characters' inner struggles to the page in a way that made it easy for me to open my heart to them. I especially enjoyed the way she presented the characters' interactions through email, IM and texts. It made it the story and these characters feel very real to me. They developed and grew into themselves in front of my eyes with each word I read. My favorite moments are the tender ones where the hesitation was paralyzing, the insecurity palpable and the affection abundant. Well done, JP Barnaby! I tend to go for the emotion-driven books and this book did not disappoint. I don't know if there will be another book about Aaron and Spencer, but I will sure like it to be. The way the book ended was lovely but I can't help but to want more.
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An absolutley amazing and beautiful book! I will definitley be reading this over and over again
TAP20191 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Well crafted story and romance.
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