Binding Arbitration

Binding Arbitration

by Elizabeth Marx
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Binding Arbitration 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility. This is the second book in a series about Elizabeth (Libby) Tucker and Banford Aiden Palowski: their brief relationship in college, her removal of Aiden from her life when she decided to keep their child, and the ultimate challenges they faced in rediscovering each other again after their son is diagnosed with leukemia. I didn’t realize there was a prequel/short to this book before I read this one. The prequel is titled “Cutters vs. Jocks” – and I have read it. I’m glad that I didn’t read the stories in order, however, because the predisposition to want to slap both characters into adulthood and reasonable behaviour would have overridden my ability to give this book a fair shake. What has been created by the author is a treatise on selfishness: while both parties wholeheartedly believe they have valid reasons for their behaviour, neither is wholly innocent in the result. Libby was pregnant after one night with Aiden. She allows her own self-doubt and fear to deny the night, and the possibility that Aiden finds her worthy. Aiden is a big man on campus, with a list of conquests, and a promising baseball career. He finds Libby fascinating and attractive – but is unable or unwilling to pursue her in a way she finds believable and solid. The two are brought together 7 years later when their son, Cass, is diagnosed with leukemia, and Libby feels it necessary to contact Aiden to see if he will be tested as a marrow donor. What follows is the slow but steady realization by both parties that they were wrong, and selfish in their choices. While Aiden is thrust into the role of repentance for all mistakes, without seeing much of the same for Libby – we are treated to the development of the characters, their understanding of their own bad behaviours, and their acceptance of their love for each other: even as it begins with a sense of wonder and love for their son, Cass. The story is told, quite deftly, in two voices: Libby’s is often angry and hurt, with an underlying self-doubt not erased from her accomplishments in the here and now. Aiden’s voice is also riddled with self-doubt and punishment, while attempting to ‘prove’ himself to Libby and working within her often unreasonable expectations. After penning the initial thoughts of this review – I read other impressions on the story. While many people hated Aiden, and found him not receiving enough punishment for abandoning Libby and Cass, they seem to not account for his losses or pain. What I think was more important in it all is that love, combined with a real and honest assessment of where wrongs were committed, can overcome the hurt and doubt. This story is thrust into the genres of Chick Lit and Romance, but it is far more than those narrowed confines. As I said, it is a catalog of where things go wrong, and the stupid decisions we make when hurt and afraid; and just what consequences those decisions can have far into the future. It alternates with wonder at the proclamations that Cass makes, to anger with his parents for their behavior, to tears and tension. This is not a book to be taken as a “light read” because no matter where you stand in liking or disliking the characters, you will be thrust into a story crafted to make you feel. While there was some ‘outside’ action that seemed rather gratuitous and unnecessary to the plot, the minor characters and their needs were also integrated into the story in a way that highlighted the many good qualities and character traits of both Libby and Aiden. This story was a daunting task, and the author created a novel that was both memorable and touching. I would suggest that you read this book first, and then see what sort of people both Libby and Aiden were in their college years: by then reading the prequel.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Binding Arbitration by Elizabeth Marx....Wow this book is amazing, I could not put it down. Elizabeth has written one of the best books I have read. I was hooked from page one and could not put it down until the last word. This book hit all the emotion buttons, so have a box of tissue ready. I highly recommend this book or an book by Elizabeth Marx.
Tinabooklover More than 1 year ago
I have NOOOOOOOOOOOOO idea why I bought this book. As a mother who lost a child to leukemia, I had no idea if I could even do it. I am so glad I did. Although the ump in Aidan's head is a little odd, it is a wonderful story. I cried, I laughed, I had a lot of emotions. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Don't pass this one by!
ElaET More than 1 year ago
A beautiful and angsty book made me laugh, cry, and rejoice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CrossroadReviews More than 1 year ago
My Review: 5 Stars I have not read the prequel to this book. However that didn't take away from Binding Arbitration or BA as I have been calling it. This book is about loving, compassion, overcoming fear, pain, loss and more. This book is VERY long but that just made it better. I tend to find myself starting to skim when I read long books. But this one I read ever word. I have since gotten a hold of the prequel so ill be eatting that one up to! "*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a great read! I read the novella and then immediately purchased this one. It started off rocky for me, but it was DEFINITELY worth it. I cried a lot and laughed in many parts. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.