Holding Out for a Zero

Holding Out for a Zero

by Heather Wardell

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BN ID: 2940157025779
Publisher: Heather Wardell
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,230,571
File size: 380 KB

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Holding Out for a Zero 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Heathers books but I saw this book and wasnt sure if i wanted to read it. I didnt know if i would like the storyline, but i got it and started reading and couldnt put it down. Im glad i got this book and i cant wait to read future books with the other possible characters from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book covers a darker side of what trauma can be like. It's a great read and the message is wonderful. I cried through most of it and read the whole book in a matter of hours. As always, Heather's writing is so expressive of the human experience and you can feel exactly what Valerie is feeling. The normal love story that evolves in most of her books is different in this one and that difference made this book much more powerful. I hope this is the beginning of a New York series as there is so much more to explore and grow with these new characters. I love the subtle polar bears in every book and it makes me smile every time I find one! I can't wait for her next book!!
walkman2020 More than 1 year ago
Who is really in control? Is the constant theme which flows through Heather Wardell’s latest Holding out for a Zero. Please note I received an Advanced Reader copy in exchange for an honest review. The story follows the main character, Valerie, having suffered a devastating loss years prior having evolved into a uber-control freak. Everything from her personal life (weight), career (promotion) and relationships with her family are not deemed as variables but elements which she believes she can control. When she has to face yet another family tragedy, Valerie resorts to works for her – she attempts to take control. And this is where the skill of Heather Wardell kicks in, you are not only a witness to Valerie’s journey but you feel her every frustration, her joy and her humbling defeats. This story is will take you on a roller coaster emotional ride which, at times, will have you screaming at the characters (I’m looking at you Valerie). This realistic portrayal of someone who doesn’t have all the answers, who stumbles as much as she triumphs, provides a refreshing ring of truth for a main character who are too often portrayed as Hollywood perfection. Buckle up your seat belt and prepare yourself for the ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Heather Wardell's books, but thoroughly enjoyed Holding Out for a Zero as one of my favorites. There are aspects of the main character, Valerie, that I think all women have felt: the struggle to maintain control while balancing family, a career, and a personal life. During parts of the book, you truly want to dislike Valerie for things she says or does, but in the end, you feel a true compassion for her. Valerie is one of the darker main characters out of all of Heather's books, but I think she also feels like one of the most real. While few go through struggles as large as Valerie's, I think we can all relate to parts of her story. I honestly could not put this book down once I began reading. I definitely recommend picking it up. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
quita917 More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I am a big fan Heather Wardell books so I was very excited to receive a copy to review honestly. I always find it so easy to relate to the characters in Heather’s books, but when I started this book I thought there is no way I would relate to Valerie. I was wrong. Valerie is not an easy person to like but I was able to understand the inner workings of her mind. I rooted for her to get it together. Please understand that when you start reading, you will more than likely not like her at all. You will not want to root for her but don’t give up on her, you will eventually tolerate her. She is not very nice, she is complicated and she is hard to understand. Valerie is an example of how we just don’t know what causes people to act the way they do. If Valerie was a real person, (and to some of us, she may be a real person that we know) you would not be her friend. Heather Wardell did an excellent job of giving us insight into what causes Valerie to be the way she is and even if you yourself would not be her friend, you may still root for her to get better and be better. I know that’s how I felt about her. The book was very realistic in that it wasn’t all wrapped up nicely with a little bow at the end. At the end, some will wish that she did things differently and some will understand exactly why she did things the way she did. I would definitely recommend this book. Be aware that it is a heavy story. If you tend to not like books with heavy themes, you may not want to read it, but I would encourage you to read it. We all know or know of a Valerie.
CAM12 More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book and have been a beta reader for some of her other books. Heather Wardell is one of my favorite authors. When I started reading the book, at first I didn't think I was going to like this one. I found Valerie to be unrealistic in her need to control things that would have no bearing on the outcomes she desperately was hoping for. With that being said, the more I read, the more I started to see that Valerie was desperate to control something in a life that seemed beyond her control. I started to relate to Valerie. I could see how someone could be so desperate to change their life that they could latch onto one thing they could control. Just when I thought the story was over, I realized I had quite a bit of the book left to read and I was now hooked. By the time I got to the end of the book, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book very much. Valerie grew so much from the beginning to the end. I found myself rooting for her in the end. This wasn't my favorite of all of her books, but it was highly entertaining and I wasn't disappointed. If I could give this book a 4 1/2 star review, I would. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that has read one of her books in the past and to any new readers. Hope you enjoy!
avidreader98 More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I have read and reread Heather Wardell's books. As with all of Heather's characters this one is well developed. This book will grab you from the first and keep you hanging on to the end. This character starts out at the top and carries herself down only to claw her way out. This book deals with a difficult subject in a creative way. Pick it up and check it out.
lamalayton More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I've read every book by this author and this one might be my new favorite! Wardell does such a good job developing her characters and making them relatable. I'm glad she shed light on the not often talked about subject of eating disorders, even if it was uncomfortable to read at times. I enjoyed that she could evoke an emotional response from me. That's good writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book, and must say, I feel so lucky to have gotten that opportunity. Like all of Heather's books, once I started reading, I was instantly hooked. Heather has a way of connecting the reader to the characters. If you are a fan of Heather Wardell, this book is a must-read!