Crazy Messy Beautiful by Carrie Arcos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Neruda is destined to find the love of his life. He must, since he is named after the great love poet Pablo Neruda. Unfortunately, as a sixteen-year-old artist, he has only experienced heartbreak. After Callie and Neruda are paired for a writing assignment, he discovers that she is more like him than any of the other girls he has crushed on. Is Callie his soul mate? Will their mutual love of art bring them together?
Crazy Messy Beautiful is a stand-alone love story without all the romance. The protagonist is a teen-age boy who has grown up with love in the forefront of his family. Arcos has developed Neruda’s voice so that readers of any age and any gender will appreciate his plight. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Michael Crouch and he portrayed Neruda with a flawless rendition that made me feel I was inside the character’s mind the entire time. Crazy Messy Beautiful is a great love story, especially for readers who don’t normally read romances.
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