Normal is just a setting on the dryer.High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it s time to leave for college Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey and he s autistic.But JeremeNormal is just a setting on the dryer.High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it s time to leave for college Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey and he s autistic.But Jeremey doesn t judge him for that He s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don t believe in things like clinical depression When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.Warning Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positive representations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues.
Carry the Ocean Normal is just a setting on the dryer High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it s time to leave for college Then a tornado named
Billions billions of starsPrepare Watch Carly s Cafe Stream The Blues Brothers 1980 movie with Dan Akroyd and John Belushi available on and Comcast On Demand, but not on Netflix This is Emmet s favorite movie, and we have to support Emmet Stock up on tissues the soft kind And wine Set aside several hours to read Do NOT pass Go do not collect 200 Give your partner dog kid mother the Big Mean Stink Eye if they interrupt This is a HOLY experience and should be treated as thus No one is normal Norma [...]
Are you ready to read Heidi Cullinan s best work to date Are you ready to read something so special that you will have to devour it in one sitting Are you ready to read something so captivating that it will broaden your scope of what M M can be This is my 11th book by Heidi, and it s the first one that I ve given 5 stars That should tell you something I have a thing for atypical MCs Give me a well written book with a main character that is left from center, and I m all in I ve read many books wi [...]
Beautiful Alternatively written from the point of view of an autistic boy and one suffering from depression, CARRY THE OCEAN, was both a gut wrenchingly sad story and a heart warming one A very informative novel, too, shall I add Now I know what it means for someone to have depression as mental illness, how an autistic boy around my age copes with the expectations of our dear society, and all of that thanks to a wonderful narration and immersion in the characters minds.The introduction of a bran [...]
4 stars Rating clarification see below Full review posted March 5, 2015Rating clarification5 stars for Emmet because, frankly, you can t not love the super duper awesome Train Man and Blues Brothers impersonator Emmet David Washington.4 stars for the writing.2 stars for Jeremey with an extra e I m sorry to say that I could not warm up to him.Average rating 3.66666667 I gave the book a straight 4 star rating because Train Man Emmet, right Emmet David Washington is nineteen He s studying computer [...]
Everyone is different Nothing in the world is the same as anything else, so how can anyone be normal This book like its two main characters was pure and simple special It was emotional, at times intense and one of the best YA I ve read so far This book is not only for those who love M M or for those who enjoy reading about first love No This book is for everyone who wants to read about something REAL But Carry the Ocean is so much than that It s than realistic fiction It s an eye opening, info [...]
There aren t enough stars in the sky or on for this wonderful book I m bowled over and I m crying nothing but happy tears.I ve got nothing, people, nothing at all I m just buzzing and walking on the clouds I want everyone to read this book Dani wrote a great review if you need details.Also, I have to admit that I was entertained by a quadriplegic getting punched in the face that s good writing
This book exemplifies one of the things I love most about the M M genre the fact that love is love encourages us to expand our main characters to include such a wide range of people, many of whom are far from the perfect, gorgeous, alpha male romance hero But all of whom deserve a happy ending and can be a joy to watch getting there.In this book, Jeremy is autistic, and Emmet has clinical anxiety and major depression, and each is a rounded individual with dignity and worth and insight, capable o [...]
Sometimes I feel like everyone else is carrying a bucket of water but I m trying to carry an ocean It s very hard Sometimes I would rather not carry my ocean, even if it meant I couldn t be alive The second book of this series will be out this month, so I want to recap Carry the Ocean as if I read it for the first time This book was exceptional, unexpectedly awesome in spite of that typical start A story about two neighbours falling in love and conquering their lives isn t something new for me, [...]
Written April 29, 20154.8 Huge Stars Fantastic, Amazing, Wonderful A new YA favorite of mineYay, at last did I join a Monday buddyread with always Monday buddyreading Barbara, Isabel and Eva I m so glad I joined them for this book I m grateful to be true THANKS Ladies Carry the Ocean is maybe this springs talked about new boys loves boys book Rightly It is the book every friend here recommends and seems to love So do I now, and I m silly smiling and happy dancing once again A FREAKING STUNNING g [...]
5 STARS There is no normal, not really Not a right and a wrong way to be But there is belonging Ahhis story I loved it so freaking much I honestly don t even know how to write a review for this because I know whatever I say won t do this story justice.This story is about a young man named Emmet Washington He is a very intelligent nineteen year old, who is studying at Iowa State University and very awesome Oh, and he also is autistic Emmet, with the help of his parents and his therapist, has lear [...]
When I was in teachers college, the instructor of my Introduction to Special Education course arranged for a guest speaker to come into our class for a presentation This woman was the mother of not one, but two children with autism spectrum disorder I remember that this mother gave a very informative and moving presentation, but the nugget that I ll always carry with me from that day was this her children have autism they are not autistic To anyone else, this might seem like a case of semantics, [...]
4.5 Stars Lots of great reviews for this one I was hesitant to read this one because of it s heavier theme This one definitely wasn t my preferred type of read I spent the first half for sure just heart broken over Jeremey and Emmet And then I became hopeful And then I was just so damn happy for them Fantastic writing Two root worthy main characters Lots of tears But some laughs and smiles too Highly recommend.
Let me begin by saying that there is nothing that I can write that would do justice to this book This book is up there as an all time favorite best of the best unforgettable This was as perfection In this book we have two main characters who are dealing with heavy struggles in their lives Emmet, has autism spectrum disorder, and Jeremey, has depression and anxiety Subject matter s heavy and at times difficult to read There was some ugly crying for me in this book It was so heartbreaking.The thin [...]
This book was so much and Other than kind of meandering toward the end, it was a near perfect read for me Stunning, beautiful and so amazing to read I highly recommend this book to other readers.
Re read March 19 2016Still so good.Wow This was awesome I especially LOVED how it was emphasized over and over again that there is no normal That is so true What is normal No such thing exists Everyone is different, some just than others.Emmet, autistic Jeremey, depressed And they were so good for each other.Emmet is autistic, he is also brilliant When he sees his new neighbors he just knows he has to get to know Jeremey Jeremey, who looks so sad all the time They immediately hit it off and it [...]
This is not my first book by Heidi Cullinan I love Dance With Me and it s easily one of my favorite books But this one is hands down my favorite of hers to date I m not sure I can properly describe how much I love this book, these characters and this story It s amazing Beautiful Emotional It made me feel.Jeremey broke my heart He suffered so much His parents didn t understand, they didn t want to understand either They wanted him to be normal They wanted the perfect son The son they could put in [...]
couldn t put it down until i finished it made me cry and laugh Dani s review said it all.
Has gone straight onto my Awesome Audio Narration bookshelf, I think it s the best thing Iggy s done that I ve listened to.other than Nowhere Ranch and the Love Lessons series His interpretation of Emmet was spot onightly stilted, quirky and with underlying humour Jeremey was also wonderful, softly spoken, tremulous at times when he got really nervous David was exactly right.well, let s cut to the chase shall we Just everything about it was magnificent An outstanding audio book for my 1 book of [...]
Everybody, needs somebody everybody needs somebody to love The Blues Brothers Reading this amazing book I was always just a sniff away from a good cry How I actually managed to see what I was reading I don t know, because for pretty much the entirety of the book my vision was blurred with tears constantly welling in my eyes, but as much as I was teetering on the edge, I also found myself grinning like a fool delighting in the eccentricity and magnetism of Train Man Emmet David Washington My name [...]
I am normal I belong I have a friend who can kick ass from a wheelchair I live independently and get good grades I m an excellent lover Like I said I m awesome I m Emmet David Washington Train Man The best autistic Blues Brother on the block.This was mind blowing, tender, poignant, gut wrenching beautiful, heart breaking, emotionally satisfying, I could go on and on until I ll run out of adjectives It s like Elwood Blues says everybody needs somebody to love I m an everybody I get a somebody My [...]
5 Stars Easily one of my FAVORITE reads of the year If I can urge you to read any book this year, this would be it I don t know how to adequately write a review that could even touch on the blinding beauty that is this hopeful and thought provoking book Everybody needs somebody to love I m an everybody I get a somebody.This book deals with autism, severe depression and social anxiety in very real and honest ways It could have been preachy, but it 100% is not Heidi Cullinan handled Emmet, Jeremey [...]
Early ARC ReviewI really wasn t sure when I started this read if it was going to be something that I was going to enjoy I felt with it being both New Adult and one that focused on both autism and mental illness I would have a hard time connecting with the characters and their struggles but I couldn t have been wrong This story just hit me on several levels Educationally I learned so much about both what it is to have autism and what it s like to deal with anxiety and depression This wasn t done [...]
5 Hearts Phenomenal in its scope, this was at times heartbreaking and difficult to read, while at the same time, inspiring and uplifting Cullinan definitely knows how to bring tough topics to the fore and make them relatable giving them a life of their own, a voice to be heard, and a right to be seen.Emmet is different to say the least His autism renders him a mathematical savant but at the same time, he doesn t quite process nor communicate as most people do, and thus he s often mislabeled some [...]
I don t have words to describe what this book did to me Heidi Cullinan is a master story teller I ve devoured most everything she s published, and I was salivating for this book I was also a little apprehensive about how she was going to pull off writing a character on the autism spectrum falling in love with a character who s been diagnosed with major depression and clinical anxiety.In the hands of another author, this might have been a disaster In the extremely capable hands of Heidi Cullinan [...]
Okay, so this time around, I m that guy , so please hold off the flaming torches and pitch forks until the end Thanks I really liked this book Quite a lot, actually.ButBy the last page, I was fucking EXHAUSTED.During the first part of the book, we got some serious insight into what it was like for Emmet to live day to day with his autism It was very enlightening and I m a bit ashamed to admit that I laughed as often and as hard as I actually did.During the same part of the book, we meet Emmet s [...]
I absolutely loved this story about Emmet who wants nothing than a real life boyfriend Emmet is 19 and a physics student, but what prevents him from participating in the dating pool of teenaged gay men is his autism He has troubles controlling his emotions sometimes and needs clear rules and schedules to feel confident and comfortable He hates when people call him the R word For him, his autism isn t an obstacle, but a fact of life that he learned to deal with Still it makes dating hard and fin [...]
Muy bonito, tierno Emmet es autista, Jeremey sufre de depresi n severa y ansiedad cl nica, con que el libro est medianamente bien escrito que lo est y con un poco de sensibilidad, es f cil que la historia te llegue y te emocione, imposible que no lo haga cuando ves a dos personas sufrir por algo que no pueden controlar y ves como trabajan para superarlo y conseguir tener una vida feliz Muy interesante aqu la utilizaci n de los dos POV, debido a la realidad de los dos personajes ser a imposible e [...]
2.5 starsIt sucks not loving a book everyone is gushing about Lately I find myself in that position too often I guess it s time to accept that mainstream mm romance rarely works for me and stop being tempted by all the good reviews Anyway.I didn t like this book but it had nothing to do with Emmet having autism and Jeremey having depression My problem was that while reading I felt like I was in a classroom and I was given a lesson Like I was told what s right and what s wrong There was not a mom [...]
Talk about putting aside all of the superficial stuff within the world and reading about people who can see past each others differences and really get to the goodness inside.There was nothing about this that I didn t love Even David, who I was a little worried about in the beginning, but I ended up loving him just as much as Emmet and Jeremey.Excellent book and I cannot wait to read the next one
Why have I not read this before now Normally I don t watch TV, but I ended up binge watching Atypical and The End of the F king World and then I NEEDED .Sometimes I get too caught up in the perfect romances because I love reading about happy endings and people being fucking nice to each other I need that a lot, with the world as it is right now , but I also think that s why these two shows caught my attention, because they are so off beat and sort of crazy, but they made me laugh, they made me h [...]