Book Review: Reclaiming the Sand

Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters: Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn't always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

Julie's thoughts: I’m sorry Ellie McCallum. You said I would hate you. I thought I would. Maybe I should have, but I didn’t. I couldn’t. Much like Flynn didn’t.

Reclaiming the Sand is the amazing story of a broken, lonely girl and the broken, lonely boy she loves and hurts over and over. It is the story of growing up unloved, learning to love yourself, learning to love someone else, learning to let someone else love you. All things most of us take for granted. But these things don’t come naturally for everyone. They didn’t come naturally to Ellie or to Flynn. This story is also about forgiveness; forgiving yourself and forgiving others; believing you are worth forgiving, worth loving.

Reclaiming the Sand is not an easy story to read. It is heartbreaking on so many levels. Knowing what Ellie has lived through and watching her destroy relationships before she can be left and destroyed, witnessing the flashbacks of things that Ellie did to Flynn, crushing his heart again and again, seeing the self hate and guilt that Ellie lives with every day, this is a tragic story. It is also a beautiful story of love and acceptance; putting the horrible past in the past and moving forward.

This is the kind of story that makes you want to take care of others, make sure people are treated well. It will make you wish you had taken up for anyone you saw mistreated in the past (or thankful you stood up at the time). It will make you consider the way in which you treat people currently. It is so easy to speak harshly, not considering the affect our words may have on someone else. You never know what someone has gone through that caused him/her to be a certain way or what someone might currently be going through. This story will make you want to be a better person…at least it did for me.

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Lori L. Clark

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