What a wonderful story! “Art & Soul” was my second book by this author and like the first one, it blew me away. It was a well written, touching, amazing story with two main characters so vivid and endearing and a love story that touch my heart. Brittainy C. Cherry is a fantastic storyteller and with her simple words she managed to create this story about two teenagers dealing with life changing situations who will find each other, support each other and fall for each other in such a wonderful way.
“Maybe it’s okay to no longer be the person we thought we were meant to be. Maybe it’s okay to just be who we are now and accept that.”
Aria is 16 years old art student. She loves art with all her heart, especially abstract art. She used to be unnoticed, invisible, her passion and her best friend being enough for her. Until one night when everything changes for her and everyone seems to notice her unfortunately not in a very good way.
“Was Levi Meyers real? Did he really exist? Or did my sad, black heart create him because it longed for a little bit of color?”
Levi is the new guy in school. Under certain circumstances he had to move from Alabama to Wisconsin. He hadvlived all his life with his mother who schooled him and taught him how to love music. For him music means everything. Now he lives with his father, hoping that eventually will reconnect with the man who used to be so different towards him when he was younger.
Levi is drawn to Aria from the beginning. He is drawn to her beauty, to her uniqueness, to her sadness. He wants to make her smile. At first Aria is uncomfortable with the way Levi watches her, preferring to be invisible, but she can’t deny how beautiful and different Levi is.
“I wasn’t ready to admit it, or show it, but Levi made me smile. Not just on the outside, but on the inside, too.”
They get to know each other better when they are paired together for their Art & Soul project. They become friends and soon they find themselves falling for each other.
I loved this book and these characters. I absolutely adored them. It rarely happens to love the two main characters equally. Levi was a swoon worthy hero that immediately made me fall for him. The way he was with Aria melt my heart. He was charming, sweet, caring, attentive and thoughtful. He also was a good friend and a good son. He was simply perfect.
“He was the best kind of oxymoron. When I was with him I could be a sad kind of happy and be content with that feeling.“
I loved his kindness not only towards Aria, but towards the other characters as well. He felt mature for his age and I liked the way he sees everything in life and how he sees past social norms. Aria is a likeable character as well. Her character growth is really well done. She’s kind hearted and like Levi more mature than her age.
I enjoyed Aria and Levy’s friendship. It’s that kind of friendship everyone of us hopes to have, but I have to say I loved them as lovers. Even if the premise of this story is nothing new, the story was unique in its own way and Aria and Levy’s love story was heartwarming. Their beautiful story made me feel, made me smile, made me cry and made me hope. I loved the way they communicated with each other and I really felt how compatible they are. They complemented each other like no other.
“The world was often ugly and painful, filled with hate, sadness, and despair. But Aria? She made sense in a senseless world.”
I really enjoyed the love and the friendship in this book. There are more types of love and friendship developed here and I loved this aspect of the story. Mrs. Cherry writing was wonderful, flawless and her choice of words was simply fantastic. They will make you feel every emotion there is.
All in all, “Art & Soul” was a wonderful, unique story about life, love, friendship and of course about art, music and heart and soul with endearing characters, captivating storyline and fantastic writing. It was a stoty that will stay with me for a long time to come!
“That’s the thing about the future, and the past even. They don’t exist in this moment. We only have the here and now. If we focus too much on the past or too heavily on the future, we miss out on our present desires, the things we want right now.”