ARC – The End of Feeling by Cindy C. Bennett | Review #9

‘Benjamin Nefer seems to have it all. He’s the most popular guy in school, the star quarterback with college scouts looking at him, his grades are near the top of his class, he can get any girl he wants . . . but he hides behind his dream life to mask the nightmare of his reality. 

Charlie Austin is the new girl. Forced to move in with a bitter aunt, she only wants to protect her fragile mom from the world’s cruelty. When Benjamin sets his sights on Charlie, she’s armored against his charm– friends warned her about Benjamin’s game of pursuing and then dumping a long line of girls, not caring about the broken hearts he leaves behind. She doesn’t count on how single-minded he can be when she refuses him, or how charismatic, easing into the life through what he claims is just friendship. 

Benjamin thought he could keep Charlie in the same place he keeps all girls–something to be used and then discarded. But Charlie has as many secrets as he does, secrets he’s determined to discover while keeping his own hidden. He realizes she’s the perfect girlfriend candidate . . . someone he can use to keep up the façade of a perfect life. Now he jsut has to keep his frozen heart from softening toward this unique girl, because if he doesn’t, his carefully constructed lies might just come thundering down aroudn him, crushing him beneath the burden of feeling. 


We start of this story with Benjamin’s point of view. We learn right away that he has a tough home life. In turn, this affects his life in general. Then we see another point of view; we meet Charlie. Forced to live with her aunt, the only thing she wants most in life is to protect her mother from the worlds cruelty.

Forced to overcome their fears, they grow close. Feelings that weren’t meant to happen, happen. It gets messy. Then it happens. Something they never thought would occur, and it just brought their world to a meeting point.

I loved this book. The End of Feeling, was compelling enough for me to finish reading this. Im so glad I completed this book. It has a New Adult feel, and deals with New Adult life situations, centered around two teens in their senior year of high school. This book is heartbreaking and so emotional, yet the ending of the book left me satisfied. Its been a while since Ive read a book where there were two characters, were honest with each other. No going around their backs. (Mostly.)

I hope that Bennett returns to these characters in the future, if she hasn’t already!

I definitely recommend this book!! Apart from what Ive already said about The End of Feeling, its filled with two great characters learning to trust someone new, and what can come along with it.

Thank you to Skyscape for allowing me to read this book, via Netgalley. Here’s the link to The End of Feeling on GoodReads, if you’re interested in adding it to you TBR.

Thank you for reading! Until next time,
Adele.

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