The Art of Feeling

The Art of Feeling Perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven s New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places this contemporary YA novel explores the friendship between a girl in constant pain and a boy who feels nothing at

  • Title: The Art of Feeling
  • Author: Laura Tims
  • ISBN: 9780062317353
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven s New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places, this contemporary YA novel explores the friendship between a girl in constant pain and a boy who feels nothing at all.Since the car accident, Samantha Herring has been in pain, not only from her leg injury, but also from her mother s death, which has devastated her family After pushing aPerfect for fans of Jennifer Niven s New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places, this contemporary YA novel explores the friendship between a girl in constant pain and a boy who feels nothing at all.Since the car accident, Samantha Herring has been in pain, not only from her leg injury, but also from her mother s death, which has devastated her family After pushing away her friends, Sam has receded into a fog of depression But then Sam meets Eliot, a reckless loner with an attitude and an amazing secret he can t feel any pain At first, Sam is jealous But then she learns about his medical condition and his self destructive tendencies In fact, Eliot doesn t seem to care about anything at all except maybe Sam As they grow closer, they begin to confront Sam s painful memories of the accident memories that may hold a startling truth about what really happened that day.

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  • Laura Tims

    Laura Tims is the author of PLEASE DON T TELL 2016 and THE ART OF FEELING 8 25 2017 , both from HarperCollins She s a mental health advocate, an arts crafter, and lives in San Diego with a bunny named Noodle Find her on Twitter laura_tims.

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  • I DO NOT EVEN HAVE WORD FOR HOW FREAKING GOOD THIS BOOK IS. It's absolutely one of my favourites of the entire year. How many times did I even laugh out loud?!?! Seriously it B R O K E my heart and also filled me with the absolute best feelings of squish and love and hilarity and I just.dude. This book. My favourite. This book.+ I loved the contrast of girl-who's-always-in-pain to boy-who-can't-feel-pain.And the disabilities aren't a background quirk. As Sam says: walking with crutches doesn't d [...]


  • (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)“I do know one thing, and it’s that the blankness that I usually feel went away the second I got into his car and it hasn’t come back.”This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who had injured her leg in the car accident that killed her mother.Sam was likeable character and I felt really sorry for her losing her mother the way she had. I also felt sorry for her that her leg was so badly injured [...]


  • About: The Art of Feeling is a young adult fiction novel written by Laura Tims. It will be published on 8/15/2017 by Harper Teen, an imprint of Harper Collins, 336 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, and romance. This book is intended for readers ages 13 and up, grades 8 and up.My Experience: I started reading The Art of Feeling on 5/15/17 and finished it on 5/16/17. I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I love the quirky humor. I love the main character and her family. I enjoy the fri [...]


  • ARC from EdelweissMaybe it’s because of this unremarkable cover, but I didn’t have high expectations for The Art of Feeling. Though to be honest, I don’t know why. I mean, my interest was sparked enough to request it. I have to say, this book was such a surprise for me in all the good ways. I loved the characters even if I didn’t like all of them, and I always love a story when friendship blossoms in the unlikeliest of ways. The Art of Feeling definitely had that vibe. At the beginning o [...]


  • This was a story of broken people trying to find their way back to normal, and though these stories are usually hit or miss for me, I found myself completely taken with this one. It beautifully contrasts the unending pain of a girl suffering both mentally and physically after a catastrophic accident with that of a boy who can literally feel no pain and hides inside himself to avoid any kind of emotional pain. Their interactions were adorable and weird and I loved them just the way they were. No [...]


  • GRADE: A-4.5 STARSLife is bleak. In constant pain following a car accident that killed Sam's mother, her lacrosse career over and her family falling apart, the last thing Sam expects is to meet a new friend. Eliot has a genetic condition that prevents him from feeling pain or temperature. They forge an unlikely friendship, his first ever and her first since before the accident.Laura Tims' sophomore is every bit as heartbreaking and compelling as last year's PLEASE DON'T TELL. Sam's voice is pitc [...]


  • Well, that was an odd reading experience. Definitely not what I was expecting from the synopsis and reviews I’ve seen. This book is somewhat off kilter for a YA contemporary novel, and not in a good way.This story follows Sam, a girl in her senior year of high school, who is currently coping with the death of her mother, who died in a car accident which also left Sam disabled and in chronic pain. Enter Eliot, a boy with a rare medical condition which leaves him unable to feel pain. The story f [...]


  • This book is amazing my dudes!!It's both sad and funny and I really like the writing style.Gotta say, it's pretty underrated. More people need to read this!


  • I'm not ready to write a full review of any book yet but I just want to say really quickly that I adored this book. It's funny and sad and sweet but also paiiiin. I loved the writing and the characters and Eliot is the most precious of cupcakes. That is all.


  • This story follows the building relationship between two high school teens: Samantha Herring; the girl with the crutches and the dead mother and a gap in her memory where a car accident should be. She feels EVERYTHING. And any bit of pain brings flashes of the accident: shards of glass and even more pain. Then; we have Eliot: the loner with zero social skills who claims to know all about people. he can feel NOTHING. His rare medical condition means pain is a non-thing. The two grow together and [...]


  • I loved so many things about this book!I think books dealing with grief are winning a special place in my heart. I have been so knocked out by them lately and The Art of Feeling is yet another to add to my "stupendous read" list.This book was about loss. Sam and her family lost their mother due to a hit and run, but mom meant different things to different members of the family, and they all dealt with the loss in different ways. As far as Sam was concerned, she didn't only lose her mom, she lost [...]


  • What a cute book! Heart eyes everywhere!I wouldn't call it a romance though it has a romantic aspect, obviously. Characters were charming. I love the little details such as THE DOG, ugly couch and the 16 personality types being mentioned. ENTP represent!


  • I always go into novels about characters with particular conditions with a sense of trepidation. Partly because it's always so rare to find a novel where a disease is portrayed correctly, and partly because I'm always worried the book will become a "sick kid" book e.g. a "cancer" book. The Art of Feeling was a novel that I wasn't too sure about, but I decided to take a chance because this inability to feel pain is a condition that I was taught briefly about and thought it would be interesting to [...]


  • 4⭐️ J'ai choisi ce livre sans en avoir entendu parler et sans avoir lu les reviews. Sans avoir nécessairement d'attentes, j'ai été agréablement suprise par ce livre, qui combine un côté médical à celui du deuil et à celui des classics contemporary :)J'ai vraiment aimé le sujet du livre, c'était super inusité. Les personnages sont attachants et bien décrits! Pendant un moment j'ai eu peur que la fin me déçoive, mais finalement, j'ai bien aimé comment l'histoire s'est finie!À [...]


  • I received an ARC from HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review.(3.5) starsWhen I read the summary, I immediately thought that Eliot didn’t feel pain because he took some kind of medication that numbs everything. Then, I told my mom about my current read and she told me about his medical condition, which I should have remembered from the summary. My interest piqued. Samantha has lost her mother and, since then, she has been left with a leg injury and no friends and no family. She is in tota [...]


  • After a car accident that leaves her experiencing nearly constant pain (both physical and emotional), Sam wishes she could feel nothing. When she meets Eliot, she feels an immediate connection, although she isn't sure why. Eliot needs no one, whereas Sam does, even if she wishes she didn't.The two form a tentative, somewhat unsteady friendship borne of Sam's need to help Eliot. She makes herself his unlikely protector, something Eliot neither seeks nor wants. She thinks she can help him not get [...]


  • I went into this book expecting a cute romance and was pleasantly surprised to find a much more complex and rewarding story than I'd anticipated. I was impressed with how Tims wove together so many storylines dealing with heavy themes like the process of dealing with chronic pain, the effects of grief on a family, and the difficulty of finding a compatible therapist, while still keeping the narrative fun and easy to follow. (Additionally, it was great to see representation of (arguably) autism a [...]


  • First of all I'm not a big fan of contemporary YA, so at first I was a bit reserved about how this book would unfold. I do have pretty much constant pain though, and I walk with a crutch, so I did really want to read this book to see what Laura Tims would make of it, and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved Sam and I recognized so much (also just throw away remarks she makes or thinks) in what she does and thinks that that already made the entire book for me. I really like Eliot and his view on l [...]


  • I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I thought I was going to love Eliot, and I just didn't. I don't know anything about his disease, but I wasn't expecting him to be the way he was emotionally (so logical, not showing emotion, etc.) and I thought the book could have explored more about that. And the whole Anthony storyline seemed way over the top, especially when we find out he set the whole thing in motion that led to the car accident. What??? And then the dog dies? What??? I was just expe [...]


  • 4.5 starsThis was brutal. And also beautiful.And kind of brilliant.It wasn't perfect. I mean, Eliot had his issues (he's basically Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory) and Sam did, too, and don't even get me started on Anthony. Plus, Sam's family was a mess, and I had a hard time with some of the decisions she made. But I'm willing to overlook those things because underneath the surface, much like Eliot and Sam, this book worked for me in a way fewer and fewer books do these days.


  • I really liked the character's voices in this novel, particularly that of Eliot -- the boy who can't feel any physical pain, & Rex -- the brother who numbs his pain with pills. Though the storyline has been done a time or two, this variation gave a fresh new look with interesting characters.





  • Whoa. I DNFed two books in one day. THIS IS A NEW RECORD.Let’s get serious, though. There were several things about this that I didn’t like. For starters, Tims’ writing is very average. I don’t find it interesting or gripping like other contemporary authors (speaking of contemporary, this is an interesting pivot after her debut was a thriller; granted, this is as dark as her thriller and is trying really hard to be #edgy). She tends to make her characters all sound disconnected yet prete [...]


  • ALL THE FREAKING STARS, PLEASE THANKSIS MADE ME FREAKING CRY ?!?!!? i just completely fell in love with the characters (ELIOT) and my heart hurt so, so much for these beautiful fictional humans. It's actually kind of insane how much I fell in love with these characters before even completing the 300 or so pages ??? Especially because I can read books, series even with over 400 pages and I still won't connect to the characters BUT THIS. Amazing amazing amazing I love these characters all so freak [...]


  • This looked interesting, but I had a hard time actually caring about any of the characters. Samantha seemed annoying and immature. I just don't get why characters with problems and who see a therapist aren't actually honest with said them! It annoys the heck out of me. Be honest! They don't feel the need to be honest and feel like they can help themselves, which never works out.is is the case in this book. Oh well, at least I tried.


  • Rating 3.0This was a good book👍🏼 It just felt to rush. Beside all of that Ierned more about some illnesses that I never heard about. :) ✨✨✨



  • Definitely a unique idea and interesting concept. In practice, this one just wasn't for me. I didn't like Eliot, which impacted my enjoyment of the book in general. Also, the antagonistic character went beyond typical high school bullying and ended up causing an event that I found extremely upsetting and somewhat gratuitous. (view spoiler)[Why feature a dog on the cover when you end up killing off the dog? I found it depressing and unnecessary after everything else the family had been through. F [...]


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