Author: Ryan Loveless
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Characters: Carter, Ethan
POV: Alternating 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, YA
Carter Stevenson is looking forward to a fresh start in a new high school on the other side of the country. It’ll give him a chance to escape his reputation for twitching and stuttering. He’ll have the summer to himself in his new home in California, and in the fall, he won’t get involved in any activity that puts his Tourette’s center stage. He won’t stand out as different.
But his new neighbor, Ethan, isn’t just going to change his plans. He’s going to change Carter’s life.
Ethan Hart is recovering from a traumatic brain injury, but it doesn’t dampen his enthusiasm or love for life. As soon as he sees Carter, who moves like the music Ethan sees between the clouds and the grass, he’s determined to become his friend, and then his boyfriend. And even if his parents say their romance can’t get physical, Ethan won’t let it stand in the way of falling in love.
Stepping into the spotlight was the last thing Carter ever wanted, but Ethan, along with a group of friends who like him just the way he is—tics and all—starts to change his mind.
Adapted as a YA edition of the award-winning novel Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless.
Ethan is a re-adapted novel from the book, Ethan Loves Carter by Ryan Loveless. As a huge fan of the original, I was very anxious to read how Ms. Loveless was about to rewrite the story into a young adult friendly version.
One of the big differences is this book is told in alternating first person. I admit, first person isn’t my favorite tense, but because we get both Carter and Ethan’s point of view, I ended up liking it quite a bit. In ways, because of this, we really get to see what the character is thinking and feeling and I as a reader, appreciated this very much.
The biggest difference in this and the original are the ages of the characters. Instead of being in their early to mid-twenties, Ethan is couple of years older than Carter and Carter is fifteen going on sixteen in the novel. In ways, I both liked and didn’t like this. It was strange to read about Carter’s parents, who are not in the original book and also strange to see them as young adults who are still under their parents thumb.
Now please don’t get me wrong. I loved the way these two young men connected with each other. It was very apparent that they are clearly meant for one another. I loved how they bring out the best in each other and even when things don’t always go as planned, they really work at learning from their mistakes and making their relationship thrive.
I also really liked how we are able to really see the struggles both heroes go through because of their disabilities. It’s obvious that Ms. Loveless has true skill and knowledge of the specialness of both characters. Not only did I feel like I got to know both Ethan and Carter very well, they were easy heroes to like and empathize with. In the end, I thought the everyday struggles they go through make them stronger, better men.
In some ways I wish Ethan Who Loves Carter wasn’t one of my favorite books. Because of this, I did constantly compare the two stories and that probably makes me biased toward the first book. I’m always hesitant to wonder if young people who fall in love will truly end up being together. In the original, I didn’t have that problem. I loved the ending and knew they would always be happy together. In this book, because of their ages, I admittedly wondered if they would be able to stand the test of time and be together in the long run.
Ethan is a well-written, sweet love story that will live in your heart long after you finish reading it. With lovable, realistically written characters and the bond these two boys share together, it will surely be a favorite for many young readers. Ethan is a well-written novel about two young men who are truly made for each other. Period.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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