Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan
Jeremey Samson studies computer science and applied physics at Iowa State University, he’s incredibly smart, tenacious and strong.
He’s also autistic and usually people treat him differently because of it.
He wants what everyone wants: Independence, friends and a boyfriend.
“It’s like Elwood Blues says: everybody needs somebody to love. I’m an everybody. I get a somebody.”
A troubled boy that lives in his neighborhood fascinates him and one day he bravely approaches him.
Emmet Washington is having a hard time coping with depression because his parents don’t believe it’s a medical condition that needs treatment.
All he wants to do is disappear in his room all day… until a boy changes his life forever.
“When you have an invisible disease, your sickness isn’t your biggest problem. What you end up battling more than anything else, every single day, is other people.”
“sometimes I feel like everyone else is carrying a bucket of water but I’m trying to carry an ocean. its very hard. sometimes I would rather not carry my ocean, even if it meant I couldn’t be alive.”
Great story, awesome characters, remarkable writing.
Dealing with depression and anxiety, being in the autism spectrum, becoming an “adult” and falling in love… everything was written beautifully!
This book has a lot of potencial triggers, attempting suicide is one of them.
Jeremey deals with severe depression and anxiety so the chapters in his point of view are not a happy read.
His struggle feels real and Emmet’s love and friendship truly save his life.
Emmet is truly AMAZING.
This extraordinary young man took a piece of my heart.
“That’s my ocean. I have to pretend as best I can to be like people on the mean so people don’t call me a robot. I’m not a robot. I’m real and I have feelings the same as everyone else. And I want a boyfriend. Except my ocean doesn’t make me want to be dead. It makes me want to fight. I want you to fight too, Jeremey. I want us to carry our oceans together.”
Definitely ⭐ 5 Stars ⭐ material.
*Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan is book #1 in The Roosevelt series
~ My Ratings ~
Writing: 5 /5
Plot: 5 /5
Emmet: 5 /5
Jeremey: 5 /5
Secondary Characters: 5 /5
MC’s chemistry: 4 /5
Triggers: Being in the Autism spectrum, dealing with severe depression and clinical anxiety, suicide attempt, explicit sexual scenes.
Recommended to: Adult Romance Readers looking for a meaningful M/M Romance that deals with the topics mentioned above.
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