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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  23 reviews
After enduring a childhood in poverty with his alcoholic and extremely neglectful father, Jason Schultz is now a grown man suffering from depression. Between his strained relationship with his sister, a job as a cook that he despises, and his overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, he struggles to make it through each day. When he falls in love with a new waitress at his wo ...more
ebook, 209 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by AuthorHouse
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My general guideline for awarding 5 stars is that the book is either an outstanding read, with very few irritants, or a very good read with inimitable content. In this case, I think the latter is the criterion. At times, this book is brilliant.

The backdrop is the American Dream going sour for a working class man, as a boy neglected and impoverished, now locked into a routine of unremitting toil. The escalators, his dreams and the metaphor of his life, lead downwards. Social mobility in contempor
Katrina Hart
Escalators Author Danielle Tara Evans

I brought Escalators because I liked the blurb and was intrigued by the title. I've only just finished this book and can hardly see through my tears.Danielle covered a very emotional subject in her novel, that said I loved so much about this novel because the build up to what happened was so real that I could almost feel just how Jason felt and the twist in the middle was so thought-provoking leaving the end very unexpected.

The story itself is about Jason wh
Escalators by Danielle Tara Evans takes a unique look at love, depression, and isolation in the life of Jason, a chef in Barry’s diner. She uses sarcasm and irony to make her points. Her use of vivid language is quite good. Her descriptions make you feel like you have entered his world.
Her choice of Jason as the main character shows her ability to get into the mind of a young man who is full of contradictions. He calls himself a chef although he is nothing but a cook in an obscure dinner. He ha
Review initially posted on The Indie Bookshelf!

I'm giving this one a strong 3.5 stars.

Wow, I’m not quite sure where to start with this review. I’ve taken a good amount of time from finishing this book to writing the review because I just needed that much time to process my thoughts. First and foremost, I would state that, for me, this book was a hard read and I struggled with it to no end. Yet, this is what I believe makes it a great book. Wait…I will explain.

Our main character, Jason, has a ha
Yvonne Innes
The initial chapters led me to believe that "Escalators" was just a story of how a young man struggles against the wounds of his past and the circumstances of his present. I was able to identify with some of his experiences, as my father was an alcoholic too. I also have friends who have had similar experiences, and suffered similar pain.

As events unfolded, and the relationships developed, I was drawn through an emotional roller coaster of anticipation. I made my predictions, but, as with any go
I highly recommend you read this book. This story is very well written and has excellent character development. I am not much of a reader, but couldn't put this book down. This story shows you just how much depression can interfere with your daily life. This story basically teaches you that you should really think before you make any huge decisions in your life because you might make a decision that is too late to change. Definitely take the time to read this great story from an excellent author ...more
Tom Evans
Escalators was a wonderful book telling the story of a single man's life of hardship and depression. It immerses you in his sweat, blood and tears as the story unfolds. Strong character development and finding love gives you a sense of being there in the moment. The surreal emotional bond and many true to everyday life issues touches your soul as the main character confronts his obstacles head on. I highly enjoyed and recommend this book and look forward to her future work!
Escalators is a fictional story that could definitely happen and really leaves you feeling connected to the characters in some way. The author writes how real people talk; I didn't feel like I needed to look in a dictionary to find brilliant words I had never heard before. I am hoping to read more...
Well written, true to life story dealing with depression. The ending caught me by surprise. I won this book through a Good Reads giveway.
Barbara Tsipouras
*I got a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

This isn't an entertaining book, it isn't funny or suspenseful nor very romantic, it is quite sad indeed. After a shocking start it describes the dreadful life of unfortunate and more and more depressive Jason who falls in love with Lydia. Both of them have family issues and it seems as if they are meant to be together.
But life isn't as we wish it to be and too often we realize what could have been after it is too late.
For the first 65% I kept
Good story with a surprising twist!
Tony Parsons
Jason Michael Schultz (28, suicidal ideation) was driving home after a long day at work. He was a head cook at Barry’s Restaurant a combination bar & grill. Jason went to his nieces Ariel 1st birthday party. Jason got a call from his Dad Ed Schultz (alcoholic) boss he hadn't gone to work. Jason found him dead in his apartment. Jason Schultz (Ed’s son), Melanie Schultz (Ed’s daughter), Dave, Ariel, Dave’s parents, Fred, Ed’s brother Uncle Larry & Aunt Sheila, & their 2 teen daughters; ...more
Willa Jemhart
Escalators by Danielle Tara Evans seemed more like a true story than fiction. Jason's childhood was not a pleasant one, and despite his efforts to give himself a better life as an adult, he finds himself clinically depressed and suicidal.

I did like this story, but I was hoping for more. Because it seemed more like a true story that covered the day to day life and feelings of the main character, the plot was lacking. While I did want to know what was going to happen with Jason next, I didn't feel
Melissa Levine
I won this book through the goodreads giveaway. I had a really hard time getting through this story. After just a few pages I knew I was going to have a hard time finishing it. It just did not hold my attention whatsoever. I get the whole depression thing, I too suffer from depression and yet the story itself is so boring. A guy goes to work, comes home, goes to work, comes home. Same old, same old. Jason complains about work, how he doesn't want to go and whatnot, yet he does nothing about it. ...more
From the very first pages of this story, it becomes clear that Jason’s life is headed in a direction most of us would not wish on our enemies: his father is an alcoholic, and his mom dies in a tragedy as Jason and his sister helplessly look on. The first pages and such dramatic development of events immediately got my attention.

As Jason grows up and becomes an adult, he’s living his life under the dark shadow of his past. His past can probably explain Jason’s struggle with depression, his tense
Helen Karol
I have to admit that I am a lover of HEA and light romance so Escalators is a departure for me. It is very well written and manages to create scenes that seem mundane that we have to plod through, but then are fused with a special atmospheric moment. Right at the beginning when Jason is driving home, I felt the atmosphere. I have worked late shifts and the author really manages to get that special feeling of driving home late at night. In an everyday event, she manages to create the essence of t ...more
Lance Morcan
A disturbing yet fascinating read

This novel veers from heartfelt, passionate, intriguing and often brilliant to dark, stark, depressing and sometimes downright hard to read. The end result is a story that’s almost overwhelming in its intensity and a book this reader found impossible to put down. It will ring true with anyone who has suffered depression or has concerns over the path they’ve chosen in life…and let’s face it that’s probably most of us!

A very worthy 5 Stars.
Casey Harvell
This book holds nothing back. Though at times intensely real and dark, the insight into the psyche of a depressed individual is well thought out and portrayed.

Jason is an overworked, down on his luck character who can't seem to catch a break in life. He's highly relatable, and as the reader goes through his journey with him, it's easy to see how quickly depression can take over one's life. The plot moved along nicely, with some unexpected twists.

While this reads a bit on the heavier side, it's
This is the second book by this author that I’ve read and I’m waiting for what she does next. In Escalators by Danielle Tara Evans, we are dragged into the gritty world of Jason Schultz who, after an awful childhood, struggles through a depressing existence. But don’t worry this isn’t a tale of bleakness, Schultz meets a woman . . . Things get deeply interesting. But the author can explain it better than I. Evans manipulates her characters and story in ways that belie her status as a new author. ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Ugh. I hate not finishing a book that I started, even more so when it is a read-to-review book (a Goodreads win). However, I just couldn't push myself to read this book past 1/4 of the way through. I knew from the first page that this book wasn't for me. I didn't connect with the 3rd person writing style, and I often felt that the phrasing was awkward and stilted. I hope that someone else enjoys this book more than I did.
John Cassian
This is a very heartfelt and interesting novel! As someone who's suffered from depression, Jason's journey felt like a realistic portrayal of what someone like this goes -- always looking for that silver lining on the other side. I really enjoyed the back-and-forth almost love/hate relationship that Jason has with his own psyche, and the way that he describes himself. I didn't see the ending coming!
I just wanna know how to download this book,anyone helps me?
Melinda Lorenzo
Meh. Ending startled me. That is all.
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Danielle Tara Evans lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and three furry children. She has been writing fictional stories ever since she was a young child. Her first novel, Escalators, was published in 2012, and her other works include The Cleansing and The Revolt: The Sequel to The Cleansing.
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