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Central Park Song

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Can love really conquer all? What if you met someone from an entirely different world who could change everything in your world -- and in ways you never imagined?

“Central Park Song” explores that scenario and is an urban love story reminiscent of “Good Will Hunting,” “Pretty Woman,” and “Six Degrees of Separation.”

Rodney is a passionate black man with brilliant talents bu
Published April 2014
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Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads



Winter is still looming over the prairies. People meet at their local coffee shop to pass the winter blues and share stories.

Chrissie, 39, sits in the coffee shop watching people in the parking lot come and go.

Janet, 39, sits across from her friend, Chrissie, watching people enter and exit the coffee shop.

Chrissie: So, what have you been reading lately?

Janet: A new heart warming story from
N.M. Silber
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a story for people who believe that fate can bring two souls together ... or maybe it's a story for people who don't believe that, but wish that someone would convince them that they’re wrong. Either way, this is a story that has the power to make even a cynical mind believe in serendipity.

This well-written screenplay challenges many stereotypes, and poses the sociological question, under what circumstances might an affluent white woman become romantically involved with a homeless black
Anna- Maria Butucescu
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whether we call it coincidence, destiny or fate, in one moment lives can collide and change forever.
It is a chance encounter that brings the young, brilliant, but homeless Rodney and the beautiful Melinda -- a successful lawyer from an affluent family -- together.
Albeit coming from entirely different backgrounds, the two form an immediate connection and inadvertently fall in love.
But, as Shakespeare would say, "The course of true love never did run smooth". The protagonists are forced to confron
Ker Dukey author
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I struggle with PG-rated romance (I know, I know “smut lover” I just like sex with my romance) but that doesn’t take away from Zack’s intelligent, beautiful story telling, as i find with all his work.

This quote appears in the screenplay and captures the spirit of this story: "When you look for beauty, you usually end up finding it." ...sigh!

You can’t plan love or when someone will crash into you in a way that makes you question your purpose and path. With an unlikely friendship, can love still b
Elena Cruz (Jazzy World of E's Bookshelf)
"When you look for beauty, you usually end up finding it." If there is a line from Central Park Song, the newest release from Zack Love that sums up the story for me it is this. Central Park Song is brilliantly written story that is actually a screenplay. While this is my first time reading this type of format, it works so well that you are transported into the story. Melinda is a successful lawyer and Rodney is a brilliant, handsome, young man who is homeless. Despite being from such different ...more
Ginger Snaps
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the first screenplay I've read but despite the different format, it was just as easy to sink into the characters and their lives as it is for me when reading a story in book form. I love that this story showed the difference between those who seem to have nothing by most people's standards, yet feel so full inside vs. Those who seemingly have everything yet feel so empty. It took one those homeless people who views life so simply and with so much love to help someone living the rat race ...more
Julie Jaret
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Everything Zack Love writes is different from everything else he’s written (at least so far as what I’ve read -- and that’s all his currently published work). There is no “Zack Love formula." Still, there are a few common threads running through his work. Originality -- of story, of character, of voice and tone; a sense of humor; and an outlook that is raw, natural and real. With regard to those elements of Mr. Love’s work, I suppose you could say Central Park Song is more of the same. But it’s ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read screenplays but Central Park Song is such a beautiful, intriguing story I had to set aside my usual "novels and short fiction only!" stance and step outside my comfort zone. I was not disappointed. Central Park Song is a charming romance about two people whose chance encounter crosses social barriers and makes you wonder if dreams really can come true. Lovely story that really made my day.

Another winner, Zack! Can't wait to read your next story!
Verna Loves Books
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let me say that this was one of the most creative and beautiful stories I have ever read. I loved that Zack wasn’t afraid to write something completely different than most authors. He did an amazing job with this screenplay and I am so honored I got to read it because I really enjoyed it and fell in love with the story. It’s absolutely delightful.

Rodney is unlike any other man you will read about. His soul is artistic and filled with so much delightfulness. I loved how he described love, how he
Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
I loved it!!!!!

I admit I was a bit skeptical at first, not of whether I would like the story, but of being able to understand it. Because it is a screenplay, the format is not what you would be used to from reading books. I am happy to say that this did not interfere at all with my enjoyment.

Zack Love has such an amazing way of putting words down on paper and creating a story and image in your mind. His intelligent way of writing allow the scenes to flow, immersing you in a world of skyscrapers
Jessica Leonard
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Okay honestly! Is there anything this man can't write?!?! I laughed and loved 'Sex in the Title', then went on to an intriguing and unique read with 'City Solipsism', leading to 'The Doorman' which had me thinking for hours and practically speechless after, and now 'Central Park Song'

This, again, is a short from a different angle. Written as a screenplay I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about it. I was nervous but I think my drama club script reading kicked in and the whole thing was perfec
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is my opinion. Please read all synopsis, warnings and reviews prior to purchasing a book.

This is a screenplay and the first I have ever read. It was a little different reading but still interesting and entertaining. As I read I was able to picture in my head a movie screen showing what was happening.

I thought the story would be lost with all the other information in the screenplay (i.e. where people are, how they are looking, age information, etc) but it wasn't. I was able to put mys
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
A very sweet and endearing story of two polar opposites souls who connect through art and the search for beauty!

Melinda is a rich high power attorney from a well-to-do family; Rodney is a homeless genius with a dream...
The entire time I was reading this script, it played on in my head like a Hallmark movie! If you've never watched the Hallmark channel then it's hard to put into words the awesomeness and appeal of just a good old fashion romance! This was very well written, just like all of Zack
Crystal Solis
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This screenplay was a well written love story about a man and a woman who would've never met and fallen for each other the way they did if it hadn't been for fate. She was a well to do high powered attorney living the big dream that all law students dream about when she started to question if she was truly happy. He was a happy go lucky homeless man that underneath was a genius that couldn't get himself together. A chance meeting changed them in a way that neither saw coming. You cannot control ...more
Maria "Rosie" Poli
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Complimentary copy provided by the author for an honest review. I am a smut reader, I like hot, erotic love stories. Central Park Song is not hot and it's not erotic, but it is a love story. A beautiful love story. Another thing that is different, it's a screenplay. I was a bit wary, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It put me in the director's seat and I was creating the movie as I read. This story tugged at my heart. It touches on two very important issues, homelessness and mental illness. We tend ...more
Anita Viccica - Toss
In his Latin epic poem, The Aeneid, Roman poet Virgil wrote, "Omnia Vincit Amor" which means, "Love Conquers All" And that's exactly what Zack Love writes about in Central Park Song! This screenplay is about Rodney and Melinda, two totally different people from two totally different worlds. As both search for their true dreams and desires,they meet and their connection is immediate. And as is always true with life and love, there are many obstacles that are in their way. I don't want to spoil th ...more
Jennifer Pou
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow just WOW!!!

First time reading a romantic screen play, I know I know is very different from want we are used to but hey can't blame a reader, right?

This time I'm not going to give a personal review because for me it was just to much. instead I am going to leave you with a few lines and maybe you could understand what I felt. I hope you really enjoy it like I did.

...if each day, each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness, if each day a flower climbs up to your
Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Central Park Song is not my usual love story (i love intimate scenes to go with my love stories) but beautiful & meaningful (a PG version if you will) all the same. This raised issues to my attention that is not usually in the forefront of my mind, making me think.
Again Zack Love writes his magic and enthrals his readers.
I loved the fact it was a screenplay and you had the actions/settings all set up for the scene.
Fate, luck or coincidence works in mysterious ways, whatever it is that brings the
Daina Lazzarotto
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic story about finding love in the most unlikely of places. This story is written like as a screen play and I felt that with it being written like that it allowed me to see the story clearly. If you haven't read any of Zack's stories before then this is a good place to start. The romance in this story grabs at your heart and allows you to understand that just because people don't live in the best place, wear the best clothes or eat out at the best places doesn't mean they don't hav ...more
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just bought it and read in an hour! I couldn't put it down. Beautifully written in screen play format. Every thought and emotion spoken. My feelings ranged from praising Melinda to wanting to slap Don and James to clapping for Rodney. I felt myself smiling quite frequently. Lovely work Mr. Love! ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When you least expect something Bamm there it is. What a wonderful love story.It was a different type of reading, Reading a screenplay was a surprising good read, Mr. Love as always writes with such feelings and takes you on a wonderful journey.
Apr 10, 2014 marked it as to-read
I can not wait to read this.. Holy smokes Zack is doing a romance... Am I excited Hell Yes I am..Aren't You ...more
Lily (Hopelessly Devoted 2 Books) Wallis
I'm going to start by saying that the only screenplays I have ever read, I read in school and I hated them (to be fair it was probably more because I hated being told what to read than the actual screenplay!) and I didn't think that I would ever see how any one would enjoy reading them! This is the first screenplay I have read voluntarily and I was pleasantly surprised, I actually found I enjoyed reading it and was able to form an amazing mental picture! Now having said that it could be all
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