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Ten Below Zero

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  4,810 ratings  ·  887 reviews
“In here,” he said, pushing on the skin above my heart, “you're ten below zero. And you’re closer to death than I am.”

My name is Parker. My body is marked with scars from an attack I don’t remember. I don’t want to remember. I choose to live my life by observation, not through experience. While people are laughing and kissing and connecting, I’m in the corner. Watching the
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 28th 2014 (first published July 25th 2014)
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Asteropê An actual answer would be nice. Some people are triggered by death and wouldn't want to read a story where a main character dies. Saying to read it is…moreAn actual answer would be nice. Some people are triggered by death and wouldn't want to read a story where a main character dies. Saying to read it isn't totally helpful. You can place the answer under spoilers so only those who want to know, will know. I'd like to know myself.

Whitney Barbetti Never say never! There is a six months later story coming out in a Christmas anthology next month. :)

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I've read a lot of fabulous books over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, 'Ten Below Zero' wasn't one of them. Was I harsher on this book because I had read so many spectacular books around the same time? Maybe. It is possible that I would have given this a 4-star rating if I had read it at some other point in time. However, it paled in comparison to the other books that I've read recently.

The story is about two damaged individuals tha
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
"4.5**squeeze. squeeze . squeeze** STARS"

So, many of you may or may not have realized I rarely read romance novels as well….. I tend to dislike them. No I haven't t been burned by love "thank. you. very .much!" I find them to be a bit boring and slooooowwwwwwwwwly paced for my impatient taste. I'm one of the weirdo's that doesn’t care for the type of angst they provide, which normally consist of two hamsters characters running on a wheel like forest gump… i.e. the heroine doesn't want to talk
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it

“A single text message changed my entire life.”

This is the story of a college girl, Parker, whose body bears the scars of an attack she doesn't remember and who lives her life keeping to herself as much as possible, playing things safe, watching people live but rarely participating in life. Then one night she gets a text message. It's a wrong number, but she answers it anyways and takes a chance by going to meet the guy who sent it...

"Why don't you ask
Jul 02, 2016 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2016-audios
On hold for now... at 35%

The blurb of this story called to me.... the characters seemed damaged and I thought I would love it so I picked up the audio. At 35% and I haven't connected to either of the characters. Also, the narration is far too masculine for Parker's voice. I may come back to it at some point (I'll read- not listen) but for now I'm moving on to something else :)
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Title: Ten Below Zero
Author:Whitney Barbetti
Release date: August 28, 2014
Rating:5 stars
HEA: (view spoiler)

To be perfectly honest, I was a little apprehensive going into this book. I knew that (judging by the synopsis) the potential was there for going through an emotional battle and I wasn’t sure if I would win the war. And with no guarantee of a Happi
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3--You Brought Me Back to Life--Stars!!

"Some of us have scars that aren't meant to be seen."

I really liked the premise of this story. I loved how Everett and Parker met. I loved the idea of two scarred people healing each other. Two broken people who had given up on living wanting to live for each other. Two people deeply affected by their pasts.

For me, Parker's character just wasn't very likable...from the very beginning.

"You’re cold. Ten below zero cold.”"

I didn't feel
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loves, 2017

I don’t have the slightest idea where to start with this book. It’s one of the greats that stole my words and left me with the most beautiful mess of emotions. When I pick up a novel, I read for experience, understanding, and emotion. Occasionally, I read to escape or venture to a different location. Ten Below Zero ticked every possible box for me on my quest for an appealing read. Many thanks to Talon at Under the Cover Book Blog for recommending this book to me, and tirelessly pimping out the
DNF @ 20%

Well I'll be damned. Having a nice record of finishing my books, this is my 2nd DNF-ed book in GR history. Sorry guys, I TRIED. I REALLY TRIED. But but..

I can't stand Parker; she's annoyingly rude and overly repetitive. You know what else is annoyingly rude? Saying the word RUDE 13 times to Everett within 4 chapters (yes I did a word search for the heck of it). I mean, there's always "pretentious" or "arse" y'know.

Also by 20% in, I felt no connection whatsoever with both MC's. All I got
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
3.5 Stars


Perhaps it’s the fact that I have read similar stories about the numb girl who learns to love and live again with the thrown in road trip but this one did have its positives. Parker is living completely numb to life since a horrific event in her past. She was meant to be unlikable so Everett can breathe life back into her. These facts I completely understand, still I didn’t like her much in the first portion of the book.

”You are wasting your life,” he whispered. “Why did you fight
Jun 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 broken stars!

My Parker

My Everett

Ok so I had to think about this book for a while because seriously, I had no idea what I thought about the story or how to rate. It had his ups and it had its downs, and I wasn't sure in which direction the pull was.

So the book start with a text message to the wrong number. Who would have thought that this small mistake would change the life of this two broken people?

"I didn't want to draw people to me with my broken pieces. I wanted to be left
Dilek VT
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 3,5

A girl who is physically alive but emotionally dead after having survived the brutal attack of a serial killer.
She has no memory of the attack, only the scars on her face and body that his knife left.
She has no emotions but indifference.
She is cold, she is distant, she is “ten below zero”.

A man, who has fought with a recurring type of cancer all his life long.
Now, it is back.
Another brain tumor threatening his life.
And he chooses “not to fight”.
He is tired.
He is sad.
He is refusin
Jeannine Allison
I have very conflicting feelings about this book. I really struggled to get through the first half. There were two reasons for this. One, I knew Parker was going to be closed off, but I wasn't expecting Everett to be equally aloof. It just made for a lot of negativity and dislike at once. And two, while I related to Parker, her thoughts were extremely repetitious in the beginning. She repeated the words "rude" and "annoyance" (or some derivative of this) a lot, and there were times when I would ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
Ten Below Zero is an emotional and poignant novel. I loved how this book started. Parker receives a text message that wasn’t meant for her. The text was for a date with a man named Everett. Parker normally won’t do something spontaneous, but she decides to meet up with Everett. The ‘date’ ends with Parker running away from Everett. Everett doesn’t want to let Parker go without a fight and Parker is intrigued with Everett to keep seeing him.

I almost stopped reading this book a few times. There wa
Whitney Barbetti
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
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Briana Pacheco
Warning: Ten Below Zero is about a guy who is dying and is also trying to get a girl to feel something because she doesn't feel for things. Parker and Everett will be blunt, honest, annoying and rude. If you are already turned off by that then I suggest you find another book to read because this was just heartbreakingly beautiful and it doesn't deserve anything less than your heart (and soul) on a platter willing to get torn to shreds.

I knew right away that Parker was going to be a hard person t
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
☆ I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆


So, I was right. At the end of this read I was thinking, "What the f#*k did I just read?".

Ten Below Zero is one of those reads that I'll admit was a bit difficult to stay in tune with at first, but once it picked up the ante and hooked you, you're in it for the long haul.

I should have literally psyched myself up before walking into the upending storm. It totally kicked my a$#, that's for sure.


I mean, how do y
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: standalone, angst, 2020
This was a gem, I absolutely loved it!
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When I read a book this wonderful, I always wish I had more of a way with words, so I could do the book justice. All I can say is, this is a book that is an honest, deep look into how lives change in an instant.

I absolutely love the way Whitney writes. She's such a talented author, her style of writing is very easy to understand and keeps you captivated. She manages to repeatedly smash your heart into pieces over and ov
Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Another example of why I shouldn't just dismiss books because I *think* I won't like them.

I tend to bodyswerve books when words like 'heartbreaking' and 'damaged' are bandied about in the blurb and in reviews because I love to escape during my precious reading time and I tend to prefer existing in a happy bubble over self inflicted misery any day. So to recap, sweet sadness is a yes, snotty, snorty sobs, not so much. This one had the damaged heroine and a guy with mysterious secrets who helps h
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.

Where do I start without giving too much away…

I loved the characters and thought that the story was so original. I dropped everything to sit down and read.
One night, Parker gets a text message from a number she does not recognize. This “number” asks her to meet him for a drink. Parker has closed herself from the world, but for some reason she accepts this “date” from this stranger. Parker knows that this Everett had mistakenly sent her this message, but she does not care. She wants to t
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"This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us."

Ten Below Zero will have you clinging to live and wanting to explore the world.

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There's so much I want to say, but at the same time so little because any detail will give away the beauty behind this heartbreaking story.

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All I know is that my heart fell in love with Everett and Parker. Both were lost souls that found each other when they needed it the most. They became each other's stre
Pam Nelson
5 Ten Below Zero Stars

Seriously this book, if you have it on your TBR list…move it up because wow. I am blown away at how fantastic it was. All the feels the twists, just the raw emotions. Just a must-read book if I ever read one before.

Parker phew so much to say about her, without giving too much away but I will try. She is raw, she is hiding within herself and she doesn't even know it. She has so much but she exits in life she doesn't live. She thinks of herself as indifferent but that’s so
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Trauma, Shutdown, Love and Life

I loved this book. Everett and Parker are coping with obstacles in life in different ways.
Parker shuts down and doesn’t want to feel, Everett is trying to cram in as much as he can. They click and begin a journey to find purpose and strength.
It was emotional, thought provoking and fulfilling.
While I Initially thought Everett was a jerk, I came to understand and love him.
This book gave me all the feels. Wow!
Chris- Bookaddict
Ten Below Zero...... If you want a book that is going to make you FEEL then grab this one up when it releases..... I got the FEELS and I LOVED every minute of it.

Full review to come when released.....
Cassia Brightmore
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, loved, ugly-cry
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Words are a powerful thing. They can destroy you, devastate you, teach you and heal you. While reading this book, I experienced all of these emotions - from the ugly cry (you know the one, gasping for air, sobbing out loud) all the way to the little explosions of happiness. Whitney Barbetti is a powerhouse writer, she has the ability to make readers feel, and she does it while delivering a message that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Life is not an easy journey. Although we may sometimes
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Author Whitney Barbetti, definitely knows how to stir the up feels. The feels came in like a quiet dust storm, one that slowly spread, settling into the bare desolate desert, and then BAM, you FEEL every tiny particle crashing into your being. It's an emotionally charged feel. The kind of emotional feel that speaks to you with power and want. These feels will overcome you, they may make you ugly cry, scream, curse, beg and plead, and they may very well cleanse you. T
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to rate this to be honest. I couldn't stand the characters for over 100 pages of this book. Everett and Parker were both annoying, rude, and unlikeable. But then something changed. I actually ended up liking the characters towards the end of this. I'm sure my rating is probably higher than it would be if I had read this in one sitting or over a short period of time, but it took me awhile to read this, and as you can see, I haven't been on Goodreads or reading these past couple ...more
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start?! I absolutely love the characters. They loosely remind me of myself and my husband. But the plot...brilliant. I love the adventure. I love the development of the relationship. But the climax...HOLY SMOKES. I suddenly found myself on a derailed emotional train. I had no clue what was coming and wasn't prepared for the plethora of emotions. This book invokes every possible feeling...many times multiple feelings at once! The ending had me paralyzed. No matter how many times I deci ...more
Amanda (Fandomly Bookish)
As I'm marking this down as "read" at 3:18am, tears are currently streaming down my face and blurring my vision. I can't even breathe properly. Those several chapters before it ended was so intense. I can actually feel my heart aching and squeezing the life out of me over what happened between our main characters. All those emotions that I felt while reading this book was definitely worth it. I wouldn't trade it for anything else and end up not knowing about Parker and Everett's story. ...more
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