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The Girl of Tokens and Tears

(The Half Shell #2)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  30 reviews
“I should never have fallen in love with Alan. He is like a drug, my secret addiction, and I am trapped in the hold of him.” ~Chrissie Parker

“When I call, you’ll come. You won’t be able to stop yourself. We’re spending the rest of our lives together in bed, Chrissie. Get used to the idea.” ~Alan Manzone

“We’re both in love with people who are not good for us. People we ca
Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Susan Ward Books (first published February 28th 2015)
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Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, it's no secret that I was waiting for this book and that I'm hopelessly in love with these characters.
Tortured Chrissie is so imperfect that she is the most perfect heroine and Alan...there are no words.

Tokens and Tears picks up with Chrissie leaving Alan for no good reason other than immaturity and her stubborn tendencies. In my opinion, she had to leave because that's Chrissie (and I would have never left Alan). With leaving, Chrissie goes to college where is still her famous father's daug
Kathy Wideman
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chrissie is now a freshman in college. She chooses to go back to school after spring break instead of staying with Alan now she is living with the choice. She knew the chance she was taking but she didn’t think that she would never hear from Alan again and that he would wind up with someone else so soon. She doesn’t even want to be at college. She is just going through the motions counting down the days till her next break from school that is until she runs into someone from her past, Neil Stant ...more
Michelle Quintana
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was much better than the first one. I felt more of the connection between Chrissie and Neil than what I did between Chrissie and Alan. She is starting to gain more self-confidence but she still has toxic people in her life. Even though Neil is in love with her, she doesn't believe that she is in love with him. I think that she is but just doesn't realize it yet. She is holding on to her feelings for Alan, who still doesn't treat her any better. With her breaking things off with Neil to ...more
Lost Between the Pages
OMG I love this series so much. Can't wait for book 3. I'm not sure what I want to happen in the next book. It's an extremely hard choice for me. I just hope whatever way Susan decides to take this story she doesn't break my heart. I have my eye on you Susan. If you break my heart I'm going to be so mad at you.

With that being said everyone give this series a chance. Susan is an amazing author.
Crissy Sutcliffe
what a great book to follow up the Girl in the half shell!! so many more emotions and turmoil in this book. this author sure knows how to make you connect and identify with chrissy and, at times, want to ring her neck! her confliction draws you in and keeps you wanting more!
Sarah Reads "Reading in Sarah's Corner"
This story does leave us with a cliffie. Not a "I cannot live without the next book," but a "I cannot wait to find out what happens" kinda cliffie.

There may be a spoiler listed below on accident. So, read with caution. It was not on purpose.

The cover and title of this book captivated me instantly. It is alluring and pulls you in to look at it. I think it portrays the heroine Chrissie Parker perfectly. She is innocent, shy, and not quite sure of herself. She is hiding from the world still in th
Elizabeth Horbaczek
This book was given to me for an honest review. 4 stars

This is a book with a cliffhanger.

I really loved this book. Now I'm one that needs to read the whole series and le me tell you it is worth it. Now if you are the type of person that doesn't need the complete back story then, you can read this. You will be able to catch on, even though you won't know everything, you will still absolutely love the story. I actually like this book better than the first one. It was not as drawn out and I loved s
Fabiola Francisco
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Susan Ward continues to strive as an author. I've been waiting for this book and I am SO happy to read it! What can I say? Once again, I am left speechless by her writing. Susan pulls you in. I am a HUGE fan of Chrissie and Alan. I loved seeing how Chrissie has grown and matured in this second book, learning from her experiences and, in a way, healing.
No doubt her life without Alan in the beginning is heartbreaking. Mostly because I am in love with Alan, and I felt like I was the one who was liv
Andrea Smith
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my! Susan Ward hit it out of the ballpark with Book 2, The Girl of Tokens and Tears! From the start, this next installment finds Chrissy in college, balancing school life with a social life that finds her reconnecting with someone from Book 1, Neil Stanton. From the start, I had mixed emotions about Neil. Maybe because I'm such a big fan of Alan's, but in this installment, Neil shows more of himself and there's some baggage he's carrying as well. His relationship with Chrissy while starting a ...more
Erin Riley
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting (not so patiently) for Susan Ward to release the second book in this amazing series. I love, love, LOVE Alan in all his beautiful messiness, and I couldn't wait to dive in to book two. Wow! Without giving away any spoilers, this book takes the reader in an unexpected direction as Chrissie follows the path she feels she must take. She grows up, grows wiser; learning who she is as a person and not always liking what she finds. But, ultimately, all roads lead to Alan and the reade ...more
Ana Maria  Rivera
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god... this book is sooo much better than the first one ! After book #1 I wanted to kick Alan in the nuts and tell Chrissie to grow a spine. It left me frustated and not sure I wanted to tag along their story anymore... Thank You sweet Jesus !!! for not making me a quitter on my fictional book-friends.... So here we catch Chrissie post-Alan and quickly found myself being TEAM NEIL all the way... I like how she finally began to growup and began to find herself..I have to admit at first I wa ...more
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
An emotionally captivating follow up to The Girl on the Half Shell

Wow. I finished this in one sitting. I was hooked from the beginning and had no hopes of paying attention to real life around me.

The prologue is a recap of how the 1st book ended reminding us of the turmoil Chrissie faced. She is an amazing character. We learn some hard truths in the 1st book and this one continues her character growth exceptionally. Susan has created an emotionally captivating plot with some phenomenal character
Ju Haghverdian
I just don't get Chrissie, she is a very weak, indecisive character. I could understand her immaturity in the first book but 4 years later she still behaves like an immature teenager over and over?
I really liked Neil coming into the story but I couldn't really feel a connection between them. The way their relationship was developed, in my eyes, always seemed temporary, the rebound.
The story got really boring after a while with all the back and forth and the "I don't know what I want" crap. I sti
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tokens and Tears picks up with Chrissie leaving Alan for college. She chooses to go back to school after spring break instead of staying with Alan and now she has to live with this decision. She knew the chance she was taking but she didn’t think that she would never hear from Alan again and that he would wind up with someone else so soon. She is just going through the motions until she runs into someone from her past, Neil Stanton. Oh boy, I have a feeling I know where this is headed. Book 3 is ...more
Andrea (mrsaubergine)
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-edits
I'm reading these completely backwards, and now I really have to read the first in the series to find out all about Alan. This book made me love Neil more - I really want to hear his version of Tiny Dancer! - but clearly Alan's got something I haven't seen yet. There are a number of intriguing teasers at the end of this book that have definitely got me keen for whatever Ward writes next. And this has yet another beautiful Sarah Eirew cover.
Cathy *Booklover4everandever*
Love it

I am more in love with this series the second time if that's possible. It's gritty and as real as you can get for being about a famous musician and an incredibly screwed up love of his life, who happens to be the daughter of a rock legend. But it's about more then that. Read this book you will be surprised!
We are proud to announce that THE GIRL OF TOKENS & TEARS by Susan Ward is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Review will be up when I finish Book 4.
Delena constant
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love OR Friend

A good read,lot's of twist and turns.The road to Love is a tangle in this, can't stop 📚 and one must ask who will be the chosen one. 5🌟 for a good read
Margie   'CSR' Fite
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So good, sad, emotions are all over! UGH

This series with Chrissie, I think she bass to stop running... right!??! UGH! I can't stop reading dang it, I want Chrissy to find her happiness. I love Chrissie and Alan together... it makes me crazy she keeps pushing him away.. I understand going to school, but then she stays w Neil for 3 years.. (I still think something is strange w Neil... I like him, but I get a feeling he hides something deep) all these characters just can't seem to be happy togethe
Ann Meemken
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying this series. Chrissie is trying to figure out her life since she left Alan to go back to school. She is indecisive at times and wonders if she made the right choice.

She is now at college trying to forget about Alan and struggling with it, until she meets Neil again. They begin spending time together as friends and it develops into something more. She is struggling with wanting to be with Neil and at the same time feels her heart belongs to Alan. Which man will she choose?

I think e
I started this book and could not put it down. Damn Chrissie is such a hard character to love and then turn right around and want to slap. She has made some of the worst mistakes possible and I swear they just keep getting worse. I knew something was wrong with Neil, I just wish she has listened to her bestie. On to the next one.
Kelly Yekel
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All kinds of crazy!

I honestly know what to say in terms of my thoughts of this book. I'm torn between wanting to hate Crissey or pity her. A beautifully twisted love affair that doesn't seem to want to end. This is a series that has to be read all the way through to get you of the edge.
Ravenna Young
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
The continuation of Chrissie and Manny's story took some unexpected turns. What I thought would be your typical romance, wasn't. So many twists that I simply had to keep going.
These books are so well-written and the characters so intense that I was easily swept away in the story. There is a lot of back story with foreshadowing of things to come....AWESOME series with lots of steam.
Marcie Wegner
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The continuation of this series is as good as the first book in the series, The Girl On The Half Shell. Once you get started, you won't want to stop. But I still want more....Good thing the third book in the series is already out. I don't know if I could wait to find out what happens....
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Straight on to book 3.
I've also added my review of books 1-4 in book 4, The Girl in the Comfortable Quiet.
Continuing story
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Pocket Perfectionist
This book lovingly caresses all the deep dark places of my heart.
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