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Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama…

As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy.

Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him…

A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay
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Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Limitless Publishing LLC (first published August 24th 2014)
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Agnieska a.k.a. Gut
I'm so thanful that author provided me with the copy of the book.

I was impressed by D.A.Roach idea to make Brogen an empath. It was really new thing for me to find in a fictional book. It was one of the main things why "Rarity" got my attention in the first place. It's just such a different point of view when main character not only try to understand other people, but she can also feel them. It just... I would like to be able to do the same thing, even if often it's overwhelming. But that's the
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Vera Neves (Sinfonia dos Livros)
When I received this book to read and write an honest review, I had no idea how much I was going to like this story. I was really surprised to see how a book doesn't need to be huge in pages to make us more than satisfied.
The synopsis makes us expect that this would be another book full of teenagers dramas and therefore I was a little discouraged to read another book with this central theme.
We have, in this book, one hundred and eighty pages that tells us the story of Brogen, a teenager with the
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The Pink Bookshelf
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I was really intrigued with the synopsis of this book. A teen empath? Pretty cool! The writing drew me in almost immediately. Characters were likeable and so realistic. Their interactions weren't forced at all.
I really liked how the author wrote about a real condition and didn't sugar coat. It was very informative. Jumping into this story I never thought that i was going to learn so much. Not only about the condition, but it's a great reminder that you should never take anyth
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Irma
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Would it be all right if I visited Meg after school each day for a few hours?” “Actually, that would be great, but only if you are up for it.” I reached my hand to Meg’s foot and wiggled her socked big toe.”

The topic of this story was something fresh, new. I knew nothing of this condition prior to reading this book. But being a YA romance addict, I'm kinda picky. Hence the three stars.


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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, young-adult
I received this book from Enticing Journey Book Promotions in return for a fair and honest review.

I honestly can't put into words how this book simply blew me away. Reading the synopsis gave me an idea but I still wasn't sure what I'd be getting when I started to read this. I assumed it would be a typical teen drama with hot guy, shy girl and Queen B making waves. Well, I was almost right but this is also so much more.

Brogan is an empath and being around others can be emotionally and mentally dr
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Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Brogen is a teenage girl who is an empath and still in high school. Brogen has had a hard time of dealing with being an empath as her abilities are very strong. But she is a lucky girl having a mom that is an empath too and has been a big help to her by trying to teach her how to deal with what she feels from others. She also has this best friend for most of her life who accepts her she the way she is. Meg is a very good pe
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Declarations of a Fangirl
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books
You can find this review and more like it on my blog, Declarations of a Fangirl.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There may be spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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I had high expectations for this book. The synopsis boasts a teenage girl with empathy, a sweet new guy, and a mean girl. I envisioned some kind of spin on Mean Girls, and I guess I'm partly to blame for that, but this book just did not work for me at all.

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It seemed like there was this underlying bitter curren
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Domoni
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brogen is an empath; she is affected by the moods of those around her. She is also in high school. Trying to walk through the halls with all of the drama is not what she enjoys most in life. Her psychiatrist mom is empathic too so she helps Brogen learn how to tune out other people’s emotions and center herself. Brogen’s one true friend Meg, really seems to get her. Meg doesn’t buy into the teen drama game either so the girls are a great match and really help each other. When junior year starts ...more
Barbi
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rarity by D.A. Roach
Brogen Matthews is a junior at Stanton High School. Unlike her fellow students, Brogen doesn’t participate in most activities because she is an empath. She is heavily affected by the energies and emotions of others and it causes physical, mental and emotional drainage.
Meg is Brogen’s best friend. They have known each other a long time, but their junior year they were lucky enough to have classes together. Meg and Brogen tried to stay under the radar of high school drama, but
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Lydia H
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RARITY by D.A. Roach was like a breath of fresh air. I’ve been quickly becoming a huge fan of YA Romances, and DA Roach solidified it. Her writing style was so easy to follow and connect with, that I could not help but love it. If you’re a fan of Young Adult novels, you really need to pick this one up!

While reading, I couldn’t contain my need to hug Brogen and Jay. You see, Brogen was an empath, so having your emotions get all screwed up because of other people’s feelings, is NOT a walk in the p
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Cathy
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ehlers-danlos, veds
Sometimes the most vulnerable, courageous warriors teach us the most priceless life-lessons. This is what you'll discover in this book. I absolutely loved this book and the name, “Rarity" = "Priceless". It is a beautiful, true to life story where the author teaches many invaluable life lessons. Whether it is about true friendship, or figuring out what truly matters and is important in this world. The characters are compelling and relatable. This book takes you on a teenager's journey through ove ...more
Michelle Schwartz
If I were to fill this entire review with WOW ... would you like it?

Rarity pulled on my heart strings like you can not even imagine. I laughed, I cried, I awwwed and I cried some more. There are so many emotions in this book that are truly hard to evoke from a reader, knowing that it is a story. However, Rarity is much more than a story. It is reality. There are way too many sufferers of the rare disease, named vEDS.

Brogen ... a sweet and simple girl who doesn't know where she quite fits in. She
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Anne
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When this book begins, it appears to be about typical high school friendships eventually developing into a relationship between two seemingly normal teenagers, Jay and Brogen. But as the story progresses, we learn that Brogen is an Empath and she can sense when something bad is going to happen to someone she cares about. We also see Jay learn that he has a genetic disorder, Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which affects all of the collagen in his body. Throughout the book, we see how Jay respond ...more
Tiffany Readz
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
D.A. Roach gives us a sweet, yet sad YA love story. While I'm not usually a YA reader, this book interested me from the blurb and kept my interest peaked until the very end.

Brogen is an empath (the first thing I learned from this book) and she feels for others deeply. For a young girl, that is a lot to handle along with normal teenage stuff. Luckily for Brogen, her mom has the same issue and helps her get through the tough times. Starting her junior year, Brogen hangs with her bestie Meg and be
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Christine
The topic was very serious , but the heroine was very immature. She was too judgmental. She sees two new kids in her class and she immediately thinks about what social ladder and rank they will be in. I loved the premise, but some things did not work for me. First the heroine's mother is the hero's doctor. I don't think doctors are even allowed to tell people who is or isn't their patient. Then the heroine tells her BFF, Meg, everything. EVERYTHING. I was surprised she did not call her to tell h ...more
Jennifer Pierson
I start out with the fact that I don't read nearly as many YA books these days but Rarity caught my interest. I'm so glad that I did read it as it was awesome.

Brogan Mathers is a seemingly typical teenager with the exception of being an empath. She stays to herself because she simply can't handle being bombarded with other people's energies. Jay Wilken is a good looking, popular, and friendly boy. His mother is dead and father is an alcoholic but he refuses to let it define him. Although, he cou
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Carissa Lynch
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my, I was so caught up in this book and couldn't stop reading, even if I wanted to--and I didn't!!! This is a beautiful young adult love story about love, friendship, drama--the usual stuff, right? Wrong. These characters are so different, and I felt so connected to Jay and Brogen that I wanted to hug them! Brogen is an empath, which basically means she's bombarded by everyone's emotions around her. It's so overwhelming for her that she withdraws from most people and activities. But the new g ...more
Hooked On Books
Personally I didn't care for this book. I think the author is great but the story just wasn't there for me. I didn't realize that the story was set in high school time frame.however the story is well written and flows pretty well.
With that being said I did like the characters. The mom mostly she was very insightful and a great mom. Brogan was a great character also, I liked that even though she was a high school girl she didn't give up in jay. She stuck by his side, but it was difficult with jay
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Irene J
I loved reading "Rarity". I finished the book in one evening. It was a story about five young people and how their paths in life crossed and the direction each of them took. It showed a young man Jay who as the book developed discovered that he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease called Vascular Ehlers Danlos syndrome(VEDS4). His body was not producing enough collagen, which is the glue that held his body together. Jays relationship with Brogen in the book showed that there is an education ...more
BeautyandtheBooks
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great story.

This is your typical high school story about falling in love with a handsome boy, but these characters are anything but typical. Jay and Brogen each suffer from their own disorder, and together they find life gets a lot easier when you have someone who understands by your side. I loved Meg and her relationship with Brogen as well as Brogen's mom. I despised Becca just as I probably would've back in high school. It was well written and super informative. I smiled throughout the whole
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Amanda Walker
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rarity by D.A. Roach was such a great read. I finished it in a day (which never happens). It is a young adult book and a quick read. I just love Brogan and Jay's story. They both have issues that affect them in ways you wouldn't imagine. Rarity helps shed light on a disorder I knew nothing about previous to reading this book. I love when books can educate you and you don't even realize it. I do think that some parts of the book could have used some more detail but over all it is a great book, I ...more
Martha Lehmann
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a teenager who finds out at an early age that he has
the same disorder that his mother suffered from. He misses his mother
very much and was devastated by her death. And now he has the same
disorder and has a hard time coping with it. But he has a friend that
values their friendship is not at all intimidated by his disease. She makes him realize that he is not different from other teens, he is just limited with some of the things he will be able to do.
I enjoyed reading this book.
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Jennifer
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

This was a really great book. Loved the characters. Broken was a really strong female lead with a good heart. Being an empath, I think she really gets how people feel and what they need. Her best friend was another great addition to this story. Jay... Jay was pretty great. He had a ton of trials throughout the book and really tried to deal the best way he could. Yes at times he was mean, but I really do get why he was. Overall,
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Amy
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

I loved this YA contemporary novel. It’s a romance and coming-of-age story with an important undercurrent of a chronic illness. The characters were engaging and I learned about a disease I had no idea existed.

I absolutely loved Jay and thought it was great how Brogen stuck by him through everything. This story brings hope and encouragement to people suffering from vEds as well as other chronic illnesses.

I highly recommend this book and will be looking forward to more from this author!
Amy
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars

I loved this YA contemporary novel. It’s a romance and coming-of-age story with an important undercurrent of a chronic illness. The characters were engaging and I learned about a disease I had no idea existed.

I absolutely loved Jay and thought it was great how Brogen stuck by him through everything. This story brings hope and encouragement to people suffering from vEds as well as other chronic illnesses.

I highly recommend this book and will be looking forward to more from this author!
Danielle Harrison
Loved this book! Rarity starts as a seemingly typical high school talethe cute new boy, the cliques, the insecurities and trying to pave a smooth path through the ups and downs of being a teen.

The main characters Brogen and Jay have such depth. Both the simple and the complex interactions are beautifully portrayed as their relationship develops while dealing with typical high school issues and then dealing with a life altering diagnosis. It really did tug at my heart.
Zina Skrandzius
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative book. Great reading for both teens and adults. Loved the story line.
The medical information on Vascular Ehlers Danlos was very informative. Would love to see a sequel of Brogen and Jay's life after the birth of their baby.

Jo
Feb 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I read this book, because of a review. It was a heart felt exceptional review. However I hated this book, I found the writing disjointed and immature. If your a fan of John Green (I'm not), you might like it. I thought it was sentimental rubbish.
Bradon Nave
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Author did a great job with the topic and characters. I knew nothing of this condition prior to reading this book. What an excellent way to create awareness.
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“Would it be all right if I visited Meg after school each day for a few hours?” “Actually, that would be great, but only if you are up for it.” I reached my hand to Meg’s foot and wiggled her socked big toe.” 1 likes
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