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Hawthorne & Heathcliff

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,761 ratings  ·  421 reviews
Two names that didn't belong to us. Two shoes that did.

Intense and introspective, seventeen-year-old Hawthorne Macy knows all about being abandoned. She's felt the stark pain of being left behind by the people who are supposed to love her the most; her parents. Raised by her caring uncle on an old plantation, Hawthorne lives her life on the fringes of her small Southern t
Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published August 2nd 2015 (first published July 31st 2015)
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Aestas Book Blog
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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“If it’s the forever after kind of love, it’ll find you again."

Wow, this story was absolutely beautiful!! I read it in one sitting and then sat there hugging my book when I was done with happy tears in my eyes. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a very unique, beautifully-written story that'll tug all your heart strings and really make you feel. It's deeply introspective and layered with almost poetic symbolism, but at the same
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars!!!

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Hawthorne & Heathcliff is one of those books that I couldn’t put down. It’s a unique YA story that had a powerful story line, great characters and the writing was fantastic. This book was very ‘quotable’. I highlighted tons while reading, which is always a great sign!
Some love stories end. Others start your life over. His jumpstarted mine. For that, I will always be grateful.

Hawthorne & Heathcliff’s shoes meet their senior year of high school. Hawthorne- aka Clare is a bit of
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 ~ 3.75 ”For my sake.” STARS

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This is the story of two teens in their last year of high school;whose shoes meet each day on the floor of their English class (and slide closer to one another each day.)

”Two shoes, my size seven and his much larger undisclosed number. Hawthorne and Heathcliff. Two names that didn’t belong to us. Two shoes that did.”

Their connection and growth was well done;however, the writing at times was over the top and too philosophical for me. The symbolism
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was out off the charts good the first 75%, worth 100 stars but... I felt let down the last 25%.

I'm so sad because I really, really, really loved Hawthorne and Heathcliff story till Heathcliff left for the army.
It was poetic, deep, thoughtful and I could not stop writing quotes from that book. This author touched me deeply and the love stories (there was several love stories as there are many kind of love) were sheer beauty. I cried, cried and cried some more. I felt deep tenderness for Hawtho
Shannon Moore
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Checkers and cherry pie. <3

I don't think I have the right words to describe what this book means to me. I don't think I'll ever have the right works to describe what this book means to me. For a while I even debated on whether I would tell my blogging girls how much I loved this. When something is so special to you, you want to cherish it. Part of me wants to hug this book to my chest and keep it private, keep it undiscovered and treasured. But the other part of me feels the urge to throw it at
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Every now and then I get asked by people why I read. I read fantasy for the escape it gives me. An author has free reign to take me anywhere and believe anything. And I read contemporary for the reality. An author can weave words and create situations that allow me to walk in the characters shoes. To feel what they're feeling on some deep level because I may have experienced what they're going through. But when it comes down to it, the reason I read is for books like this. Hawthorne & Heathcliff ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vaso by: Christina
Shelves: e-books
This was such an emotional and beautiful and so different a read.
A lovely, interesting and romantic story that had me hooked from the first page.

There’s this thing love stories always forget to mention. That love isn’t a constant thing. Sometimes it changes, other times it fades completely.
Love is a mistake worth making.
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Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jan by: Saunders

A beautiful and moving story.
Many times I had to take a deep breathe to carry on reading trying to hold the tears.
One criticism only: That epilogue was unnecessary in my opinion.
I didn't like Max living TWICE and I think he should have stayed when he first returned from 5 years away.
First of all, let me warn you, dear reader, so you can already get your tissues ready because this book you’ll bring you to your knees, like it happened to me.
This was unbelievable. It’s been a really long time since I shed any tears reading a book and this one made me cry like no other. I had a huge lump in my throat while reading the ending. Really, this one is so moving. It’ll touch deep inside your soul. The quotes, the situations and how they dealt with it, the teachings that it brought the
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG. This book was fantastic!
If you haven't done so already add it to your tbr pile.
It is emotional, romantic, heartwarming, and tear jerking.
One of the best books I've read this year!
Amanda (Fandomly Bookish)
You know you've read a good book when you end up musing about your life and how you're living it. Thank you, R.K. Ryals for crafting, writing and sharing this story to us. Hawthorne and Heathcliff is beautifully written in a poetic and philosophical manner. I was a few chapters in, when the first batch of tears and sniffing came in. There were moments where it got my head and heart spinning from all the metaphors, reading between the lines and the emotions flowing out of the characters.

Karina Ramirez
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen-books, new-adult
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful story. Heartfelt and felt sort of old school.
Loved it.
”Hawthorne and Heathcliff. Two names that didn’t belong to us. Two shoes that did.”

This book has me in a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand, it was a perfectly fine read. The romance was there but not entirely overwhelming, the setting was fine, and everything else about was nothing to really complain about. But something just felt a little off about it for some reason. It’s like if you eat a certain type of food and it tastes like it’s missing an ingredient, but you’re not sure what th
"Hawthorne and Heathcliff" by R.K. Ryals has tugged at my heartstrings until they broke, leaving nothing but an emotional, ugly-crying mess behind.
The amazing thing is that the author did that without pulling out the emotional sledgehammer like so many others do these days.
There was no over-the-top drama.
Instead R.K. Ryals was chipping away at my heart with a pickax - page after page until I was drowning in my own tears.
Not because the book is just sad and filled with heart-break. It has tha
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
I can already say without doubt that this book is my favorite read of 2015. No others need apply. R.K. Ryals speaks to my soul. I cannot put into words how much I loved reading this book. Despite the ugly crying, the snotty nose and the late night ice cream; it was worth every minute of it. The author pulls you and immediately connects you to the characters. You are invested by the page one. The prologue sets the tone and offers a window into the heart of the story. This prologue is gritty. It p ...more
Billie Lawson
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I hate when everyone loves a book and I don't! For some reason I could never connect to this book. I was forcing myself to read it and it was not holding my attention. In the beginning of the book I loved Heathcliff and Hawthorne drove me crazy and by the end I loved Hawthorne and Heathcliff drove me crazy. There were also a lot of grammatical errors (which for me) really take away from the story. The best parts of the book for me were Hawthrones relationship with her uncle and Gams. That storyl ...more
Kathy V
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This might be my favorite read of 2015. I fell in love with it from page one. I did not skim a single word. It was sad and eloquent but such a beautiful story!!! I connected not only with Hawthorne and Heathcliff but also with Mam and Uncle Gregor. They were all special and this author did such an amazing job with this book!
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves all the stars in the sky!!

It's been a couple days since I've finished this book and I still haven't been able to read anything else. This book was everything for me. And exactly what I needed at the time!!!
I still need to gather my thought to fully write a review. Till then. Give this book a chance <3
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars. This book was like discovering a little gem. The writing style is poetic regarding Hawthorne's (and Heathcliff's) journey. While the story isn't overly dramatic because it is Hawthorne's life and she isn't that kind of person, it's very poignant in terms of what kind of person she grows up into and the reader experiences all of her emotional highs and lows with her. The prologue sets the tone regarding Hawthorne being turned over under her Uncle Gregor's care at age 6. I absolutely ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it

4.5 "for my sake" STARS

"Faces leave," I mumbled. "Shoes walk away. You learn a lot about a person by what they wear on their feet. I'd rather see what's going to leave, than what I'd miss if it left."

I absolutely adored this book! I loved everything about it. This was a great coming of age story. A story about loss, hope, friendship, learning to love and live, and letting go. This book made my heart hurt. I found myself tearing up quite a bit while smiling. By the end I was completely bawlin
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't know how to review this book. The writing was superb. I genuinely liked both Hawthorne (Clare) and Heathcliff (Max). At times the story was beautiful, but I felt sad the entire time reading it. Clare was an old soul, so mature beyond her years, that at times it frustrated me. Things that I would think that would make her mad, didn't. This frustrated me. Especially the last quarter of the book. I mean I get that this story was a journey, for both Max and Clare, but it lacked connection. W ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Faces leave; shoes walk away. You learn a lot about people by what they wear on their feet. I'd rather see what's going to leave than what I'd miss if it left."
by Hawthorne "Hawthorne and Heathcliff"

"...sometimes love isn't forever. Sometimes it's just moments in your life that teach you. If it's the forever after kind of love, it'll find you again. If it isn't, don't let a broken heart break you. Let it make you love harder. Love is a mistake worth making."
by Uncle Gregor "Hawthorne and Heath
E. Mellyberry
One of my bookstagrammer friends reccommend this to me. I cannot thank her enough!

I love everything about Hawthorne and Heathcliff. The writing is beautiful, honest, poetic, and philosophical. Since I love pretty and emotional words, I devour each and every letter, doesn't matter if the characters come out sounding too mature for their age. In this case, it works. They are old souls trapped in 17-yo bodies.

This book made me cry from page one til finish. A worldwide record! Even TFIOS and Me Bef
Veronika's ReaderFeeder
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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6 stars

Maybe some of you will say that this story is strange, maybe same of you will say that it is simple, I say it was really unique and beautiful. I marked tons of quotes, I cried tons of tears and it made my heart full. Maybe it was a good timing for me, I don't know, but this story left a permanent mark on my heart. <3
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story broke my heart over and over again. And yet it was so beautiful.
Tracy Justice
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Hawthorne and Heathcliff is an absolutely phenomenal must read book! I couldn’t put it down. Absolutely extraordinary, never to be forgotten kind of story. I don’t even know how to express how much I loved this book. This author has a poetic writing style. I found myself highlighting phrases on each and every page. I knew when I started this book, I was going to get my heart broken. I cried a lot while reading this story, but there was no putting this book down.

This was a beautiful love story ab
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R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to "share the love of reading one book at a time." An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home ...more

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