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Progress (Progress #1)

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I admit, I didn’t think much of Charlie at first. She was rounder than the girls who usually caught my eye. Not my type. But when I saw her sitting in that booth alone, for the first time something in my mind or my instincts or my heart told me to join her.

She defied me.
She challenged me.
She gave me hope.
Before I knew it, moving forward was my only option.


I cou
Published January 15th 2016
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Jan 16, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, for-review

2 Stars!

“So the dragonfly saves the frog,” he whispered. Staring into the darkness, he added, “You know, Charlie, some might call that an abomination. When the frog eats you alive, what will you do, little bug?”

…. “Fly away, I suppose,” I finally said.

Progress by Amalie Silver is the first book a new series. I decided to request this book on NetGalley for a couple of reasons. One, I have never read a book by this author and really wanted to give her writing a go. Two, the synopsis intrigued
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 10, 2016 Jennifer Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
3.5 Stars

"Jesse and I would always be opposites. Two people connected in the unlikeliest of ways. Contrary to forces acting complementarily. Fire and water. Absent and present. Dead and alive. Light and dark. Always and never."


Charlie, the heroine is a very relatable character who is overweight, sweet, and completely lovable. Throughout the story she losses a ton of weight and makes great "progress" in finding her self-worth. This is the story of her relationship that at times wasn't even a fr
NiCoLeTa E.
***4 - 4,5 "Broken" stars***

I finished this book and I was staring with blank eyes the screen of my laptop.
What i did just read??? And why everything turned out so fucked up???
I still have this painful squeezing inside my chest and my eyes are refusing to dry...

And I'm still feelling so wrecked emotionally after this story and i'm really wondering if there is salvation for our heroes!!!
Will they manage to make a progress with themselves together and seperated????
What the fuck happened at the e
Dec 29, 2015 Brandi rated it liked it
3.5 Stars


To be honest, I have no idea how I feel about this story. It was a fairly quick read, it was well-written and the pacing, for the most part was good. My struggle was with the story line, and the characters. Progress tells the story of Charlie, a 22 year old, hostess with a weight problem and Jesse, a 25 year old delivery guy, who has a shopping list of issues. These two meet at the Crimson Cellar, the restaurant where they work, and a strange friendship is formed. Charlie is crushing on

Title: Progress
Series: Yes. The continuation of the story is planned.
Author: Amalie Silver
Release Date: 15 January, 2016
Rating: 2.5 stars - 3 stars
Cliffhanger:. No
HEA: (view spoiler)

"I wanted to be somebody.

I wanted to be somebody to him."

Charlie is 22 years old and she has a problem with weight. She feels terrible in her own body; she lacks of confidence, self worth and respect. She's working in a restaurant where she meets 25 year old Jesse, a very handsome delivery
Jan 13, 2016 Wendy'sThoughts added it
Recommends it for: Amalie Silver Fans, New Age, Angst Romance
4 Real Life, Real Feelings Examined Stars * * * *
We read many different types of romance...but really, how real are they...
Will I ever be having that cute meet with the billionaire...
or will I be "workin' it" with a MC from the Motorcycle Club...
or even land that terrific position that just sounds perfect only to discover my last blow out, hook up is now my boss...

Nope, don't think so.
This story is none of that.

This story is more about real life and people who actually exist. With real life iss
Claire Robinson
Feb 04, 2016 Claire Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - "We waited too long." Stars!

I think Progress is going to possibly be a book that readers either love or hate to some extent, due to its story line and characterizations.

I think the main thing that struck a chord with me whilst reading Progress is that a huge amount of the things Charlie went through are also experiences I have dealt with and lived through myself. This association is probably why the book resonated so strongly.

I wanted to be somebody. I wanted to be somebody to him.

Feb 24, 2016 Anastasia rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
2/5 stars

Trigger Warning: rape, abuse, bullying, mental-illness, body shaming

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Progress is the first installment in a series about self discovery.

I admit, I didn’t think much of Charlie at first. She was rounder than the girls who usually caught my eye. Not my type. But when I saw her sitting in that booth alone, for the first time something in my mind or my instincts or my heart told me to

Oh, wow. What a powerful, heart-wrenching story. A story of two broken souls full of self-loathing on their painful journey to self-discovery and self-respect.
I ended up reading this book basically in one swoop.

Charlie's been overweight since she was a child. Two decades of verbal and emotional abuse have left her an insecure mess without an ounce of self-worth. When she meets Jesse, she immediately feels an odd pull towards him.
Beautiful boys like him didn't hang out with ugly girls like me. N
Elle the ClosetRomanceReader aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
*ARC received from author/publisher via Netgalley*

I'm a little upset at myself right after finishing this. How did I not notice "book one" right above the title?!?
Note to self: get better prescription.

This book... sigh...

... it was emotionally taxing, sigh...

I have 2 of Amalie’s books waiting to be read, Word Play and Four Play, 2 light funny reads if I recall some of my friends’ reviews here. Then the cover for this caught my eye. I love the cover! I quickly read the blurb, it didn’t sound fun
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jan 16, 2016 Jenny - TotallybookedBlog rated it really liked it

‘Dreaming of the person I could be was detrimental to my emotional health. There was no end to that rabbit hole. It was dark and scary place.’

We loved the synopsis for Progress by Amalie Silver and couldn’t wait to get stuck in as we guessed it would be one hell of an emotional ride. And it was. We felt hugely morose as we quickly realised that this would pull at those deep rooted emotions as we’re sure many of you too can relate to some if not many of the issues evident in this story.

‘Never let
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Jan 15, 2016 Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016

‘Dreaming of the person I could be was detrimental to my emotional health. There was no end to that rabbit hole. It was dark and scary place.’

We loved the synopsis for Progress by Amalie Silver and couldn’t wait to get stuck in as we guessed it would be one hell of an emotional ride. And it was. We felt hugely morose as we quickly realised that this would pull at those deep rooted emotions as we’re sure many of you too can relate to some if not many of the issues evident in this story.

‘Never let
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Wow, what an emotional story. I think I need a moment to fully comprehend what I just read.


This story is so heartbreaking and messy and beautiful! I'm so glad we got both, Jesse and Charlie's POVs. Jesse would be on my shit list, had it not been for the insight into his thoughts and mind. Gosh, that poor fella. I really felt for him but he still had his bad moments, where his actions or words hurt Charlie pretty bad. Their relations
Will the little bugs learn to fly 5 fucking gold stars.

*Received an ARC for honest review for Wicked Women Book Blog*

You know those stories that take a hold of you from the get go and even after you’re done reading it; it keeps haunting you. Progress was one of those stories; it was an intricately woven tale that brought forth a gamut of emotions. This new version of Progress basically exploded in my face. Amalie Silver has outdone herself; she has cast a spell on me with her narrative about Cha
Jan 12, 2016 Vasiliki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars

***ARC kindly provided by Book Enthusiast Promotions via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review***

What an amazing book! What a fantastic story! I'm so touched by this book that I'm worried that my review won't do justice to it!

This is the story of Jesse and Charlie! Two opposites! I won't say anything about the plot as I don't want to give anything away. You should read this book unprepared for what is coming! To feel it in full force! The story is split in three parts. First pa
Carter Ashby
Dec 02, 2015 Carter Ashby rated it it was amazing
Here is one of those rare novels that dives deeper than you could imagine into the anatomy of a troubled relationship. The storytelling was slow and cerebral, thoughtful, beautiful.

It's one of those snowflake stories that will be a different experience for each reader. We all bring our own issues to the books we read, and this book, more than most, will strike a nerve. The main question I walked away with was this:

How do you balance your love for someone else with what you owe yourself?

I've ne
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ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.
This book was so different! It enthralled and frustrated me at the same time!!! It's a story of...growning up. A story of a woman wanting to change and a man who becomes the catalyst for that decision.
I liked how unique the writing was. Charlie is a woman battling her weight issue. She is a curvy girl who knows what others think of her. Her self esteem is low and she is shocked when Jesse, a gorgeous man, gives her the time of the day. But Je
Susan "Wicked Women Book Blog"

This book totally blew me the he** away! It's dark, emotional and will make you think. Right from the very beginning the author pulls you in with this:

"This is the way the mind works. Memories shift and twist. We forget the details and things in between, but retain the thoughts that impact us most."

Progress is an edgy read that will take you on a journey into the lives of Charlie and Jesse; two utterly broken but beautiful people who are struggling to discover where they fit into this big world.
Jan 27, 2016 Loz rated it liked it
3.5 stars

sometimes it's so hard to review a 3 star read. i feel bad about giving a 3 star rating even though i was thoroughly pulled in and loved this roller coaster ride. well okay, no i didn't outright love the book but i enjoyed it and my emotions were all over the place? whatever. even if these characters drove me insane at times i couldn't put this one down. it was addictive with it's quietly angst-y and yes, slightly irritating and flawed characters. i hope the next book is released soon o
Mar 21, 2016 D rated it it was amazing
#thisbook It's beyond what words can convey.
From the first chapter until the very end, I was sucked into a vortex of emotions and I kept spinning and spinning until the last words on the page. I wanted the end of the book to introduce itself to me instantly, yet I wanted it to remain a figment of my imagination. Because if we met, I wasn't sure if I would like it or not.
#thisbook reeled me in then let me swim free for a while relishing in the poetic words, the sincerity of the story, only to y
Amalie Silver
Dec 20, 2015 Amalie Silver added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Now on NetGalley!
Pre-order for 99 cents!

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I am emotionally exhausting, but this story definitely packed a punch!

Jesse and Charlie............
I think this quote below describes them individually as we watch them struggle with what they have, and will endure in their lives.

We don’t get strong overnight. For most of us it takes time. Strength isn’t measured by how high and fast our walls go up, but how easily we can watch them fall.

I don't want to give you a play by play, but this book torn at my heart. Why you ask?
Well....... Amalie Si
Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
I’ve struggled so much to come up with the right words to write this review. I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter what I say, I will never find the appropriate ones that will do this story justice. And although this is a bit lengthy (guess I did find some words ;-) ), I hope you will read it until the end.

This is not the typical love story. We don’t have an Alpha who makes women fall at his feet with his domineering ways nor the sweet boy next door who makes women swoon. We don’t have the
Jan 16, 2016 Nicola rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Amalie Silver brings readers a story which contains some difficult, sensitive issues; mental illness, dysfunctional and abusive relationships, and body-shaming. Charlie and Jesse are both fighting battles. Individually it's hard enough, but together it brings added difficulties and if I'm honest, I'm not quite sure how I feel having read Progress.

"Dreaming of the person I could be was detrimental to my emotional health."

I didn't dislike it, the story held itself together, flowed and
S. Chavous
Jan 01, 2016 S. Chavous rated it it was amazing
As I sit here after just finishing this story, I'm a jumble of emotions. I feel a sense of pride at seeing Charlie, a girl who had been beaten down by the world for so long, a girl I could relate to in so many ways, find the strength to finally put herself first. And yet my heart aches for her and the beautiful broken boy who helped her find herself while he remained lost.

This story deals with some tough subject matter and isn't a journey through a field of flowers and rainbows, but it does wha
Amy~ My Book Obsession
I've wanted to read this book for some time now but it never seemed like the right time to pick it up. I'm glad I waited until I had a full day to read,because,I would have been miserable having to seek time to read.
Progress will not be a book for everyone. It has some triggers even if they are subtle. Progress deals with mental issues in its truest form. It takes you to a place your neighbor or friend maybe living in at this moment. It's two people journey to acceptance, understanding, and sola
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This book is going to change lives.

“Don’t get me wrong—on the outside I was tough, funny, and was able to easily laugh at myself. But inside I was a festering cesspool of shame and self-loathing.”

I don’t know what to say about this book. I have spent months trying to write a review and the truth is that I don’t know how to do it. I was left raw and exposed when I finished Progress. This book made me face things that I had been avoiding. I had to deal with feelings I was denying. Feelings tha
02/04/16 - Originally my review was 3/3.5, but I moved it up to 3.5/4 after rereading certain parts of the book. As I mentioned this one was hard for me rate.

3/3.5 Stars

This one is hard for me to review. I liked this and have no regrets reading it. I never heard of this author or the book, but it came up on my KINDLE UNLIMITED suggestions so I was willing to give it a try.

Charlie (Charlene) is a hostess at a restaurant. She is 6ft tall and overweight. Charlie has always struggled with people t

Wow. When I say this book hits close to home, it's an understatement. It was gut-wrenching and yet completely beautiful. Silver does nothing to glorify the issues in this story, yet they are brought to perfect light.

Imperfections and scars. Everyone has them. Some people wear them like armor and some people keep them hidden deep within themselves. Progress shows us how different and similar Charlie and Jesse really are with their scars and imperfections. And how despite their past
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