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(Progress #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  469 ratings  ·  167 reviews

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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Jennifer Kyle
Dec 20, 2015 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."

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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 w
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***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
Dec 27, 2015 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 deliver
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked 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
Dec 21, 2015 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 12, 2016 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
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Nov 18, 2015 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

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.
Elle 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
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Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Nov 19, 2015 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 rel
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 08, 2016 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
Nov 20, 2015 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
Susan  Owensby

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.
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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
Jan 22, 2016 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
Dec 29, 2015 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
Amalie Silver
Nov 15, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
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
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
S. Chavous
Dec 22, 2015 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
Uniquely Jenn Life & Books
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Star - ARC received in exchange for a fair and honest review
progress 5 star

2 years ago I read a little book called Progress, so captivated was I that I quickly went into book 2, Interrupted and then the final book, Rewired. At the end of my journey I fucking bawled. I mean a complete and utter ugly cry to end ugly cries. I had my mom, whom I was visiting at the time, in a fit of concern because I could not talk and I had just burst into tears out in the living room next to her. My journey was complete and I
Jan 12, 2016 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 a
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough receive an ARC of Progress. With this emotional story of Charlie and Jesse, I have no idea where to begin or if I can even find the right words to convey how good this story is. For me Charlie was a very relatable character. Charlie and Jesse both have their own horrible pasts that define them. Both of them need to find the strength within themselves to make the changes that are necessary to overcome the trials in their lives. Sometimes change isn’t easy to achieve but must be ...more
ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)
Dec 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book was torture! I was waiting for the main character to grow a backbone and stand up to so much abuse, but she never did. Very frustrating read.... he has mental issues and since she was obsessed with him, she put up with all his junk. There was so much repetition. Everything that happened was so obviously unrealistic. I kept reading hoping it would get better but sadly it didn't. I can't bring myself to buy the next book to find out what happens because I really don't care.

Deb Markanton
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amalie Silver’s Progress is both beautiful and hauntingly tragic. This unforgettable story held me in its grasp from beginning to end, and it absolutely slayed me. Ms. Silver is not only a phenomenal storyteller, she has a stellar understanding of the complexities of human behavior. She has opened a box of puzzle pieces and challenged us to assemble a picture. The brilliance of this is that every reader will invariably create their own image of what this book means to them. And, that image will ...more
Ann Marie
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted this book and I am so happy that I was able to read this amazing story.

This was an amazingly beautiful twisted story of two souls colliding, seeking and wanting love, to be loved for who they are or even who they could be. Sexual tension, desire and love all wrapped up in a perfect emotional roller coaster.

Meet Charlie, she is not in a healthy place at this point in her life, whether it’s her weight, mental and/or emotional state. She struggles with many issues, weight seems to be
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