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The Art of Feeling

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,082 ratings  ·  225 reviews
Perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven’s New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places, this contemporary YA novel explores the friendship between a girl in constant pain and a boy who feels nothing at all.

Samantha Herring has been in constant pain ever since the car accident that injured her leg and killed her mother. After pushing her friends away, Sam has receded into a f
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by HarperTeen
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C.G. Drews
I DO NOT EVEN HAVE WORD FOR HOW FREAKING GOOD THIS BOOK IS. It's absolutely one of my favourites of the entire year. How many times did I even laugh out loud?!?! Seriously it B R O K E my heart and also filled me with the absolute best feelings of squish and love and hilarity and I just....dude. This book. My favourite. This book.

+ I loved the contrast of girl-who's-always-in-pain to boy-who-can't-feel-pain.
And the disabilities aren't a background quirk. As Sam says: walking with crutches doesn'

this is one of the best books i've read this year and i am so glad to be alive and existing in the same universe as this book. i can't believe NO ONE shoved this book in my face and told me to READ IT!!!!!

it has THE BEST mental and physical health rep i've read, while handling topics such as grief, death, bullying and drugs. not only that, but we're all blessed to have a precious idiot, Eliot, in our lives. i lived for his snarky, hilarious comments and his inability to
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
the fact that this book isnt more popular is the single greatest tragedy of 2018.

this is everything that i love about YA contemporary. i love coming of age stories that deal with such heavy and real topics like grief and mental health. but i also love it when its done in an endearing way, mixed with first romances and strong friendships. throw in a broken, but coping, family life and i have everything my heart needs to feel whole again.

i am usually wary when it comes to picking up books that de
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
“My life is a health problem. My goal is to live efficiently. And that means cutting out stupidity like saying things I don’t believe to people I don’t respect, and—this conversation”

The message is solid here: chronic pain, the grief, PTSD and complication in relationships resulted from those issues.

Reading this dug up a whole lotsa mess inside me. It was not good, but it was also not bad either. Like Eliot said “It just is.”

I felt like the past decade of my life just flashed before
♛ may

this may seem ridiculous, but i've been actually reading this book for over a month (i literally never prolong finishing books) just so i can speND MORE TIME WITH IT BECAUSE I CANT LET IT END OH MY GOD



Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“I do know one thing, and it’s that the blankness that I usually feel went away the second I got into his car and it hasn’t come back.”

This was a YA contemporary story about a girl who had injured her leg in the car accident that killed her mother.

Sam was likeable character and I felt really sorry for her losing her mother the way she had. I also felt sorry for her that her leg was so badly inju
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: The Art of Feeling is a young adult fiction novel written by Laura Tims. It will be published on 8/15/2017 by Harper Teen, an imprint of Harper Collins, 336 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, and romance. This book is intended for readers ages 13 and up, grades 8 and up.

My Experience: I started reading The Art of Feeling on 5/15/17 and finished it on 5/16/17. I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I love the quirky humor. I love the main character and her family. I enjoy the fri
Yusra  ✨
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars//i’m crying at how good this was. this was so, so, so, so, amazing. this is everything. please read it. it’s one of the best contempts i’ve ever read like it was funny, sad, relatable, I LOVED IT. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. WHY IS IT NOT MORE POPULAR
fhudfhdufhwf i loved sam, i loved eliot, i loved rex i loved tito!!!! review to come but if this isn’t enough incentive ADD IT TO YOUR TBR PLZ
I only realized now, how fully-functioning, normal family I have at my wake. And how completely functional organs and limbs I have attached to my body. Shamefully, it took me more than 300 books and 18 years of life to come to this realization. In my defense though, I wasn’t really actually aware of how things are different for some people, and how that difference is normal to them.

See, The Art of Feeling is a good book. It is about Samantha ‘Sam’, who is handicapped after an accident that kille
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ℨαrα by: ♛ may
Things I liked:
◘ Eliot and Samantha are odd and have their issues, but their blunt honesty and dry wit is everything.
“I just hate apologizing.”
“Nobody hates apologizing that much.”
“I hate lying,” he corrects himself. “And I don’t really feel that apologetic.”

◘ Sometimes there’d be lines that would convince me that the author set out on a mission to write this book with the intention of attacking me (that’s a mark of a good book). For example:
“Sometimes when I’m dealing with too much, I stop
Angie Elle
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC from Edelweiss

Maybe it’s because of this unremarkable cover, but I didn’t have high expectations for The Art of Feeling. Though to be honest, I don’t know why. I mean, my interest was sparked enough to request it. I have to say, this book was such a surprise for me in all the good ways. I loved the characters even if I didn’t like all of them, and I always love a story when friendship blossoms in the unlikeliest of ways. The Art of Feeling definitely had that vibe. At the beginning of this b
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
Well, that was an odd reading experience. Definitely not what I was expecting from the synopsis and reviews I’ve seen. This book is somewhat off kilter for a YA contemporary novel, and not in a good way.

This story follows Sam, a girl in her senior year of high school, who is currently coping with the death of her mother, who died in a car accident which also left Sam disabled and in chronic pain. Enter Eliot, a boy with a rare medical condition which leaves him unable to feel pain. The story fol
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This was a story of broken people trying to find their way back to normal, and though these stories are usually hit or miss for me, I found myself completely taken with this one. It beautifully contrasts the unending pain of a girl suffering both mentally and physically after a catastrophic accident with that of a boy who can literally feel no pain and hides inside himself to avoid any kind of emotional pain. Their interactions were adorable and weird and I loved them just the way they were. No ...more
lily ☁️
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to lily ☁️ by: ♛ may
I adore the fact that the dog on the cover plays a pretty considerable part in the book. (view spoiler)

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Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cute-ya, underrated
This book is amazing my dudes!!
It's both sad and funny and I really like the writing style.
Gotta say, it's pretty underrated. More people need to read this!
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was amazing!!
It was a fast entertaining book and it certainly lives up to its title.
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Life is bleak. In constant pain following a car accident that killed Sam's mother, her lacrosse career over and her family falling apart, the last thing Sam expects is to meet a new friend. Eliot has a genetic condition that prevents him from feeling pain or temperature. They forge an unlikely friendship, his first ever and her first since before the accident.

Laura Tims' sophomore is every bit as heartbreaking and compelling as last year's PLEASE DON'T TELL. Sam's voice is pitc

BUT THIS BOOK BOUGHT ME SO MUCH PAIN AND HAPPINESS and the only reason i'm iffy about a 5 stars is because i was a bit disappointed about the ending BUT IDK IF THATS BECAUSE I NEVER WANTED THIS BOOK TO NED
I always go into novels about characters with particular conditions with a sense of trepidation. Partly because it's always so rare to find a novel where a disease is portrayed correctly, and partly because I'm always worried the book will become a "sick kid" book e.g. a "cancer" book. The Art of Feeling was a novel that I wasn't too sure about, but I decided to take a chance because this inability to feel pain is a condition that I was taught briefly about and thought it would be interesting to ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i am not good at review thing but i wanna write for this because i really really love this book, this book was funny and also very sad,this might be my favorite book of this year which i am gonna reread alot of time in future, both of the main characters Sam and Eliot were absolutely lovable , i adore them Eliot have no social skills and Sam is just the best i wanna hug both of them so badly,one of my favorite thing was Sam protecting Eliot all the time, every other character was very well writt ...more
I'm not ready to write a full review of any book yet but I just want to say really quickly that I adored this book. It's funny and sad and sweet but also paiiiin. I loved the writing and the characters and Eliot is the most precious of cupcakes.

That is all.
Samantha (WLABB)
I loved so many things about this book!

I think books dealing with grief are winning a special place in my heart. I have been so knocked out by them lately and The Art of Feeling is yet another to add to my "stupendous read" list.

This book was about loss. Sam and her family lost their mother due to a hit and run, but mom meant different things to different members of the family, and they all dealt with the loss in different ways. As far as Sam was concerned, she didn't only lose her mom, she lost
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story follows the building relationship between two high school teens: Samantha Herring; the girl with the crutches and the dead mother and a gap in her memory where a car accident should be. She feels EVERYTHING. And any bit of pain brings flashes of the accident: shards of glass and even more pain. Then; we have Eliot: the loner with zero social skills who claims to know all about people. he can feel NOTHING. His rare medical condition means pain is a non-thing. The two grow together and ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
fantastic. wow i’m speechless 💕
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars!
André Mwansa
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How come this book isn't popular? ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally a book that accurately describes how losing your mother destroys your entire family. Everyone in this book was so fucked up it was oddly comforting to read and feel understood for a moment. Despite this it actually ends positively yet realistically. The characters were lovable, it handled mental illness realistically and Eliot was blunt to the point of hilarity. Maybe instead of accidentally reading book after book about dead mothers I've been doing it on purpose.

'Grief is like a dying
L ♥︎
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I can’t think of any words to describe this book, it was just so freaking phenomenal! Eliot and Sam have the funniest, cutest relationship but not in a cliché way. Highly recommand this one!
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-geeky, humor, loss
Did not know that feeling was art until I read this book.
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
What a cute book! Heart eyes everywhere!

I wouldn't call it a romance though it has a romantic aspect, obviously. Characters were charming. I love the little details such as THE DOG, ugly couch and the 16 personality types being mentioned. ENTP represent!
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Laura Tims is the author of PLEASE DON'T TELL (2016) and THE ART OF FEELING (8/25/2017), both from HarperCollins. She's a mental health advocate, an arts & crafter, and lives in San Diego with a bunny named Noodle. Find her on Twitter @laura_tims.

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