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The Art of Us

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  900 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Eighteen-year-old Charlee Parker met the love of her life in a parking lot—a leggy brunette with a valedictorian medal hanging from her rear-view mirror and an attitude as biting as a Boston winter.
Alexandra Woodson was guarded, a nineteen-year-old orphan set on a bright future in hospitality administration. She never imagined an art student with a penchant for cheesy pick
ebook, 218 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Ylva Publishing
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Diane Wallace
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'Ylva-Publishing ARC provided in exchange for a honest review'

A remarkable grit filled work of good penmanship in an emotionally charged romantic love story of performance in its own right,this book is a vivid and powerful rendering of the unparalleled lives of both extraordinary leads. Some readers will also enjoy certain parts of this storyline which dealt with art and peek into the mind of one of the leads who's preeminent style was an echo or focus in this book because of her passio
Lex Kent
Edit: I am changing my rating to 4 1/2 Stars. I originally only rated this 4 stars, but I keep thinking about this book and I think my rating was a little too low.

This was really good and emotional. I’m not kidding about being emotional; I lost track on how many times I was flat out crying. I love when a good book can make you feel, and this book definitely did.

What happens when you run into your soulmate after being apart for five years? Charlee and Alex are about to find out. That’s it, that’s
I enjoyed The Art of Us very much. Once I started, I just could not put it down. I even reread some parts right away, and it went straight into my favorites. Bravo KL Hughes!

5 stars
Nov 3, 2017
My second book by the author, the first one was Popcorn Love, I found it too cheesy. The Art Of Us however was a second chance romance written superbly right.
The first time Charlee met Alex, they got into a serious argument over parking spot, the insults and banters were grins and highlights worthy. The second time they met, the banters were followed with sex. What??? They had sex after the 2nd meet, oh noooo.. Instant much? I didn't mind such scene though because kudos to Ms.Hughes, the story
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ylva
I know this is an older book, and most of you have already read this, but DAMN. I loved every minute of this read! Yes, it was a touch juvenile at times with the drama, and yes, quite a few issues could have been ironed out faster or avoided altogether if the MCs would have just communicated, but I don't care.

This book is a rollercoaster of emotions, and I'm putting it in my favorites list so I can come back for the ride again sometime in the future. Solid 4.5 stars!
5 Stars.

I don't do angst. I don't mind it in small doses but I generally don't gravitate to it. Unless it is as well written as Hughes has done in this fabulous book. At first I thought I would breeze right through the book it was so good. But I couldn't. I had to read a chapter or two and take a break. Because, you know, I don't do angst. And there are flashbacks. I don't mind it, but I know some readers do not. But wow. This story goes back and forth to college years to present to post college
This here is an angsty, longing, frustrating, brilliant read. In fact, even reading The Art of Us took me longer than usual because the feelings get TOO REAL. Especially for those who've had significant exes or are dating people who broke off from something deep. It puts an uncomfortable layer of insecurity to the read. Somewhat painful, but effective. Totally what KL Hughes wants from me, I'd reckon. Or, at least it'd make her feel great to cause these feelings.

I'd say for my personal taste, th
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ylva
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When you pick up this book be prepared for your heart to be ripped out of your chest. This book knocked me flat out more than a time or two. You can literally feel your heartbreak right along with the main characters. A fantastic emotional ride that is chock-full of angst and emotion.

Charlee and Alex meet early on in college. There is an instant connection, and they spend the next years blissfully in love, head over heels. When school ends Alex is offered an amazing career opportunity on the opp
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I admit that I’m not really a fan of popcorn love but after reading this I will give it a try again.
Goodness! This book will give you so much feels.
From the first page I already got a vibe that this will go straight to my favorites.
Is there more of this?
Nice execution of second chance storyline.
So, if you’re a fan of those I would totally recommend you this.
Charlee and Alex will be added to my top ten fav couples.

You just have to read this to appreciate it.
Lots of crying. Cheesy lines. Flas
Corporate Slave
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well that's a good start for the year! Unbelievable chemistry! You can't miss reading this one .. ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one has been pretty strong.
Although it is basically a story of love, separation and reunion, there are many additional ingredients that add distress and sorrow to the already sad situation. The story is developed through flashbacks that link past situations with similar ones of the present. This is the way the author explains to us the past of Charlee and Alex, through these flashbacks. And the story always has that really sad background even in its happy moments.
But I particularly enjoyed
Jane Shambler
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ylva-pub
Whoa! I am seriously exhausted. This book in a single word has to be EMOTIONAL. The feelings this book extracts are so real. You feel everything. It felt like my heart was being ripped from my chest. Also, because of that I am seriously having trouble writing this review. How Hughes managed to write it I don't know. But she did and she managed to blow me off my feet.

To help you understand I found that one minute I'm happy, cheerful even. Then the next sad and angry even. Then I feel this need to
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liked it despite the boat ton of the sads and bad feels. Doing twin story arcs via flash backs is a tricky beast. I was confused several times when a scene change happened with no nudge that a shift in time happened as well. A simple 'Then' and 'Now' accompanying the scene separator would have insta fixed that.

It's really a story of second chances. Didn't fall in love with it (see the above sads and bads) but I liked it well enough.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is achingly beautiful, it hits too close to home. I hate how the characters made me feel too much. I'm a sucker for second chances. ...more
Cue Barbra Streisand singing "The Way We Were".

No I'm not reminiscing about an ex, I'm thinking about a few years ago when I read the fan fiction version of this and bawled my eyes out.

Exceptionally well written, this story will no doubt tug on your heartstrings if you ever had your heart broken and especially if you're not over that certain someone yet. Though it's angsty there are some great secondary characters who bring some much needed levity every now and then.

There's not much else I can
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, f-f
This book gave me a headache. So thanks Joc for suggesting it, because I can at least knock it off my TR-list.
In another way though, it's a multiple no-thanks for a lot of other reasons, here are the top 3 :

> Flashback Bombing : the writing keep jumping from present to past and so on.
> the five-year-long grieving widows : I'm confused by the sheer stupidity of the two mains and I don't think I had the answer to that one question that I kept asking myself all the time : why hasn't the artist F
Les Rêveur
This was probably one of the most angst ridden novels I have read all year. It literally kicked the wind out of me more than once with this heart breaking tale of second chance love.

Charlee and Alex met in college and fell madly in love and knew they had met their soul mates. Unfortunately when Alex is offered an important job at the other side of the country they just can’t make the long distance work. They both love each other enough not to ask the other to give up on their dreams but they kn
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by YLVA in return for an honest review.

I wanted to read this story because I enjoyed Popcorn Love and this had good reviews. I was hesitant though, because past/present romances are not a favourite of mine.

This isn’t a ‘fun’ book, in that it’s very angsty and there’s a lot of pining. Also, there was no separation to show when a flashback was starting within a chapter, (by that I mean use of italics or some other formatting) which did make this hard to read, because the majority of
This is an emotional book where the past and the present are interlaced and it’s impossible to understand the present without the past. Both characters made each other and it is also impossible understand Charlee without Alex, and vice versa. This is a passionate and sometimes sad book about people who deserve second chances.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Listopia: True Femme/Femme Romance

"It's beautiful."
Oh, this beautiful book about star-crossed lovers absolutely slayed me! I was figuratively clutching my chest through 90 percent of it. And in Abby Craden's capable hands, it was up there with one of the best. In fact, this has inspired me to create an Abby's Greatest Hits Goodreads shelf that includes this, Pages for You, Alone, Turbulence, Ask, Tell and Ask Me Again. And I've pinpointed exactly why these have affected me so - Abby performs vulnerability and longing like no other. You FEEL ever ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I listen to this one over and over. One of the best audible credits I have ever spent.

2nd Listen -- took a long road trip with my wife, she hadn't read the book. She really enjoyed it but she thought the ending was a bit long.. I still love it and think it is worth picking up either in ebook or audiobook form. ** 1st listen -- I pre-ordered this on audible and started it the moment it notified me it had been downloaded. This is a book I could listen to over and over again. I typically only buy
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first novel from this author. It’s a book full of strong emotions and it pulled me in instantly.

The combination of the past and the present in this story was excellent written. And KL has a wonderful way, to make you feel everything the characters are feeling. And she also describes, explains and draws everything and everybody in a perfect way. You really can imagen Charlee’s art or the loft where she lives or as they struggling with all the emotions.

Charlee and Alex meet again after
Truly beautiful but not easy going. This could have been over the top angsty but Hughes builds up an incredible cast of supporting characters around Charlee and Alex that holds the whole story together. It's very powerful and deeply moving. ...more
Gaby LezReviewBooks
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't particularly enjoy angst in my books but I have to admit that 'The art of us' deals with it well. Around fifty percent of the plot is written as flashbacks but, instead of dividing the plot in halves, past and then the present, the author intertwined them cleverly. Past and present are not even divided in chapters or labelled in titles, Ms. Hughes makes them flow in little sections without any clarifications, and it works remarkably well. It balances sad and happy aspects of the story ni ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Us follows the lives of Charlee and Alex who met at college, fell in love, graduated and followed their separate dreams.
Ms Hughes creates an homage to love. She writes about love with such delicacy you are drawn into the characters and their story. When Alex, who is a woman of few words,speaks of love it takes your breath away.

We learn that a love story is more than two people in love. Friends and families are intertwined in their story and affected by the ripples of Charlee and Alex’
Jo reece
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Left me wanting more....
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
It's was an okay read, it didn't blow me away. I didn't like the constant jumping between past and preent (sometimes I was confused if it's now or if it was when they first were together). 3,5 stars ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Much better than Popcorn Love, the only other book I've read by this author. ...more
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KL Hughes is an American poet and fiction author writing in multiple genres. Growing up in a small town of just over 1500 people, she spent much of her time inventing various ways to entertain herself as well as others. Whether it was through vocal performances of original children’s songs or theatrical re-enactments of books, movies, and actual events, Hughes showcased her extensive imagination a ...more

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