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***5 ‘Do it for the cake’ stars***
There was something about the blurb that peaked my interest and I had the gut feeling that if I didn’t give Win Some, Lose Some a go I’d probably regret it and I’m really happy that my brain listened to my gut (it doesn’t always because it believes it’s smarter ~ debatable but true) because this book pulled all the FEELS out of me and I couldn’t put it down. I tried, I did because I had that work thing to do, but I failed and finished it in a matter of hours.
Matthew is living with a mix of Asperger’s, OCD and Autism, or Austim Spectrum Disorder, and is able to live his life as long as his routine never deviates from the parameters he’s set, but when things get a little off course he struggles to accept it and it can at times be too much to bear. But he works through it with his own determination, and the help of an amazing support system, and comes out stronger in the end. My heart ached as well as melted for Matthew. The struggles he faced would have brought anyone to their knees, and at times they did for him, but I loved how he got back on his feet and didn’t let any of it deter him from his goals. Despite not always being able to understand when he was being teased or what a look might mean, he was sweet, smart and had a kind heart that came through in the little things he did.
Mayra is the popular girl. Co-captain of the soccer team, pretty and sweet. She has it all going for her and yet she doesn’t let it go to her head. She tries to be the best friend she can and do the right thing, but like most people when someone is different it can take a nudge to see what lies underneath. I adored Mayra. She was a little spitfire with a compassionate and patient heart who had no problem sticking up for herself (LOVED those scenes). What sealed the deal on how much liked her was when she explained why she’d never taken the time to get to know Matthew and what the trigger was that had her finally crossing that bridge. It was so simple and so real, on both points, but also showed a maturity in her that was a huge draw for me and showed me that she was evolving from a teen into a young adult.
I loved watching as Matthew and Mayra’s relationship evolved and all it took was a simple ‘Hi’ along with school project. Mayra’s stubborn determination definitely moved things forward, that girl was a force to be reckon with, but Matthew’s own curiosity and unnameable need to have Mayra in his life also moved things along. Watching as Matthew opened up to Mayra and how Mayra picked up on the little things that would make Matthew uncomfortable and did what she could to ease his distress while not allowing him to curl back up into himself made my heart happy. And as for their HEA, I really liked how everything played out. There were quite a few potholes in their road, and one of them pretty extreme, but I liked how they worked through it all, with a little help from family and friends, and came out stronger in the end.
While this story is very much about Matthew and Mayra they couldn’t have gotten to where they were if it hadn’t been for Travis and Bethany, Matthew’s aunt and uncle, Henry, Mayra’s dad, and Megan, Matthew’s sister. There were a few others who helped the process along in one way or another, but these four people were their main support system...at least in the end. Bethany was my favorite hands down, if you want an example of tough love all you have to do is watch that woman with Matthew. Travis and I got off to a rocky start, and I wasn’t the only one, but his love for his nephew was never in doubt. Henry, Mayra’s dad was simply a good man who gave his daughter what she needed, not what he thought she needed. And Megan probably gave them the sweetest gift of all.
This is my first read by Shay Savage and I’m really happy I took the chance on it. It was well written and while I tend to prefer a dual character POV, in this case I’m happy that I got to experience everything through Matthew’s eyes. It wasn’t always easy, but it opened my eyes to what a little patience and kindness can mean to someone who doesn’t see the world in the same way and knows they don’t. This is a YA/NA character driven novel, but it’s one that I would recommend to anyone looking for a sweet, fun and heartwarming romance.
~ Copy received from the author via The Next Step PR and voluntarily reviewed ~
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Win Some, Lose Some by Shay Savage
“Best win ever.”
Sometimes it only takes a few pages, a few sentences even to know that you are going to love a book. As soon as I started reading Win Some, Lose Some I had that feeling and the more I read the more I loved and the more I loved the more I had to tell people. I cannot put into words how much I loved this book, everything about it was perfect, the story, the characters, the flow and the dialogue were on point. The character’s naiveté, their first kiss, their first of everything was endearing, emotionally captivating and gave me the biggest case of the warm and fuzzies EVER!! This is my first book by Shay Savage and if this is indicative of the stories that she writes then I have a whole lot of catching up to do.
“As long as I could find a way to show her how much she meant to me, I didn’t have to worry about finding the right words. Win. So much win!”
Matthew Rohan always knew he was “special” his parents had drummed it into him from an early age but supported him throughout his childhood. He knew he was different, he had his routines, his rules, his obsessions but for him…it was his normal. Matthew had Asperger’s and a host of other disorders that appear on the Autism Spectrum. Having just lost both his parents he is struggling to cope with his new normal. His sister, who also has Asperger’s, albeit a lot more severe than Matthew is now in an Autism Centre but it is up to him to support them both. He is very strong minded, extremely focused and set on graduating, going to college and ultimately getting a successful job so that he can take care of his sister and himself.
“…you win some days; you lose others. That’s just how it works.”
Matthew, Matthew, Matthew, I adored him, being a mum I just wanted to jump into my kindle and give him the hugest hug, stroke his hair and give him the biggest slab of chocolate cake. Shay Savage delivered a stellar male POV that perfectly captured the real troubles and worries that sufferers of Asperger’s go through. From thought processes to actions, to repetition, to melt downs…she covered it all, realistically, empathetically and sympathetically. This book actually gave me a greater insight and from the beginning, throughout and to the end, Shay Savage perfectly captured the changes and the stress of those changes that a girlfriend had to Matthew’s life, all for the better. This book also goes to great lengths to highlight the effect of Asperger’s on the family and the partners, often these are overlooked and to get all angles was perfection.
Mayra is one of the best heroines I have read about in a long time. This girl was the captain of the girls’ soccer team, was popular and intelligent, but most of all she had a heart of gold. Mayra is in the same Ecology class as Matthew and as his day is disrupted by someone sitting in his seat and then not being allocated the same project partner, she becomes his voice of reason. Now working together on a project their lives are about to be turned upside down, Matthew with disruption to routine and Mayra just the chemistry that sizzles between the two of them. They may be working on a honey bees project, but the “birds and the bees” is definitely more fitting.
“Perfect looks like you and me together.”
To watch these two first and foremost develop friendship and trust hit me right in the heart. That constant fear of Mayra’s motives lurking in the background until it becomes clear that she is as genuine as they come. Mayra’s patience and understanding and her adaptability to Matthew was heart-warming and she knew just when to push and just when to pull back. Matthew’s metamorphosis from no emotion to friendship, to love, to protection, this guy loved fierce, an emotion he never thought himself capable of, he had just never met “the one.” It was breath-taking, all of it was stunning, I cannot adequately describe what I felt while reading this, just that it was emotional and sensory overload, I felt it all, lived it all and breathed it all.
“She makes me feel normal. She makes me feel like maybe I can have what other people have.”
This book was so endearing and utterly captivating, so much so that Shay Savage had me hanging on every word. The flow was perfect, the story spell binding, my heart was fit to burst for these two. The secondary characters all added to the story and in particular, Matthew’s Aunt and Uncle and Mayra’s Dad were stunning characters from the get go. Everybody had their place, their actions and reactions tantamount to the story and everything just gave this story “more.” More perspective, more understanding…just more. With an angry guy and a winning lottery ticket thrown into the mix the undercurrent of that story became crystal clear towards the end, more perfection. I adored this story, everyone must read this story, yes, it is YA, but it has its steam and their first kiss was THE BEST first kiss and their first time WAS PERFECT, real, relatable and EMOTIONAL. Buy this book, read this book!! You won’t regret it.
“…I reached over and poked the fish.”
Each day was a win or a lose for Matthew and those comments at the end of each day had my heart melting. This was one of those books that I didn’t want to end, I wanted to keep going, I want to know how they do at college, I want to know what happens after and even then I could read about these two on a back porch in a rocking chair reminiscing. These characters have embedded themselves into my heart and soul, I just want MORE!!!!! Shay Savage, you have blown me away with this book. No criticisms, just 100% perfection.