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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.Since the car accident, Samantha Herring has been in pain, not only from her leg injury, but also from her mother’s death, which has devastated her family. After pushing aPerfect 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.Since the car accident, Samantha Herring has been in pain, not only from her leg injury, but also from her mother’s death, which has devastated her family. After pushing away her friends, Sam has receded into a fog of depression. But then Sam meets Eliot, a reckless loner with an attitude and an amazing secret—he can’t feel any pain. At first, Sam is jealous. But then she learns more about his medical condition…and his self-destructive tendencies. In fact, Eliot doesn’t seem to care about anything at all—except maybe Sam. As they grow closer, they begin to confront Sam’s painful memories of the accident—memories that may hold a startling truth about what really happened that day....

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The Art of Feeling Reviews

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    2019-03-27 03:41

    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't define her, but it is part of her and it's not to be ignored. <-- Super important. I also think it handled them all so well, so respectfully, and yet showed you how the world reacts (which they react shittily sometimes lets be real).+ Did I mention it was. so. funny.I'm not kidding I laughed 50 x million times. I aspire to write something as funny and heartbreaking as this.+ Also it was super cool how it featured the MBTI personality types!I don't think it'd hinder your enjoyment if you didn't know them, but I'm a bit obsessed with them too so YAY. (Also omg frikkin awesomeness I am the same type as Eliot and I KNEW IT from day dot.)+ OK but Eliot and Sam? my SHIP OF SHIPS.It's such a slowburn romance it's barely a romance. I'm like 99% sure Eliot is asexual. But that could just be a headcanon. Actually I headcanon that he's autistic too. (He reminds me SO much of Miles from Made You Up!) He has about 2% social skills and gets super obsessed with his hobbies (until he ditches them) and he's terrified of conversation and says EXACTLY what he's thinking with pure honesty. He is actually my favourite cinnamon muffin. He's horribly bullied too and like, can't feel pain, so he's always hurting himself on accident. And on purpose. HE IS A PRETENTIOUS AND BEAUTIFUL JERK WHO IS SO SALTY AND INTELLIGENT AND I LOVE HIM. Omg I need a moment. At least 12 moments.+ Sam is also the. best.She's on crutches after a car accident and in constant pain...and also like struggling with depression and survivor's guilt since the accident killed her mum. And like the balance of her witty interior monologue + her dark dark's so incredibly well written. Her voice is A+. I would honestly read 93898 books narrated by Sam. SHE IS THE KIND OF PROTAGONIST I RELATE AND LOVE.+ Eliot tho.I just. I just need to say.+ Also the story has really high stakes.There's like a little mini-high-school drug ring and a super complex bully (like I'm sitting on my face because of how COMPLEX ever. single. character. was) and then there's Eliot who could like accidentally direly hurt himself any moment. Also bullying. Also the question of who killed Sam's mum. ALSO MENTAL ILLNESS AND PHYSICAL ILLNESS AND PAIN.+ And, peoples, the writing is clever.Like it wraps and ties things in and foreshadows and I just???? This is clever writing, mate.+ Also let's be real here: Tito is the best dog.He's like this ugly little mutt with epilepsy who is keeping this family together. He also drools and pees everywhere and basically Sam & Co would rearrange the world for their little pupper. (view spoiler)[I am freaking ANGRY that he died. But also I get was like the last nail in Anthony's coffin and it showed how vulnerably human he was. He loved that dog...and he killed it trying to prove he wasn't a bad person by loving it more. but it'S RAINING ON MY FACE. I hate when books kill the dog. This. just. hurt. Although Lena adopted that ugly cat so??? At least there's that. (hide spoiler)]+ I mean, FEELINGS.The characters WON me and the themes really smooshed my heart. Eliot and Sam's struggles were deep and complex and their dialogue was best. And I am just HERE for Sam protecting her delicate boyfriend and Eliot having zero social skills and meeting Sam's dad and saying "I WON'T GET HER PREGNANT". Also Sam carrying around bandaids for him. Also them being friends, learning to be friends, being precious.Do I need to show myself out. omg I need to show myself out before I flail my head off.*** QUOTES ***"That is the ugliest thing I've ever seen," says Eliot. "When did you take it out of the dryer?""It's my dog," I grumble."Friends stick up for each other, at least according to wikiHow.""You looked up friendship on wikiHow?" "You know what we could do instead?" he asks me suddenly. "We could go get some teeth pulled. Or watch a romantic comedy. Or see if any local racoons want to give us rabies. I'm just brainstorming things that would be more pleasant than a party."

  • Sarah
    2019-04-17 08:34

    (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 injured and she was in pain all the time. The storyline in this was about Sam making friends with a boy called Eliot who had insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis. Sam found this a bit ironic considering that she was in pain all the time, and they slowly developed a friendship that seemed good for both of them. We also got a bit of mystery over who it was that caused the car accident which killed Sam’s mother, and a dog with epilepsy. We also got a little bit of romance right at the very end.The ending to this was okay, and I was happy with how things turned out.7 out of 10

  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    2019-04-16 09:54

    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 friendship story. I like how intelligent Eliot is and his views on people. I like how pain and no pain is being dissected in this book. The plot is interesting and the characters are excellent! So many great advices in this book! “People waste their lives trying to find the right thing to say.” 12%, “The best way to move on is to move.” 53% and “Don’t hang your life on wishes that won’t come true.” 92% are my favorites. I find myself highlighting this ebook in so many places.“There will always be a million things I don’t know about you. But I know the important stuff, namely that you’re the right kind of person for me, and slowly finding out more little things is the fun part, because I know it won’t change how I feel. Maybe I won’t be crazy about everything I find out, but the important stuff is worth that.” 64%In this book, readers will follow the point of view of Samantha (Sam) Herring, a high school senior who is at the lowest points in her life where she survived an auto accident, pushed away all of her friends to deal with the loss of her mom in seclusion, and hobbled around in crutches filled with a lot of pain to her leg. Her family: Dad, brother Rex, sister Lena, and dog Tito all deals with loss in their own different ways. Their lives are surrounded by Before Mom Died (MBD) and Since Mom Died (SMD). On the other hand, Eliot Rowe, a fellow senior at the high school, who is born with a medical condition known as “congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis”, meaning he doesn’t feel pain. He moves school often and never had a friend. He’s a bully magnet because he bluntly says things that makes people mad. Since he doesn’t feel pain, he stands there and let people hit him. When people hit him and he doesn’t show a reaction to pain, people feel angry and hit him more. Sam happens to rescue him at one of his beatings and Eliot insulted her. They became friends, two broken souls, figuring out how to be normal human.“If you refuse to give people the chance to be something different, you’re the one who stays stupid and shallow, stunted forever, unable to comprehend the depth of anyone else.” 81%I lose sleep over this book because I couldn’t put it down. All of the characters in this book, including supporting characters, have flaws. I love that each character is well developed and how they overcome/recognize their flaws. I truly love the humor in this book. I love the concept of owning things secondhand. I love Rex’s over-protectiveness of Sam and her dating life. Eliot and his psychoanalyzing is fascinating to read. I love Lena’s positive future outlook. I love the ending and how everything comes together so perfectly. I highly recommend this book to everyone! It’s definitely a re-read for me!Pro: family, friendship, quirky humor, real medical condition, page turner, fast paced, couldn’t put downCon: NoneI rate it 5 stars!***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Laura Tims, publisher, HarperTeen, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please assure that my opinions are honest.xoxo, Jasmine at

  • Angie Elle
    2019-04-07 05:54

    ARC from EdelweissMaybe 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 book, it’s clear Sam’s family is steel reeling from her mother’s death. And to make matters even worse, Sam’s injured leg is a constant reminder of the accident. Between her father’s indifference, her brother’s drug use, and her sister’s controlling tendencies, her family is in disarray. But when Sam meets Eliot, who is her opposite in that nothing makes him feel pain, their friendship gives her something else to focus on. I loved everything about the evolution of their friendship. It starts when Sam ‘saves’ Eliot and then makes an off the cuff remark about him not being able to feel pain, but it’s not long before she realizes how serious his condition is and she wishes she could take it back. Their friendship really just came out of nowhere and was so unpredictable. It was Sam teaching Eliot how not only to be a friend, but how to have a friend, as it’s something Eliot has never experienced before. And what I really liked was that while Sam had distanced herself from her friends after her mother’s death, she felt disconnected from them, but it wasn’t a huge loss for her, because she’s always felt disconnected. With Eliot, this is the first time she’s felt like she had a place, and I love that they were able to be a ‘place’ for each other.The family dynamic in this story was so well done. It’s clear that Sam is, if not the peacemaker, the one who remains neutral so as to not cause more waves, but things around her are more chaotic than ever. And everyone in the family is so lost in their own grief they’re unable to connect with each other. It was just so sad to see, but so realistic. The only highlight for this family was their dog, Tito, who they all adored. I thought Tito was a fantastic addition to the story, and I love how Eliot eventually took to him. There was also an adorable conversation about ‘shut-up kissing’ that left me chuckling. Obviously as this story begins with Sam’s family still grieving for the matriarch, there was a lot of seriousness here. And I will say that the ending was something I didn’t see coming.Overall, I thought The Art of Feeling was a wonderful story about the aftermath of loss and finding friends where you least expect it. It was a book I loved, and I know it’s one I’ll be rereading.This review was originally posted on Books & Beauty Are My Bag.

  • Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
    2019-04-17 07:43

    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 romance necessary because these kids are SO not ready for it. Also, I loved the cast of secondary characters; they were just so genuine in their own grief and issues and made the story feel that much more full and heartfelt. I snorted. I teared up. I felt the things. Even looking back at the cover now makes me feel the things...if that's any indication of the power of this book. And I believe it is.

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    2019-03-30 07:40

    GRADE: A-4.5 STARSLife 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 pitch perfect, sad with a healthy dose of clever sarcasm. Her flawed, multidimensional character was so easy for me to embrace and champion. Eliot was annoying, but I can see why Sam wanted to befriend him. Lena may have been the more irritating character ever written and I admire her family's restraint in not throddling her.THE ART OF FEELING is a fast paced, character drive novel. The cause of the car accident left me underwhelmed, but didn't detract from the plot. Lena and Dr Brown were flat, underdeveloped characters and also didn't detract from the story.Laura Tims might just be my next guaranteed preorder. THE ART OF FEELING will leave you feeling for Sam.

  • Chelsea
    2019-03-29 10:47

    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 follows these two characters as well as Sam’s home life.Typically, if a book is well written and keeps me engaged throughout the entirety of the story, I’ll rate it at least a four. This is one of the rare cases where I enjoyed the reading experience but was so annoyed by the events of the story that I can’t help but give it a low rating.My biggest issue with this is how unrealistic it felt. Every event felt out of the realm of possibility and I just kept asking myself if I was even reading a YA contemporary novel, because the characters just kept becoming involved in situations that would be completely ridiculous in the context of real life.I didn’t like how the antagonist, Anthony, was written at all. He talked really strangely, like saying “never trust someone who says they don’t lie, Little Samantha” (paraphrasing on my part). He was like this cartoonish villain, but it was even worse when the author tried to give him complexity. Like, (view spoiler)[Sam would call him “No Moore” and he would suddenly be so insulted and vulnerable, and it’s eventually revealed that he really just wanted to be liked and have friends, all of which struck me as kind of lame. (hide spoiler)]The bullies in general were kind of silly. Like, we have drug dealers trying to get revenge by pouring milk on the guy they think ratted them out lol.A lot of the characters seemed more like caricatures than anything else. There was maybe one scene with each of the characters at the end that attempted to give them more depth, but almost every character in the story annoyed me.At one point, Eliot literally drives Sam to a drug den when he offers to give her a ride home. This is putting her in an extremely dangerous situation, which made it hard for me to like Eliot from there out.The romance wasn’t awful, but it did annoy me in parts. Sam is traumatized from the car accident her mother died in, but she’s able to talk herself into driving when the Love Interest needs her to.I think this story took on too much. It tried to incorporate a drug ring, the mystery of who killed Sam’s mom, while trying to show character growth for the main character and trying to develop both Eliot and Sam’s family dynamics. It was just a lot for such a small novel.Also, let’s talk about the dog for a second. (view spoiler)[ SO THE DOG DIES. And in like the last thirty pages! Not to mention, I felt like Sam and her family were kind of awful dog owners. They kept leaving Tito outside unattended, like Sam leaving him tied outside during a party. (hide spoiler)]There was good stuff, though. The writing is good, Sam has a strong voice, there’s a fair amount of snarky dialogue/inner monologue. The disability rep isn’t to be ignored, though I can’t speak for it.The blurb compares this book to All the Bright Places, which I completely agree with, especially in terms of the romance. I would also compare this book to Letters to the Lost, which I actually liked a lot better than both of those books.Overall, I had very mixed feelings on this one. It’s an engaging read, but with so many of the subplots falling flat, this wouldn’t be a contemporary I’d be likely to recommend.

  • Zainab Shah
    2019-03-29 06:58

    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!

  • Bee {Quite the Novel Idea}
    2019-04-11 03:45

    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.

  • April
    2019-04-09 08:45

    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 have a quirky relationship budding while also delving into topics of drug abuse, depression, pain, death, closure and the painful truth of what happened the day of the accident when Sam's mom died. This reads fairly quickly with lots of whimsical dialog that doesn't dip into purple prose and a little mystery around the death of Sam's mother.Anything you didn’t like about it? The therapist parts are a bit slow but this seems intentional. It was also a shame that Sam's former Lacrosse team friends weren't more developed. Really; Eliot and Sam are the only two who get much in the way of personal growth arcs; even Sam's family is pretty surface-level one-dimensional. The story also comes to a rather neat wrap-up that isn't necessarily realistic but leaves you feeling good.To whom would you recommend this book? (Read-alikes if you can think of them) Fans of books like "All the bright places " will enjoy the level of quirky humor mixed with serious topics.FTC Disclosure: The Publisher provided me with a copy of this book to provide an honest review. No goody bags, sponsorship, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • Sam Kozbial
    2019-04-25 09:55

    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 the ability to walk without assistance, which meant, she lost her ability to be part of the lacrosse team and her place in that social circle. Essentially, Sam was lost. My heart went out to her, and I was rooting for her to have a breakthrough the entire book."I'm losing him, just like I lost Mom, my mobility, my friends, my sport. I'm going to lose everyone who defines me and everything that makes me special until I dissolve into nothingness."This book was about feeling and not feeling. Sam was plagued by chronic physical pain, but as she physically ached, she felt nothing emotionally. Until Eliot. I have so many thoughts on this part of the story. I loved all the connections Tims made between physical and emotional pain, and all the different ways that people deal with this pain. I was most struck, though, with the idea of someone who could not feel physical pain being the one, who helped someone else feel again."But 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."I was so enthralled by Eliot. He was beyond socially awkward, self-destructive, and fairly abrasive, but I was so drawn to his character. Maybe it was his obsession with the Meyers-Briggs types or his brutal honesty, but he was so interesting. And once he discovered there was more to him than he thought, there was some really special parts of him that shined through."I can't figure out if I like him or not. If I do, that's concerning."There is a little mystery. Sam is unable to remember the accident, but as time passes, she begins to remember snippets here and there. Tims placed these puzzle pieces so thoughtfully throughout the story, and it was sort of shocking when we learned the truth.This was a book that did not depict grief in a one-size-fits-all way. I loved that Tims showed how each member of Sam's family was handling her mother's death. Their approach to grief was so varied, and to me, that was very real. We don't all grieve in the same way. Some numb their feelings with drugs and alcohol. Some run away from it, and call it "moving on". Some try to stuff the pain down with food. Others have a major depressive episode. The people in this book were quite broken, and it was watching them trying to combat the pain that was so special for me. They had setbacks, but I kept having hope for them."Grief is a tapeworm chewing holes in the brain, making it so you don't remember things.."Although there is a lot of sad and heavy stuff in this book, there is a lot of humor and happiness too. Tims delivered what I always need when I read a book like this. She balanced out the sad with the happy. I cried, but I also laughed, and that is what I need as a reader.I enjoyed this book immensely! It made me feel way too much and I couldn't have asked for more. Great story, great characters, and enough closure in the ending that I was truly satisfied. I totally hugged this book. **I would like to thank the publisher for the advanced copy of this book. Quotes are from an ARC and may change upon publication. BLOG|INSTAGRAM|BLOGLOVIN| FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    2019-04-06 07:43

    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!

  • Nara
    2019-04-17 09:49

    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 see how it is portrayed in fiction.Main character Sam has been in pain ever since she was involved in a car accident that killed her mother. Both physical pain with her leg being injured, and obviously the emotional burden and guilt that her mother's death has left her with, Sam also suffers from some PTSD like symptoms. Within the first few chapters of the book, Sam gets to know Eliot, a student who recently transferred to her school, and discovers he has a condition where he is unable to feel pain.The character development is excellent. I really liked Eliot and Sam's friendship and how it slowly builds from them being strangers all the way up to a romantic relationship. Their banter is frankly hilarious, and I loved how the pair would interact with others in the novel, such as Eliot's brother, and Sam's father. For such a character focused novel, the pace is very fast. I actually really liked how things moved forward quickly, and while I found some aspects of the plot a little unrealistic, I thought the story overall was well thought out.Overall, The Art of Feeling was an excellent novel that was surprisingly humorous and unexpectedly punched me in the feels. I would recommend it to those looking for a great contemporary read.RatingsOverall: 9/10Plot: 5/5Romance: 4.5/5Writing: 5/5Characters: 4.5/5Cover: 2/5

  • Maude VM
    2019-04-24 08:50

    4⭐️ J'ai choisi ce livre sans en avoir entendu parler et sans avoir lu les reviews. Sans avoir nécessairement d'attentes, j'ai été agréablement suprise par ce livre, qui combine un côté médical à celui du deuil et à celui des classics contemporary :)J'ai vraiment aimé le sujet du livre, c'était super inusité. Les personnages sont attachants et bien décrits! Pendant un moment j'ai eu peur que la fin me déçoive, mais finalement, j'ai bien aimé comment l'histoire s'est finie!À recommander!

  • Heather Hughes
    2019-03-26 03:49

    I received an ARC from HarperTeen in exchange for an honest review.(3.5) starsWhen I read the summary, I immediately thought that Eliot didn’t feel pain because he took some kind of medication that numbs everything. Then, I told my mom about my current read and she told me about his medical condition, which I should have remembered from the summary. My interest piqued. Samantha has lost her mother and, since then, she has been left with a leg injury and no friends and no family. She is in total isolation until she saves Eliot from being beaten up, finding out in the process that he can’t feel any pain whatsoever. This book was kind of a whirlwind and it was both bad and good. Reasons below:The GoodI liked Samantha’s character building. She is so let down and alone after losing her mother. She used to be best friends with her brother but now all he wants to do is get high and lay around. Her dad is a recluse and her lacrosse team has isolated her because she has done so in return because of her grief. However, from meeting Eliot, she starts to slowly come out of her shell and even remember who caused the accident. She learns a lot from Eliot and I think that’s because he is so freaking smart, though there were parts that I didn’t like (more about that later). Samantha was a character that you can resonate with because she is grieving over losing her mom. If we lost a parent, we’d feel that we lost so much time from not saying certain things or we missed out doing something to get closer. Nobody wants to lose a parent and, to imagine that and be in Samantha’s shoes, is very troubling because it’s something that can happen in real life. But, her growth in this book isn’t finished. When I say that, I mean that the ending is the beginning. I highly doubt there will be a sequel, but we can envision that Samantha’s future is going to be good and happy. That’s what I really enjoyed from the novel and, even though she is fictional, the ending made me proud and hopeful of Samantha.The BadThere were some parts in the book that were kind of slow and some details didn’t really need to be in there because it just looked crowded. That’s not my biggest issue, though. I wasn’t a fan of Eliot’s character. Yes, I’m glad he played a major part in Samantha’s growth. However, his character alone was way too obnoxious for my liking. I expected his character to be someone that can’t feel pain. That’s it. I expected laughter, the good kind of tension, a connection with Samantha, and everything else we normally see hidden beneath a male character’s unique personality trait. I didn’t get any of that. He boasted his smarts and always had to prove that he was right about everything. He didn’t fully understand Samantha’s grief and pain, which I guess is because he has never really felt that. He doesn’t smile or laugh much. Everything, to him, is logical. It has to be. Also, I’m wondering if he is either asexual or demisexual. There are some scenes where it seems like he can be either/or, leaning more toward demisexual, I suppose. If he is, great. Maybe I don’t know much about his medical condition, but from what I researched, CIPA isn’t meant to extend to EMOTIONAL pain. It’s purely physical, so I think maybe Laura took it too far by portraying him as someone that seemed bland and completely numb in the emotional field. You, as a reader, may have gathered something different from Eliot. You might enjoy his character. For me, that’s the vibe I got from reading this book.I still give this book 3.5 stars because of Samantha and her entire character outline. I really liked her and, fictionally speaking, I wish her the best.

  • Amy
    2019-04-14 08:57

    After a car accident that leaves her experiencing nearly constant pain (both physical and emotional), Sam wishes she could feel nothing. When she meets Eliot, she feels an immediate connection, although she isn't sure why. Eliot needs no one, whereas Sam does, even if she wishes she didn't.The two form a tentative, somewhat unsteady friendship borne of Sam's need to help Eliot. She makes herself his unlikely protector, something Eliot neither seeks nor wants. She thinks she can help him not get hurt, but what she doesn't realize is that Eliot feels no pain. Thanks to a rare medical condition, he does not know what it's like to be in physical pain.As for emotional pain, Eliot simply does not allow himself to experience emotions, aside from a burning need to piss off the world. He loves irritating his older brother, and he really REALLY loves antagonizing his peers.So what's it like when a girl who suffers near constant physical pain meets a guy who can't? Well, Laura Tims might surprise you with that one. It may look like Sam and Eliot are headed for a romance, but that would minimize what undergo and endure. Eliot is not going to have a sudden epiphany that he can Feel. That would be an injustice to who he is as a character. And Sam won't suddenly open her heart to someone when doing so makes her vulnerable.There is great humor in this book, despite its somewhat sad foundation. Eliot can't relate to most people around him (largely because doing so is a waste of time for him), so some of the things he says will make you laugh out loud. Sam's older brother Rex also has some hilarious lines. Yet Tims does not disrespect her characters by making their lives a comedy routine. She uses humor to leaven the pervasive sadness and frustration.A couple of things that I didn't like so much: when Sam remembers what happened in the accident that left her injured and killed her mother, I thought Tims veered a little too close to soap opera territory, and when a character's substance abuse seems quite quickly dispensed with, it didn't ring true.This is a solid YA book with characters you will root for. I do recommend having a tissue or two handy, though. You might need them.

  • Kate Stericker
    2019-04-19 04:53

    I went into this book expecting a cute romance and was pleasantly surprised to find a much more complex and rewarding story than I'd anticipated. I was impressed with how Tims wove together so many storylines dealing with heavy themes like the process of dealing with chronic pain, the effects of grief on a family, and the difficulty of finding a compatible therapist, while still keeping the narrative fun and easy to follow. (Additionally, it was great to see representation of (arguably) autism and (less arguably) asexuality in the character of Eliot, both of which are incredibly rare in YA fiction.) The ending caught me off guard because I hadn't thought the book was headed towards a twist, but it turned out to have been expertly foreshadowed and the implications played out in satisfying ways. It's unfortunate that The Art of Feeling didn't make more of a splash on the 2017 literary scene, because it's definitely deserving of attention and praise.

  • Marjolein
    2019-04-16 04:49

    First of all... I'm not a big fan of contemporary YA, so at first I was a bit reserved about how this book would unfold. I do have pretty much constant pain though, and I walk with a crutch, so I did really want to read this book to see what Laura Tims would make of it, and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved Sam and I recognized so much (also just throw away remarks she makes or thinks) in what she does and thinks that that already made the entire book for me. I really like Eliot and his view on life as well, and I loved how it made me think about what pain or the absence of pain means in life. I would definitely recommend this book!

  • Pam (YA Escape)
    2019-04-13 06:33

    I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I thought I was going to love Eliot, and I just didn't. I don't know anything about his disease, but I wasn't expecting him to be the way he was emotionally (so logical, not showing emotion, etc.) and I thought the book could have explored more about that. And the whole Anthony storyline seemed way over the top, especially when we find out he set the whole thing in motion that led to the car accident. What??? And then the dog dies? What??? I was just expecting more swoon, more feel good, even with the premise but instead it was pretty sad, even though it ended on a hopeful note.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-08 07:52

    4.5 starsThis was brutal. And also beautiful.And kind of brilliant.It wasn't perfect. I mean, Eliot had his issues (he's basically Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory) and Sam did, too, and don't even get me started on Anthony. Plus, Sam's family was a mess, and I had a hard time with some of the decisions she made. But I'm willing to overlook those things because underneath the surface, much like Eliot and Sam, this book worked for me in a way fewer and fewer books do these days.

  • Ginger at
    2019-04-18 06:00

    I really liked the character's voices in this novel, particularly that of Eliot -- the boy who can't feel any physical pain, & Rex -- the brother who numbs his pain with pills. Though the storyline has been done a time or two, this variation gave a fresh new look with interesting characters.

  • Lucy (That Book Gal)
    2019-04-18 04:31

    4.5 stars. Review to come.

  • Caitlin Christensen
    2019-04-16 08:35

    review to come 5 stars

  • Lindsey
    2019-04-05 07:33

    4.5 stars

  • Luke Reynolds
    2019-04-08 08:56

    Whoa. I DNFed two books in one day. THIS IS A NEW RECORD.Let’s get serious, though. There were several things about this that I didn’t like. For starters, Tims’ writing is very average. I don’t find it interesting or gripping like other contemporary authors (speaking of contemporary, this is an interesting pivot after her debut was a thriller; granted, this is as dark as her thriller and is trying really hard to be #edgy). She tends to make her characters all sound disconnected yet pretentious and she repeats her symbols a lot. In this book, it’s all about glass. It’s associated because of the hit-and-run she was in with her mom (who passed away), but every page there seems to be a mention of “glass sparkling on the pavement” or Sam “surviving a firestorm of glass” or “broken glass glittering like diamonds” or something about how Eliot AKA love interest is “breakable like something beautiful made of glass.” It makes me think of George Glass:But it also makes me want to scream. I GET IT, LAURA TIMS! SAM REALLY LIKES ASSOCIATING THINGS WITH GLASS!I’m also put off by Eliot’s character. He’s already been used as a punching bag twice in the three chapters and 44 pages I read, and if that’s just to show off his CIPA, I don’t find that very effective. It’s all these outlandish things. Maybe a smaller incident will happen later. Too bad I’m checking out now.And is there a reason why he isn’t perceptive at points and can be a jerk? I don’t think CIPA would cut off his ability to empathize with others, but he seems like the stereotypical YA bad boy with a heart of gold who’s the outcast but understands our protagonist even though he’s so snarky in an unlikable way.Also, Sam thinks Eliot not having to feel pain is a blessing. HONEY, YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES ARE OF CIPA. I guess she’ll learn later.Last but not least, there are these lines.“I know the Myers-Briggs type of every person in this school." (that seems highly implausible; secondly, who talks about this in everyday life?)“You just said a girl the same age as me, your sister, was hot. That’s basically incest.”“Girls your age shouldn’t have giant tits. That’s her fault.” (I don’t think I need to explain this one)“I thought I was titless.”“Some guys are into that.”“Up close, [Eliot]’s startling; his high cheekbones, hair so dark it’s almost blue, the smirk that makes it impossible to tell if he’s being serious. He seems even less human with the mottled bruise on his vampire-pale cheek. Next to me, he’s probably even more exotic. I look like a twelve-year-old boy with baby cheeks, and my short hair is the kind of brown that you can’t compare to chocolate or coffee because it’s not the shade of something delicious.”Let’s not forget the moments where Sam refers to Eliot as a lunatic and wondering what’s wrong with him before finding out his diagnosis. Nice. Great insinuations.If you’re looking for a fast-paced and moody contemporary, I guess you could read this. But this is not making me want to touch any more of Tims’ stuff.Before Reading:I really, really want to read this as an ARC (although my local bookstore didn't have it in the Harper box for the spring/summer slate :,(). The Niven comparison has me concerned (then again, it should concern everyone who despised All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe, even though I was on the verge of maybe liking the former and don't care to even read the latter), and Tims' debut had a strong first chapter but just looked stereotypical (it was a DNF for me). However, CIP (congenital insensitivity to pain) has been done a couple of times in what I've seen. It was in The Way We Bared Our Souls (a female character who was Native American had it; the novel ended up being okay), and, most notably, a character from the BL visual novel DRAMAtical Murder has it as well (although it also comes with anhidrosis, so CIPA). He happens to be one of my favorite characters.I love Noiz ^_^. He needs all the hugs and love he can get.Thank you, Aoba.Even if the main male character doesn't have blonde hair, he will be Noiz in my head.Crossing my fingers in the hopes of this novel being good.

  • Analee (Book Snacks)
    2019-04-16 08:55

    ALL THE FREAKING STARS, PLEASE THANKS.THIS MADE ME FREAKING CRY ?!?!!? i just completely fell in love with the characters (ELIOT) and my heart hurt so, so much for these beautiful fictional humans. It's actually kind of insane how much I fell in love with these characters before even completing the 300 or so pages ??? Especially because I can read books, series even with over 400 pages and I still won't connect to the characters BUT THIS. Amazing amazing amazing I love these characters all so freaking much 😭❤️❤️❤️❤️SO. FREAKING. MUCH. - Character driven books are so beautiful, and this one also had a plot going on, you know? Or a semblance of one? It felt like characters getting through life but there was PLOT. There was tension, and a direction which I appreciated. Like that whole drug thing and sam's mom dying and who killed her and STUFF HAPPENS, DUDE. - ELIOTTTTTTTT!!!!!!! ( I headcanon him as asexual? It's never stated but I'm really convinced he is. Just a side note? ) He was so freaking amazing and I love him so muchhhhh. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ He has a disorder that prevents him from feeling pain and has some self destructive tendencies and very few people who care about him and I just ?!?!!!!! Fell in love with him and I legit started crying for him and I seriously love him SO FREAKING MUCH. This book is so amazing in so many ways but I would 100% recommend this book for Eliot, no joke.- I did love the other characters as well though!! I love Sam so much and I could totally see myself in her as well (I think we have the same Myer Briggs personality type?) and LIKE YES. I rooted for her so, so much and loved her voice and I loved her family and Tito!! Was the best and their family was far from normal but they loved each other so much and are grieving and ahhhhh such amazing characters!!!!!!read this pleeeeeeeease and tell me about it because it's amazing and I low-key want to reread it <3 <3 <3

  • Caitie
    2019-04-23 07:30

    This looked interesting, but I had a hard time actually caring about any of the characters. Samantha seemed annoying and immature. I just don't get why characters with problems and who see a therapist aren't actually honest with said them! It annoys the heck out of me. Be honest! They don't feel the need to be honest and feel like they can help themselves, which never works out.....this is the case in this book. Oh well, at least I tried.

  • Vianey [CryztalHeavenlyBookz]
    2019-04-14 11:48

    Rating 3.0This was a good book👍🏼 It just felt to rush. Beside all of that Ierned more about some illnesses that I never heard about. :) ✨✨✨

  • Anika
    2019-04-21 03:48

    Interesting concept - however, the writing is quite cliché.

  • Jillian
    2019-03-27 10:43

    Definitely a unique idea and interesting concept. In practice, this one just wasn't for me. I didn't like Eliot, which impacted my enjoyment of the book in general. Also, the antagonistic character went beyond typical high school bullying and ended up causing an event that I found extremely upsetting and somewhat gratuitous. (view spoiler)[Why feature a dog on the cover when you end up killing off the dog? I found it depressing and unnecessary after everything else the family had been through. For me, that was the point where I realized I just wasn't going to get any happy feelings from this particular book.(hide spoiler)]