Eighteen-year-old Benjamin Nefer seems to have it all: great looks, incredible football skills, and smooth moves that have won—and broken—the hearts of countless girls at his high school. But his hellish home life has left him feeling empty inside, unable to experience real feelings. He thinks he’s fine being this way forever…until he meets a beautiful and witty seventeen-year-old girl named Charlotte “Charlie” Austin. She may be new in town, but she’s already been warned about Benjamin’s reputation, so it’s easy for her to shoot down his advances. Like him, she’s happier keeping people at a distance, especially since she, too, has secrets she’s not ready to share with anyone. But as the tentative friendship between the charismatic football captain and the new girl grows, Charlie finds herself feeling closer to Benjamin than she’s ever felt with anyone—and he wonders if he’s really capable of loving after all. Can they drop their guard, or is this so-called romance just another game?
Let me start this review off by saying that I absolutely loved everything about this book from start to finish. The story, the characters, the flow of the book—for me it all worked together so well.
The two main characters, Benjamin and Charlie, have both had very difficult lives growing up. They both have secrets that they want to keep from becoming public knowledge. But as their friendship grows, it becomes more difficult for them to keep their secrets from one another.
I never knew quite where the story was going to end up, which I loved. Too often I find things to be predictable, and this book was anything but predictable. The End of Feeling not only accurately portrays what the high school experience is like for some, but also shows what it’s like trying to keep up appearances and pretend that everything is just fine when it isn’t.
I give this book 5/5 stars.