Ethan, Who Loved Carterby Ryan Loveless Published 17 Sep 2012
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By twenty-four, Carter Stevenson has stuttered and ticced his way to debilitating shyness. Although his friends accuse him of letting his Tourette's dictate his life, Carter moves from Los Angeles to a quiet California town. He'll keep his head down and avoid people. He doesn't anticipate his new neighbor, Ethan Hart, crashing into his solitude and forcing him to get out and live.
From the beginning, Ethan makes his love for Carter clear. But he fears Carter won't see past Ethan's damaged brain, even though it makes Ethan more attuned to his emotions than most people. For Carter, there's a bigger issue: he's been burned by so-called "perfect" matches, and he won't risk his heart again.
One way or another, Ethan's determined to show Carter they belong together. Then Ethan receives tragic news. Suddenly he must turn to Carter for strength and support. Will Carter come through when Ethan needs him most?
"Ethan, Who Loved Carter" Reviews
"Ethan, Who Loved Carter" has me feeling all mixed up. I have split personalities on this one.
Half of me thinks that this couple is adorable. I recognize that everyone deserves love, everyone deserves to be appreciated. Ethan is a sweet, sweet character, and I love that Carter loves him for what he is and what he has to offer. Ethan has overcome so much and has such a good heart that it brought me to tears at times. And don't even get me started on Carter. I loved reading about a character with Tourette's and it broke my heart when people were mean to him. He also deserved to find that special someone who saw past his tics and to the man inside. I have a special affinity for characters overcoming obstacles and disabilities and this book fell right in that category.
My other half? I was often very uncomfortable with the idea of anyone in a mature relationship with Ethan. When he said things like "my penis made semen," he reminded me of a young child or someone with a very young mental age. I would literally cringe reading these things. What really got me was that I often felt like Carter was a caretaker or parent figure because of the mental age disparity. It was a big divide. I honestly don't see how a relationship could work long-term with such a big mental gap between the two of them. It reminded me a lot of Muscling Through, but even more pronounced because Ethan couldn't even live on his own or be wholly independent. It bordered on feeling inappropriate to me. It was a mental struggle for me at times.
Overall, I'm giving this book 4 stars. It was very romantic and loving and sweet so, in the end, my gushy side won me over. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as I had anticipated because of the mental gap between Ethan and Carter. I know my opinion may not be popular, though.
I am hopelessly in love with Ethan and Carter. I want to eat them both with a spoon. The cover, title and blurb sucked me in so fast, right there in the sweet spot....as for the words under the cover:
I think the author did a good job in balancing the mental age and physical age for Ethan. I was concerned, especially when I first met Ethan. Then I wasn't. I got to see an adult who needed extra guidance and push when it came to common sense every day things. When it came to people, relationships, Ethan was all that and a bag of chips.
Then we have Carter. He has his own life baggage and just needs so bad to be loved and cherished.
Ethan and Carter, compliment each other really well in this story. Add to it a great secondary cast of characters that do a great job of support and bring validity to the message of this story.
For those that know me, know this, I cried. More than once. Enough said.
I think I will go re-read it;)
This is a very difficult book to review.
I loved this book, but I was deeply uncomfortable about some aspects of it. Yes, Ethan is an adult male with adult male sexual urges. And no, we shouldn't treat people with acquired brain injuries like they are children, but having said that Ethan felt like a child. His speech, his mannerisms, his thoughts. He had a child's single-mindedness in wanting to be with Carter, which was lovely, but there is such a power imbalance in this relationship that I really don't know what to think of it.
I loved that Ethan's parents and friends were so accepting of Carter, but I think that in their place I'd be more protective of Ethan. I just wasn't sure that Ethan was ready, or ever would be ready, for an adult relationship. And I don't mean sex. Ethan had that figured out. I mean a relationship, where both parties are equal partners.
I loved that Carter and Ethan connected over music, and maybe I needed to see some more of that so that I wasn't just constantly worrying about the disparity between them. It's two days since I finished this, and I'm still really conflicted.
So, read this. The writing is wonderful, the two MCs are beautiful, and there is a HFN that I think I am possibly too cynical to believe can be an HEA.
Sidenote: I know a man with an acquired brain injury, and he has the same difficulties hinted at with Ethan, i.e. inappropriate behaviour in public. By that, I mean he takes his pants off a lot and shows himself off. And I know him, because I work at a police station, and he ends up there a lot. And the only way to deal with him is to speak with him the same way I used to speak to my nephew when he was two or three. "You need to keep your pants on in public, mate, okay?" And he is a lovely guy, with a wonderfully happy personality (except for the occasional temper bursts that come out of nowhere), and I kept thinking of him while reading this book. He's an adult, but without an adult's ability to reason, or to understand nuance, or to remember how to behave. And that's why I'm so conflicted about Ethan.
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.
GOD… what to say about this book? I've been sitting at the keyboard for almost thirty minutes now trying to start. It was really just so wonderful. I started this book knowing only that it was about two men, one with Tourette's and one with a Traumatic Brain Injury. I liked discovering the story on my own, so the blurb suffices as a summary in this case.
The beauty of this story is that Ethan takes everyone around him on a journey, on that includes Carter and the reader by proxy, to see the world around them in a different way. The music he sees is a metaphor for the different way he relates to the world, even though to him it is real. He sees the world in absolutes, which cuts through the muck and shades of grey that inhabit everyone else's life. He's so perceptive that way -- he likes Carter because he makes music (his tics) and because he's cute and he makes Ethan's penis hard. For someone like Carter, who is continually drawn into the mire of his own mind, the self-deprecation and embarrassment of his own condition, Ethan's perceptive mind and stark personality continually help to bring him out of his shell and into the world he tries to hide away from. They are two of the most special characters and they really came across the page in a very strong way. This story almost seemed private, and I felt like reading it was a gift.
The other part of the beauty of this story is that it really forced me to consider how I feel about the differences and level of perception among those with injuries and disabilities. It forced me to be 100% honest of my own feelings about Ethan and I felt like I was rather protective of him in my own mind. I didn't want to hear that he has casual sex with men at first. It took some real thinking and consideration on my part to understand why that was. Part of it is because until I was probably halfway through the book I wasn't sure that I considered Ethan capable of making those decisions, until I realized that that way of thinking was wrong. Part of that reason is personal. I have an autistic cousin with a host of other brain conditions, who about 10 years ago was abducted from a local mall, taken to the woods, and raped before being brought back and dropped off as if nothing had happened. It was hard for me not to lump Ethan's character with her, because they both had some kind of disability that any type of sexual relation was rape. It actually helped me realize that I still had a lot of pent up feelings about that incident that I hadn't dealt with, and that there is a real difference -- not only in the fact that one was a rape and in this case most definitely not, but that their conditions had very little in common.
That is what I think Ryan Loveless did so incredibly well in this book, and I really hope that other readers feel the same. We get to know Ethan from his own POV, and to see that not only does he have more cognitive ability than most give him credit for, but also that he has something important to teach the people around him. That really touched me. I cried a lot while reading. A lot of it was me working through my own issues and the finding that I was looking at Ethan completely wrong. The rest was that this was the kind of book that I cried and then felt so much better afterwards -- the story was beautiful and cleansing for me because of the loving community that surrounds him.
I think… I think that's all I'm going to say about it, except for this. I think everyone should read this. No matter what you think of the writing, of craft -- I dare you not to fall in love with Ethan and Carter and think that this story is incredibly special.
Ugh, I read this before I started writing *actual* reviews, but this book was really, REALLY good and highly-recommended.
Ethan, with the penis, that makes semen. But his momma said not to talk about that to strangers.
God, there were some really funny moments to be had here.
READ IT. : )
This is just the best. Sweet, sad, and then sweet again. I'm not going to describe the plot as that's been done. Just trust me and give this a try. I really love Ethan and Carter.