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Dear Aaron

Written by: Mariana Zapata
Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Romance, Military
4.5 out of 5 stars (41 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Some days, all you need is a message from a stranger. 

Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas. The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional. 

Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect. 

What she didn't count on was falling in love with the guy.

©2017 Mariana Zapata (P)2017 Mariana Zapata

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Going around in circle..

The story could have been good if it had been shorter. You could think that the author had a homework to write and were looking for ways to say the same things again and again using different words. The narrators were good. Not enough of Teddy Hamilton though ;) I'm getting my credit back.

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Disappointing

I was so disappointed with this book. It started off sooo great, with this unique back and forth letters dynamic that really got me excited for the main characters to maybe meet in person. such a great hommage to online love. But then the narration switched, and it became first person in the main girl Ruby's perspective, and it became so unbearable. The inside of Ruby's head is just so cringey and awkward, it ruined the story for me. Then we have Aaron, a totally unrealistic caricature of a human being who sounds more like a teenage girls wet dream then a real boy. This man has no flaws, nothing that makes him remotedly interesting. Attractive, rich, and a good guy? man, at least make him a little less muscular, of give him glasses or something, make him have a crippling fear, or a weird quirk, anything really. By the end of the book, the whole story just turns into this weird fanfic that i was not ready for. Moreover, the war/being a soldier aspect was not at all explored beside a brief mention of two stranger soldiers dying. Overall, it was a book that started out so strong, had so much potential, and then a teenage fanfic writer took over. If you like cringey and cheesy stories and dream of a perfect unrealistic man, maybe this is for you. Great narration though.

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My face hurts from smiling

I loved this book in print and bought the audio version to listen to on my daily commute. My face hurt from smiling so much. I love it even more in audio.

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Really Good

I enjoyed the idea of two narrators for the main characters, I do wish the book hadn't ended like it did; I felt that the books ending wasn't satisfying enough. #Audible1

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Really enjoyed this book as it kept me throughly entertained and intrigued the entire time. Would’ve liked if Aaron’s voice was the male voice though when they were together as that threw me off a bit.

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  • 2017-11-15

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I love everything Ms. Zapata writes, so her books are always a ‘yes please’ for me. Her characters are unique, and her stories run deep. I find myself laughing out loud. I listen to her stories compulsively, staying up late and taking the dog on extra walks!

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  • Anne-Marie Mogensen
  • 2017-11-21

Two thumbs up 👍👍

I already loved this book, however, the way it was brought to live by the narrators made that love enter a new dimension.

Their voices became Ruby and Aaron and they fit the personalities of the characters to a T.

Two thumbs up to Mariana Zapata, Callie Dalton and Ted Hamilton for a job well done.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice B
  • 2017-11-21

Wonderful premise

Narrators were perfect for this very believable story
Mariana did it again!

JB Naples FL

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  • Janeen Butcher
  • 2018-06-01

Mixed feelings

I loved the narrators but this is where good or even great narrators can't help a book that I struggled to get through. Everyone raved about this book but apparently, I'm in the minority because I couldn't stomach it. This book is mainly told through email/letters and then later told through texts. For me, it was kind of awkward. It lagged in places where it should have sped up and in places where it should have lagged it sped right through to almost an ADHD pace. I couldn't wrap my mind around the fact that the author who wrote The Wall of Winnipeg and Me - wrote this book. It almost seemed unbelievable! I loved that book and I guess my bar was set really high, so for this to be so different just made me sad. I love Teddy Hamilton and he really was the saving grace on this. I don't think I want to keep this because it was that bad for me. I will still keep my copy of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me though because that will always be my fave.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-12-07

Really Good

The only thing I didn’t like was that the first few hours of the book you listen to two different voices. One male, one female. Then the story transitions (without giving anything away) and the girl does both the male and female voice. I really enjoyed having the male character with a male voice, not the female trying to be male. Especially once you get used to the male characters voice.

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  • Suzanne
  • 2018-09-06

If I Could Give this Zero Stars I would

This is a great book - if your a 10 year old.

Actually, I think that when I was 10, I would still think it was excruciating. There were so many elements that went in to making this book excruciating but to save you the long read, I'll mention only my top three.

1. The Crybaby

The number one most painful issue I had was the main character "Ruby". We have to like our lead right? No such luck here. Unless you like a grown woman crying like a baby at the bus stop cause she thinks her friend isn't meeting her. "Ruby" was the constantly whiny, wimpy, self pitying, self-loathing. I think I counted about 1 zillion times she said "sorry". "Sorry, I shouldn't have said that. Sorry, you might not want to answer that". "Sorry Aaron, I'm such a looser". "Sorry Aaron, I'm such an idiot". "Sorry Aaron, why am I so stupid". "Why, why, why do I do this all the time! I'm such an idiot". "This always happens to me, why don't I never learn!!". And can you guess what Aaron's says back to her in response? You guessed it "You're not stupid" OVER AND OVER AND OVER again! In real life he would have said, "Forget this chick, she got a problem". I mean, I've never been painfully embarrassed by the lack of confidence and self loathing for a fictional character before, but if she were my friend I would sit her down and seriously tell her to seek professional help. And if that didn't work, I'd end the friendship. I mean who needs a woman constantly talking about what a looser she is in almost EVERY sentence?

2. Beyond Repetitious.

Spoiler - (I'll try to not give everything away) (but then again, I would STRONGLY recommend you not buy this so I'll be doing you a favour)

In the middle of the book, Aaron asks Ruby to meet live in person, and yes, we were all waiting for that moment and saw it coming, so you can imagine my irritation when the entire chapter, and I not exaggerating here, has her saying "What??!!! Noooo what if you don't like me?", "What? Noooo...why?", "What nooo, I can't, I just can't" And Aaron repeating the same answers. An ENTIRE CHAPTER!

I was on vacation taking an 8 hour train trip when listening to this chapter and it so repetitive, I decided to amuse myself by seeing if I could have a chat with a fellow traveller and and still make no progress on Ruby and Aarons conversation. And guess what? An hour later after, having the volume very low in the background I turned it up to hear the exact same conversation! Ugh! " Noooo, Aaron, but why should I come???" I wanted to much myself in the face!

3. The Change In Narrative (which I usually like, but it soooo didn't work here)

The only reason why I continued listening to this book was because even though it started out slow, it was somewhat entertaining and did keep my attention. It began with letters and emails back and forth and the readers did a fantastic job with their acting and had wonderful voices. I'm sure they wanted to cringe with the challenge of reading such a poorly written book but they did their best with the worst material they probably ever had. And as soon as the narrative style switched half way to another point of view, dropping the letters, to Rubys POV, it went down hill. And fast.

Ok, I know I said 3, but I'll add one more issue that went into making this an excruciating read.

4. What's So Freaking Funny?

Ruby is supposed to be HILARIOUS! Aaron constantly comments on how much she makes him laugh but she says NOTHING funny. The writer continuously mentions how Aaron purses his lips and tries to hold back fits of laughter and I'm like - "but there isn't even a joke here. I don't get it." I even rewound a couple of times to see if I missed the joke. But there wasn't a joke or even a quirky funniness to her character. Nutin' ya'll.

So there you have it.

Yesterday, whilst walking down the street and listening to this book I noticed my eye rolls occurred every 5 minutes - the book was actually getting worse, so I threw in the towel and gave up. No one can say I didn't try.

Honestly, how do books like this get published? Didn't this writer have an editor? What a painfully horrible novel.

Don't waste your money friends.

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  • TJ
  • 2017-11-13

5 ++++ stars

OK, I really love everything by Mariana Zapata! it's always a bonus then to listen to Callie Dalton read it to me. I loved the slow burn love story (I am totally a sucker for military men) and the narrators, both Callie and Teddy Hamilton performed beautifully. I highly recommend these narrators and of course anything by Mariana Zapata. I am a full on book junkie and read hundreds of books a year. This author is one of my faves! Great story, great performance!

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  • Kagomaru
  • 2018-11-13

Interesting

I was surprised by how much I liked this book considering the format was mostly dialog. It was well written, thoughtful, funny, and delightful.
#Heartwarming #favorite author #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Kelly L. Green
  • 2017-11-15

Dear Aaron

Loved the book until the end it threw me off. Mariana usually gives a brief statement of what happened to the characters to get them to this end. So only the end I am not happy with. I would have loved to see her family's reaction to Aaron and if Aaron really did hit Hunter for what he did to Ruby.

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  • mary connolly
  • 2017-11-08

Laugh, Cry Enjoy!!

Loved this book when I read it and loved it even more listening to it. Both Callie and Teddy were awesome as narrators. Brought the story even more to life. Thanks Mariana for this beautiful gift. Couldn’t stop listening, laughed, cried and cheered.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-10

Love love love

I couldn't wait for this audible to come out and I wasn't disappointed! I love Callie Dalton, didn't know as much abt Teddy. I was excited to see how this was going to sound and flow because of the format. Gotta say it sounds great! Only part is I wish there was a little more Teddy in this. Such as, if he could have read some of Aaron's dialogue that would have been perfection to me also even if he would have read some of the back and forth abt Ruby's virginity as well, but Callie always handles everything well.Over all I love it I am a Mariana Zapata fan, she's the only author I follow. Also Callie Dalton always one of my favs now Teddy! Great job guys! Well worth the wait! I will be re-reading and listening! If you want a great story funny slow burn this is perfect for you! Mariana is alway A one click buy so glad Callie is her go to!! BUY THIS BOOK AND AUDIBLE

4 of 5 people found this review helpful