Title:Carry the Ocean (The Roosevelt #1)
Author: Heidi Cullinan and Iggy Toma (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 29th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Normal is just a setting on the dryer.
High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he’s autistic.
But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.
As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.
Warning: Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positive representations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues.
I was really impressed with Iggy Toma’s performance. I thought he did a good job portraying Emmet’s (“almost robotic”) and Jeremey’s (sometimes anxious) particular tones of voice.
Emmet David Washington is nineteen, a genius, a sophomore at Iowa State University studying computer science and applied physics, is good with computers and anything to do with math, loves puzzles and The Blues Brothers, is gay, and has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It’s not even close to the most important thing about him. He functions well (most of the time) and has tons of help and support from his wonderful family.
Frankly, I’m awesome, and anybody who doesn’t agree should get out of my way.
Jeremey Samson is eighteen, just graduated from high school, and suffers (and he does suffer) from major depressive disorder and clinical anxiety, having major panic attacks when overwhelmed in public, and does not have the support of a wonderful family. His mother and father are, in my opinion, terrible people who constantly try to bully and shove Jeremey into a cookie cutter image of what a “normal” kid should be.
“No one is normal. Normal is a lie.”
I loved the audio. Sure, it’s definitely an extension of the love I feel for this story (which topped my faves of 2015 and remains one of my favorites of all time), but I think even if you hadn’t read the story and only listened this still completely works.
I was a little worried because there is a lot of texting in the story, but Toma handles it all organically and brilliantly.
This is a terrific love story about finding acceptance in (sometimes) the most unlikely places. I love this story even more with the narration.
If you were on the fence about it? Don’t be! Absolutely recommended!