The Counting Downers
by A.J. Compton
published July 24, 2015
The Counting Downers Synopsis:
The stunningly poignant and life-affirming debut novel by A.J. Compton
Imagine if we could see how long everyone around us had left to live. But we weren’t allowed to know our own numbers…
Trying to make sense of life after the death of her beloved father, free spirit Matilda Evans meets Tristan Isaacs and discovers a marrow-deep connection with him.
No stranger to grief himself, lonely artist Tristan is in awe of Matilda’s fun and philosophical approach to life. With every second spent in her presence, he finds his views on life and loss changing, and begins to embrace the beauty of being alive.
As their friendship turns into something deeper, lessons are learned, memories are made, and legacies are created.
But with both of them knowing how long their soulmate has left in this lifetime, important questions have to be asked and tough decisions have to be made before time runs out.
The Counting-Downers is an inspiring story about life, loss, love, and making the most of every moment.
The Counting-Downers Playlist
The Chronicles of Life and Death – Good Charlotte
Fire & Rain – James Taylor (for purists) / Birdy
Autumn – Paolo Nutini
The Wind – Cat Stevens
Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Afire Love – Ed Sheeran
Everything Has Changed – Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran
If – Nick Wallis
I Was Here – Beyoncé
Forget Me Not – The Civil Wars
Blue Skies – Noah And The Whale
Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
I Lived – OneRepublic
Do It Now – Ingrid Michaelson
Old Pine – Ben Howard
Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran
Lifetime – Emeli Sandé
We Will Not Grow Old – Lenka
Young Forever – Jay-Z ft. Mr Hudson
Forever Young – Bob Dylan
Laughing With – Regina Spektor
Men of Snow – Ingrid Michaelson
The Fear – Ben Howard
Let It Be – Aretha Franklin version
C’est La Mort – The Civil Wars
Last Request – Paolo Nutini
Grow Old With Me – Tom Odell
Can’t Help Falling In Love – Ingrid Michaelson
A Life That’s Good – Lennon & Maisy Stella
*Full playlist can be found on Spotify here.
This is honest to blog one of the hardest reviews I’ve had to write in a while. Not because the content of my thoughts would be harsh or offensive, or even difficult but because I have so many mixed emotions regarding this book, and so many conflicting thoughts that I feel it will be hard to make sense of it all for you, my dear readers. As I promised, I will try to give you my honest opinion, just be warned it could get intense in here for a minute.
The Counting Downers is first of all about time. You won’t be able to forget about this as it is mentioned with great frequency. Almost as if it’s a ticking in your own head not merely in front of the characters’ eyes. It’s also about acceptance, and the fact that sometimes it takes some soul searching after traumatic events have transpired to truly come to terms with your own inevitable end. Painful. Terrible. Gorgeous. Death is part of every living thing, but it doesn’t make it easy for everyone to accept the death of those they love. I appreciated the way that Matilda tries to help others come to terms with death, but found it odd that she then turned around and had such a hard time with it herself. Once I thought about it further, though, this makes complete sense. Are we not all able to pull it together more for our loved ones than ourselves at some point? And though she doesn’t grow exponentially, this book doesn’t span a great deal of time so that’s not really to be expected. Rather than try to cram an entire lifetime, no matter it’s length, into one book, we see a period in a person’s life, and sometimes in a small window there is much to be seen. The Counting Downers is an ode to letting go and allowing your life to be full of joy rather than worry and regret. I highly recommend setting aside some time to read this book, especially if you are well stocked in tissues. ****4 stars****
A.J. Compton Bio:
A.J. Compton is a 23-year-old Londoner, professional dreamer, and full-time over-thinker. She is the author of The Counting-Downers and a dozen other unfinished manuscripts which will hopefully see the light of day soon.
A University of Cambridge graduate, A.J. is currently in a polygamous relationship with an embarrassing number of fictional book boyfriends.
Those two facts are not related. Honestly.
She loves people-watching and exploring her observations in her writing.
She really hates writing about herself in the third person.