Set in the late 1950s this college romance features Slim Canton and Natalie Adams. Slim is on scholastic probation after flunking calculus. Natalie Adams is a brilliant, electrical engineering student, a beautiful sorority girl who has no interest in Slim. This serves to make Slim want to pursue a relationship with her. He takes a desperate step to find common ground between them and hopefully will be able to break through her icy and arrogant barrier.
I felt so comfortable and at home while reading End of a String. It was refreshing to read a book about how loved used to be before everything got so complicated. Sweet, romantic and with that first love feeling, the characters of Slim and Natalie drew me into the story. They were as different as night and day but with a little bit of patience and persistance, this relationship might just work. But of course Natalie would have to be agreeable to that. Natalie was a girl who, upon meeting her, has a very harsh and unfriendly demeanor and does not let people get too close. A beautiful girl on the outside who will do whatever is necessary to keep you at an arms length. Slim is her polar opposite. He felt he wasn't that good looking and wasn't as smart as Natalie, he questioned himself if he even had anything to offer her. I loved how he was so unsure of himself but stepped out of his comfort zone and had the nerve to ask her for a date even after she tried to make it obvious he wouldn't get anywhere. End of a String strips romance down to the bare essentials of love .... that pure genuine unconditional feeling where you would sacrifice your own happiness for the happiness of another.
I have read other books by Larry Hammersley and this book holds a special place in my heart. It just brought everything down a notch to show what true love really is. If you are in the mood for a quick read that is charming and engaging, I recommend you pick up End of a String. The 1950's college setting will take you back to a time and place where everything seemed right with the world. So come on, take a break, put your feet up and slip into this sweet read and yes, you can thank me later for suggesting you do so.