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Stop. Leave me to my devices and go away. Just get off my back already, all right? You don't know me, don't know my situation. You don't know the town I live in, the people I live with, the friends I own. Don't hold me to your standards. Stop expecting the best from me. I've never been given the tools to be her. So let me alone. Life's easy when nothing expects so little o Stop. Leave me to my devices and go away. Just get off my back already, all right? You don't know me, don't know my situation. You don't know the town I live in, the people I live with, the friends I own. Don't hold me to your standards. Stop expecting the best from me. I've never been given the tools to be her. So let me alone. Life's easy when nothing expects so little of you. Easy is what I crave. Easy is what I do best. Let the world weep. What good could I possibly do them anyhow? Follow my lead and close your eyes. It's effortless. Stop asking about me. I'm okay with being no one, a nobody. I'm comfortable with this stagnant life.There's nothing I stand to lose. I've taken no risks. Life can't be changed by simply doing nothing. Can it? I’m Lily Hahn and this is the story of how I went from a life of hollow nothing to a life of exhaustive agony and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.


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Stop. Leave me to my devices and go away. Just get off my back already, all right? You don't know me, don't know my situation. You don't know the town I live in, the people I live with, the friends I own. Don't hold me to your standards. Stop expecting the best from me. I've never been given the tools to be her. So let me alone. Life's easy when nothing expects so little o Stop. Leave me to my devices and go away. Just get off my back already, all right? You don't know me, don't know my situation. You don't know the town I live in, the people I live with, the friends I own. Don't hold me to your standards. Stop expecting the best from me. I've never been given the tools to be her. So let me alone. Life's easy when nothing expects so little of you. Easy is what I crave. Easy is what I do best. Let the world weep. What good could I possibly do them anyhow? Follow my lead and close your eyes. It's effortless. Stop asking about me. I'm okay with being no one, a nobody. I'm comfortable with this stagnant life.There's nothing I stand to lose. I've taken no risks. Life can't be changed by simply doing nothing. Can it? I’m Lily Hahn and this is the story of how I went from a life of hollow nothing to a life of exhaustive agony and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

30 review for Idle (The Seven Deadly #4)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Natasha is a Book Junkie

    Give to mama right now!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦

    "I don’t think I’ll ever know carefree again, and it’s just what I deserve." Surprisingly engaging and very angsty story! Lily was an incredibly resilient and likable heroine. Loved the unexpected twists and turns and the look inside the world of competitive chess! Lily lived in a small town where the teenagers her age really didn't have much to do after high school except drink and get high. She lived a particularly horrible existence - her stepfather constantly beat her and she had no real ho "I don’t think I’ll ever know carefree again, and it’s just what I deserve." Surprisingly engaging and very angsty story! Lily was an incredibly resilient and likable heroine. Loved the unexpected twists and turns and the look inside the world of competitive chess! Lily lived in a small town where the teenagers her age really didn't have much to do after high school except drink and get high. She lived a particularly horrible existence - her stepfather constantly beat her and she had no real hope for anything better. All she did was party, sleep late and hang out. She seemed to have lost the will to do anything with her life. Salinger is the new boy in town and is quite mysterious, and admits he only stays in one place for a year at a time. But he has a job, attends school and surprisingly, is a competitive chess player. Lily really admires him but thinks he is way out of her league and is happy just to be friends with him. “I want action.” He breathed deeply through his nose. “I’m tired of idle, tired of those who blow their smoke, tired of doubt. Get up,” he whispered. “You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be the best at everything you do, don’t have to be flawless, but you do have to try. Just try. Even if trying yields you nothing, keep moving before you petrify, Lily.” I love Fisher Amelie's writing style. It is gritty, unflinching and very real. These characters don't lead glamorous lives and are looking just to better themselves in some small way. The dialogue between the characters felt very authentic. “Why are you friends with me?” he asked me. He’d volleyed it back, but there was something else there. His eyes begged me for something, but I didn’t know what. “Because you are here for me.” After an absolutely horrific tragedy befalls Lily, she really gives up hope. I honestly did not know where the author was going with this story and I loved how she changed the tone of the book. This is a slow-burn story where time is spent building relationships and describing characters. I was thrilled when Lily finally got her act together took positive steps to lift herself out of the terrible situation she had fallen into. And Salinger! LOVED him! What an amazing character. He and Lily made the perfect pair. “It’s all an illusion, Lily. Did you know that?” “What is?” I asked. “Perfection. Nobody has it. The only good in perfection is the seeking of it. It’s in the seeking we find hope and love and light. It’s in the seeking we sacrifice for others, in the seeking we abandon selfish.” I stared at him. “Every person falls back, but not every person picks themselves up.” He looked at me. “Pick yourself up, Lily.” If you are in the mood for an emotional, angst-y, very readable Young Adult story, then you will love 'Idle'. It has an unconventional story and memorable characters. This book is a complete standalone but I can't wait to see what the author has planned next in this series! “I would do anything for you, Little.” I looked up. “Would you fetch that star right there?” “Let me get my lasso.”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Talon

    ”People are consistent, Lily. People favor patterns because it’s what they know. Your life can be changed by simply doing nothing.” I think the more and more books that I read, the more I appreciate the slow build. The observing of relationships growing from friends to soulmates. The books that aren’t completely based around the romantic relationships that could blossom right out the gate. The book that focuses on so much more than someone loving the girl and someone loving the boy. Idle was pe ”People are consistent, Lily. People favor patterns because it’s what they know. Your life can be changed by simply doing nothing.” I think the more and more books that I read, the more I appreciate the slow build. The observing of relationships growing from friends to soulmates. The books that aren’t completely based around the romantic relationships that could blossom right out the gate. The book that focuses on so much more than someone loving the girl and someone loving the boy. Idle was perfect in that retrospect. Idle was so much more than a story about a boy and a girl and I absolutely loved that. ”Salinger was a very bright, beautiful light. I could admit it openly to myself, at least. I thought if I could admit it, maybe I could also live within those parameters.” In my own personal opinion, Salinger made this whole book. He was gentle, patient, kind, and helpful in all the right ways that Lily needed him to be. The only thing that would have made this better, was MORE about him. I wanted more about what made Salinger well, Salinger. And sadly we don’t get a lot of that. Fisher Amelie never fails to amaze me with her ability to write a fascinating story that teaches so many lessons. She also writes character growth unlike anyone I have ever read before. She doesn’t necessarily give them “redemption” but she always makes her characters work for their changes and Lily Hahn was no exception. Just watch. Lily grew tremendously in all kinds of departments. She fought and clawed her way out of scenarios and situations that most people struggle eternally to climb out of. To me- that’s an amazing thing to witness. We get to watch Lily bloom every step of the way. Idle was a story about growth, rebuilding, and finding out the person you can actually be if you work for it. I loved the slow burn with the quick paced story line that kept my pages turning. I’ve been waiting years for this book and IMO, Fisher didn’t let me down. But I knew she wouldn’t ;) ”What do you want?” I asked him. “I want action.” He breathed deeply through his nose. “I’m tired of idle, tired of those who blow their smoke, tired of doubt. Get up.” He whispered. “You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be the best at everything you do, don’t have to be flawless, but you do have to try. Just try. Even if trying yields you nothing, keep moving before you petrify, Lily.”

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (5171MilesBooks)

    Excuse me while I fangirl over Fisher Amelie. When I didn't think I could love her more than I already did, I got to meet her at Book Bonanza and receive the best hug of all-time, then I came home and was able to dive into Idle, the fourth sin of The Seven Deadly Sins series. Let me tell you, this book was a breath of fresh air and earned an easy five stars! Fisher is able to write it all: humor, friendship, heartache, life lessons - you name it, she will make you feel it and leave you wanting m Excuse me while I fangirl over Fisher Amelie. When I didn't think I could love her more than I already did, I got to meet her at Book Bonanza and receive the best hug of all-time, then I came home and was able to dive into Idle, the fourth sin of The Seven Deadly Sins series. Let me tell you, this book was a breath of fresh air and earned an easy five stars! Fisher is able to write it all: humor, friendship, heartache, life lessons - you name it, she will make you feel it and leave you wanting more. Only a writer with a heart of gold herself would be able to create such a realistic and simultaneously heartwrenching and heartwarming read. Somehow this is only my second book of The Seven Deadly Sins series and I couldn't be more excited to catch up on Greed and Fury now! Fisher's writing is full of substance, it makes readers dig deep and experience the characters' every action. My favorite thing about this book was that it wasn't so much a romance as it was a coming of age story about a girl finding her place in the world. Sure, there was a great love sprinkled in, but the main focus wasn't about a guy becoming a girl's whole world. The male lead, Salinger, was more of a guide to a better life than a love interest for most of the story, which made me adore it all the more. I couldn't get enough of the slow build of trust, loyalty, and friendship between the characters as Lily learned to navigate the life she ended up with, rather than the life she had planned. It endeared me to the characters more than I expected! I loved the theme of this story, which made me think about how simple it is to become complacent in life. It's easy to stop growing and remain stagnant when life feels good enough. It's when monumental changes come along, whether we want them to or not, that we're forced to reevaluate and push out of our comfort zones once again. Through Lily's hardships, Fisher was able to show readers how these moments build stronger foundations and ultimately make us better people. I was also saddened as I read of a way of life for so many, those who believe they are stuck with a particular lifestyle, simply because it is all they have ever known. Many people don't have a Salinger to turn to, a person to push them out of their rut with bouts of tough love, a person to make them see their strengths when they feel their weakest. Having lived in small towns all of my life and being the wife of a high school teacher, I see this reality all too often. Children don't believe they can rise past the life they've always led, they are too scared to even try, and it is the most heartbreaking thing to behold. I think that's why this book was so incredibly special to me as a reader. It was refreshing to see someone rise above, if only in fiction because maybe it will give even just one reader the courage to push past their self-imposed limitations. “I can tell your lack of respect for me is a product of the power women hold over you, so let me let you in on a secret, pawn. Humility. Humility and kindness. Try it on and the good ones will come your way, I promise.” This story felt fresh and wasn't something I feel like I've read a million times. I was able to learn new things I didn't have a clue about before, like the world of Chess! My daughter just learned how to play the game while we were on vacation in Colorado, so this was a kind of cool and unexpected addition to the story! I enjoyed experiencing the tournaments and watching a girl being a player in a man's world. As with all of Fisher's novels, they are pleasing to read because they are not inundated with sex, but still boast a connection between the characters. I would feel comfortable giving this book to my daughter as a teenager because it would allow her to grow as a person, simply from reading the story. Well done, Fisher, you have written my favorite type of story, a winner for all ages. May we all take a lesson from your pages! If you haven't read Idle yet, I cannot recommend it enough!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shelbyn_brown

    When the heck is this book going to happen?!?!!!! I've been waiting far too long!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Anthony

    This book Idle is the fourth in the Seven Deadly series and It is just as amazing and wonderful as the others in this series. I have read all of Fisher Amelie books and this series is my favourite because she has a way of taking real life situations and really cool characters and weaving these amazing stories that feel real and will make you think about real world situations. I absolutely love Lily and feel like she truly is on her journey in this story from a troubled  teen to a woman of charac This book Idle is the fourth in the Seven Deadly series and It is just as amazing and wonderful as the others in this series. I have read all of Fisher Amelie books and this series is my favourite because she has a way of taking real life situations and really cool characters and weaving these amazing stories that feel real and will make you think about real world situations. I absolutely love Lily and feel like she truly is on her journey in this story from a troubled  teen to a woman of character and I was glad to be there every step of the way. Idle will make you laugh, cry and feel so much love and peace.  5 big great stars!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lex

    It was good. Really good. I thought before I started that I'd hate Lily. Well, I kind of did until 30% in? After that, she tried picking herself up with the help of Salinger (what kind of name is that? Lol). But not really. I mean she didn't really picked herself up yet. Mostly she did things for her sisters. Not for herself. It was a great read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mariana

    Seriously, I would have waited two more years for this book and she is the only author I would do that for. This book was so amazing, that’s really the only word I have right now. I cried so much but also smiled ridiculously at times. So good, I loved it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Jump right in EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. of her books are amazing. It is amazing to read a book and not be able to predict what happens all while falling in love with the characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    5 stars are not enough I never usually say that. I have to sit in my feelings for a while. I’ll come back when I sort out my thoughts.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I have enjoyed each thought provoking and emotional book in this series. This one is no exception. The blurb is vague so I will be as spoiler free as possible. This one shows the consequences of idleness and apathy. How not doing anything can be as damaging as doing something wrong. How it can rob you of purpose, happiness, self worth, and connections. Lily Hahn is a young woman whose life already seems bad due to circumstances. She is lost, uninterested, avoiding, and coping in poor ways. Salin I have enjoyed each thought provoking and emotional book in this series. This one is no exception. The blurb is vague so I will be as spoiler free as possible. This one shows the consequences of idleness and apathy. How not doing anything can be as damaging as doing something wrong. How it can rob you of purpose, happiness, self worth, and connections. Lily Hahn is a young woman whose life already seems bad due to circumstances. She is lost, uninterested, avoiding, and coping in poor ways. Salinger Park seems way out of her league. He is serious, smart, hardworking, honest, selfless, generous, and a gentleman. When their worlds collided, they did not realize that they had the potential to became an integral part of the other's life. But sometimes life can continue throwing hard lessons and challenges at you. And this unlikely pair begins to take on new things together. They push, challenge, and support the other. And even though they talk, there is a lot they are afraid to share and show their true vulnerability leading to confusion, hurt feelings, and some angst. This is a YA book with good messages. Some of the subject matter is hard, raw, and painful, but it is inspiring and hopeful too. There is friendship and slow-burn romance, but it is also about self actualization, acceptance, priorities, and redemption. They were two people desperately in need of a connection and a true home. But their lives were complicated and had many challenges. “I want action.” He breathed deeply through his nose. “I’m tired of idle, tired of those who blow their smoke, tired of doubt. Get up.” He whispered. “You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be the best at everything you do, don’t have to be flawless, but you do have to try. Just try. Even if trying yields you nothing, keep moving before you petrify, Lily.” There were some twists and surprises, and Lily truly had so much to face and was really put to the test. I really liked Salinger and he was a good guy, but even good guys can make mistakes. Even though we did get some chapters in his point of view, I would have liked to have delved even deeper to understand him a bit more. I love that each of these books in this series are so different, push boundaries, and have complex, flawed characters that go on journeys of self discovery while also forging a connection. The emotions are raw and circumstances are usually difficult to overcome. But they all illustrate that life can be unpredictable and beautiful and painful and enlightening all at the same time. And feeling it is what makes us truly feel alive. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Follow Me: Reviews by Tammy & Kim (Rachel and Jay) | Facebook | Twitter

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jazzy

    A touching story of a girl whose potential is harnessed by a guy who cares enough Like other Amelie Fisher books, this one sucks you in. Lily is a girl whose circumstances mean she cannot and is unwilling to help herself. When time came for her to step up, Salinger was there. His gentleness and kindness never crossed the line to be overbearing, and he simply provided Lily with opportunities by which she could discover her potential. He never demanded or hindered. I was not really sure what Lily A touching story of a girl whose potential is harnessed by a guy who cares enough Like other Amelie Fisher books, this one sucks you in. Lily is a girl whose circumstances mean she cannot and is unwilling to help herself. When time came for her to step up, Salinger was there. His gentleness and kindness never crossed the line to be overbearing, and he simply provided Lily with opportunities by which she could discover her potential. He never demanded or hindered. I was not really sure what Lily added to Salinger's life but you slowly see, through her concern and love for her sisters, that her kindness matches Salinger's, and you are awed by her intelligence and humility from her aptitude at chess. The only criticism is a mild one: The love storyline perhaps moved a little fast? It was rather unconvincing that they fell in love that quickly. Maybe it is because we did not get enough insight into their conversations. It was also not very clear why Salinger loved Lily i.e. what aspects of her character.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aestas Book Blog

    Book #5 of the Seven Deadly series!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Fisher Amelie writes these powerful, beautiful discourses on the human condition and with every one I feel another part of my heart and soul change, making me a more complete and compassionate person. Idle is, on the surface, a slow-burn romance, but in reality, it is so much more an account of a person realizing their full potential and striving to reach it. IDLE worked up very slowly, but it was vital to Lily’s story. She’d been served nothing but disappointment and raw hostility, was never ask Fisher Amelie writes these powerful, beautiful discourses on the human condition and with every one I feel another part of my heart and soul change, making me a more complete and compassionate person. Idle is, on the surface, a slow-burn romance, but in reality, it is so much more an account of a person realizing their full potential and striving to reach it. IDLE worked up very slowly, but it was vital to Lily’s story. She’d been served nothing but disappointment and raw hostility, was never asked to be more than status quo. The care with which Salinger helped to guide her out from the expectations she’d been living down to was exactly what she needed. She wasn’t ready to see herself for what she was truly worth until she’d shed the skin of worthlessness she’d forced herself into years ago. IDLE was equal parts devastating and healing. It was a microcosm of the human condition and showed, with stunning clarity, what can happen to a person when they live with total apathy as well as the soaring heights a human can achieve if they pull themselves out of that pit of despair and choose to strive for a goal. IDLE was shocking in the contrast it shined on the differences between people who believe they are stuck in a cycle thrust upon them by birth and those who know with a little effort there is more to life than a person could ever imagine, and how that mindset informs every second of their lives. While this book was, by all accounts nearly perfect as is, I wish we would have got more chapters in Salinger’s head. We got to know little bits about him – surface details – but he seemed to be such a complex guy and, other than protecting Lily from herself, I’m not sure I know what motivated him, what his passion and drive were. I loved him, so much, he was exactly what Lily needed at precisely the right moment of her life, and getting to know him better, beyond his compassionate exterior, would have made IDLE perfection. There was also a little bit of a continuity issue with whether or not Salinger drank alcohol. Several times characters, including Salinger, state that he doesn’t drink and a reason is given, but there is one scene where Lily offers him a beer that he ostensibly left in her fridge. Fisher Amelie has long impressed me with her words. She has this subtle, yet powerful ability to shed light on all the things we as humans try to shove into the darkest corner of the closet. She does it in such a beautiful way that there is no choice but to dig those atrocities out, examine them, and then commit to never letting those things go unchecked in your corner of the world. Her writing, when read with an open heart, has the ability to make the world more aware, one person at a time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Oumy

    I have been waiting fervently for this book for more than two years. it was no easy task but I was sure that the author would deliver, and did she ever! I cried so much, smiled so big, felt immesurable heartache and I would do it all again if it meant reading Lily Hahn's story again for the first time! Like all the Seven Deadly books, Idle starts out with a deplorable character dealing badly with life, but Lily was so much more. i loved her so much from the get go. She was flawed and made terri I have been waiting fervently for this book for more than two years. it was no easy task but I was sure that the author would deliver, and did she ever! I cried so much, smiled so big, felt immesurable heartache and I would do it all again if it meant reading Lily Hahn's story again for the first time! Like all the Seven Deadly books, Idle starts out with a deplorable character dealing badly with life, but Lily was so much more. i loved her so much from the get go. She was flawed and made terrible choices, but also had this quiet strength about her that made me love her so easily, and so fast. Salinger was the perfect character to take this book where it needed to go, and I honestly think he even outshined Ian from Vain if that were even possible! The turns and twists this book takes you on, the pain and life lessons it helps pick up along the way are a gift I wouldn't change for the world, and I applaud Fisher Amelie for continuing to make this series a masterpiece of epic proportions <3

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    In general, I'm not a fan of YA or even NA much, but I'll make an exception for this author. Her writing is amazing. There are lessons to be learned in each of her books, for people of any age. Idle was another great book. Lily was portrayed so well, you felt her pain, her apathy, her disappointment, her excitment and finally her hope. I have absolutely no interest at all in chess, yet I was excited and nervous as she played. Another thing I liked, not only about this book, but about all of the In general, I'm not a fan of YA or even NA much, but I'll make an exception for this author. Her writing is amazing. There are lessons to be learned in each of her books, for people of any age. Idle was another great book. Lily was portrayed so well, you felt her pain, her apathy, her disappointment, her excitment and finally her hope. I have absolutely no interest at all in chess, yet I was excited and nervous as she played. Another thing I liked, not only about this book, but about all of the books in this series, is that while they might be very angsty, there's never a point where I've thought it was too much. Everything made sense and the timing of it as well as the "fixing" of things is perfect and easy to believe.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Diane plourde

    A great story based on the 7 sins. Idle was quite the story that was entertaining and not what I was expecting. Lily doesn’t have any drive in life, just going along until Salinger shows her she’s worth more. An original storyline that was captivating.

  18. 5 out of 5

    GTR33GURL

    Loved it I really enjoyed this book very emotional and I loved Lilly and sal they were so sweet together and I never knew chess could be so exciting I’d love to know if she won nationals lol

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Perfect. I only have 5 authors that I will buy every single book from, without ever reading the synopsis. Fisher Amelie is at the top of the list. Never a regret and I knew there wouldn’t be. This book was just so good. I didn’t want to stop reading! ❤❤❤ Perfect. I only have 5 authors that I will buy every single book from, without ever reading the synopsis. Fisher Amelie is at the top of the list. Never a regret and I knew there wouldn’t be. This book was just so good. I didn’t want to stop reading! ❤️❤️❤️

  20. 5 out of 5

    Josephine

    3.75 - Super depressing, but glad I read it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    maria

    3.5

  22. 4 out of 5

    Honey Warren

    I’ve waited on this for what feels like forever!! It was worth every minute of waiting. I love this series!

  23. 4 out of 5

    C

    Well written YA book. I like Fisher Amelie but I didn't connect with the characters of this book. Still well written.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rayiah

    I haven’t even read the book yet, but I’ve waited three years for this to come out and it finally here. I’m putting all of my love into this book before I even read it

  25. 5 out of 5

    pedro

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melany Joanne

  27. 5 out of 5

    Majo

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Divitini

  30. 4 out of 5

    Prachi

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