Review | Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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source: Amazon 

Tate Collins and Miles Archer meet in an “ugly” way. Miles is incoherently intoxicated and comatose in front of Tate’s brother’s San Francisco apartment, the same apartment she is currently moving into. Nothing quite says, “Welcome to your new home”, like dragging your incredibly wasted (but handsome) neighbor into your living room and comforting him as he sobs and continues to call you “Rachel.” Awkward.

This is only the beginning. As fate would have it, Miles is a close friend to her brother, Corbin, and once he enters Tate’s life he does not quickly leave. Attractiveness turns to lust and lust turns into…well you know. The catch? Miles doesn’t do love. He can’t or he won’t. Tate doesn’t know which and Miles is a vault of secrets. A deal is made. Casual Sex with two rules attached:

1. Never ask about the past.

2. Don’t expect a future.

As anyone can possibly expect, this does not fare well. Rules get broken, hearts become ruined, and you spend the entire book rooting for something that may not in the end be possible for one of them.

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Rating: 8/10
GREAT READ

Colleen Hoover’s, Ugly Love, is a riveting testament that sometimes the hardest person you will ever have to forgive is yourself.  From the very first sentence I was captured and I wasn’t free until I reached the very last word. Hoover has a way of drawing her readers in and making it damn near impossible to put the book down. I purchased this yesterday at Barnes and Noble around 8 PM and kept reading until 4:30 AM this morning. Needless to say, if you like sleep start this book way early in the day, because once you start you will not stop.

It’s a love story, an ugly one, with a dash of mystery between the lines. You may not fall in love with this book, but you WILL finish it. And when you finish it, you will appreciate it for what it is. A story of a boy with a ruined heart who meets the very ugly side of love and struggles to find hope along the way.  

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QUOTES I LOVED: 

“Love isn’t always pretty, Tate. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.” (P. 165)

“When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.” (P. 234)

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Review | Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

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source: Goodreads

Virginia Woolf obsessed, Amelia Baron, has just thrown herself off her school’s roof with no trace of evidence beyond a scribbled one word suicide note, “sorry”.

Faced with workaholic guilt, single mom, Kate, begins to question her relationship with her daughter and struggles to pick up the pieces that lead to Amelia’s suicide. Could her brilliant, straight-A daughter really have killed herself? All evidence points to yes until Kate receives an anonymous text telling her…Amelia didn’t jump.

Readers who praise Gyllian Flynn’s, Gone Girl, or Jay Asher’s, Thirteen Reasons Why, prepare to applaud McCreight’s ingenious and heart-wrenching story telling as you reach to solve the mystery surrounding Amelia Baron’s supposed suicide.
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RATING: 7/10
GOOD READ
For those who love mysteries, this is the mystery to read. It was good enough for me not to want to put it down, but not good enough for me not to.  Filled with lies, betrayal, and sex the story moved on it’s own, but the mystery and the conclusion, made it well worth the read. I recommend this to any one who is a huge fan of Gone Girl (or really even Gossip Girl). It carries the same tone and is equally as unpredictable.