Monday, August 22, 2011

Book Review: Love Story

Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date:  July 19, 2011
Pages: 256
Source: GalleyGrab

She's writing about him. he's writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines..

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions--it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.

Summary Taken from Goodreads
Yani's Review:
I have said this before and I will say it again, I love Jennifer Echols! She is one of my favorite contemporary authors and after this book I am officially labeling her my favorite YA Steam Queen. She knows how to write those romance scenes. In fact, her book Going Too Far is my favorite YA contemp romance stand-alone book. Yes, it needs that many labels because I have many favorites in different categories. So that being said, Love Story was not my favorite of her works. Yes it was really good, but when you have AMAZING books to live up to its hard not to compare.

Many people who are reading JE for the first time, found this book to be amazing, spectacular, five stars. Me, well I had some issues. I didn't really connect to the characters the way I wanted to. I thought it was a little unfocused and I didn't understand their motives at first. Usually in a book written in first person you know what they are thinking, and if they are lying to themselves, but these characters really seemed to hate each other and I never picked up on what made them like each other, only that they did. This probably doesn't make sense, but I have no other way to describe what it was exactly that irked me about the book.

Still the romance scenes where awesome. I liked the format of the book with the stories written by the character egging the plot forward. And despite my qualms with the characters, I loved the ending. I will definitely continue to read JE and I did enjoy this book, I just enjoyed her others sooooooo much more!
Plot: 3/5
Writing Style: 4/5
Uniqueness: 4/5
Characters: 4/5

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Asheley said...

I've never read Echols before! This is the second Echols post I've seen today, which makes me feel like I need to get up off my behind-end and get to finding one of her books ASAP! 

Miss you out in Twitterland Yani! Hope you are loving your job. Let's read a book together soon.   :)

Yani said...

You totally need to read echols though I recommend going too far and forget you over this one! And I miss talking to you and everyone on twitterland as well, this is a lot harder than I imagined :(
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lisa said...

nice job reviewing and sharing your frustrations with the book while still giving an honest review. you rock my world (yet again). 

i am loving the JE too! :)

Emily Seelye said...

I love JE as well, but like you,this wasn't my fave book.  I prefer Forget You, myself.  I like your honesty in your review.  

Katelyn's Blog said...

I am almost positive that if Sarah Dessen would never have written a single book in her life, Jennifer Echols would be my favorite. I love ALL of her books so darn much! My favorite would have to be Forget You but Going Too Far and Endless Summer a close seconds. I have this one but I just haven't picked it up yet. I must read it soon! Awesome review :)

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