April 25, 2016

ARC Review: Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

Suffer Love
by Ashley Herring Blake
Expected publication: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
Hadley St. Clair's life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone.

Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably "feels like home" to Hadley. Hadley and Sam's connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything.

Funny and passionate, Suffer Love is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate.

I found Suffer Love quite hard to get into at first. I tried starting to read the ARC I had as soon as I got it but I just wasn't feeling it. Eventually, I forced myself to sit down and read it. I thought the beginning was a little slow, which is one of my major book pet peeves, it starts me off on a bad note, you know? I know that we need exposition and background, but dragging immediately turns me off to the story. Anyways, even though Suffer Love did improve as it went on, I certainly wasn't that big of a fan. 

While reading, I went over to Goodreads to read some reviews, I was so confused. Almost everyone who had already reviewed it gave the book 4 or 5 stars and was saying stuff along the lines of  “Get out your tissues this one's a tearjerker” or “I cried throughout the whole book”, and at first I thought I just wasn’t far enough in the book yet, but once I was almost at the end I realized it just wasn’t getting to me as it did to others. I'm not really an easy book crier, so that could have been it? I don't know though. I just found it weird the reviews painted this picture of a hard hitting story when I didn't even sympathize with the main character. Maybe someone more sensitive would be more emotionally affected by Suffer Love?? I don't know. Someone who's read this needs to discuss with me lol.

The two main characters are Hadley and Sam. Hadley’s dad had an affair and her family has been fractured ever since, but her parents are trying to make things work again. (Even though it really doesn't seem like they are trying with each other.) Hadley is an only child and her relationship with her parents is kind of tense at the moment...until things start to get really cliche at the end. Sam was very forgettable and unrealistic to me. Like, he was a really nice guy, don't get me wrong, but I'm having trouble recalling anything else about him. (Yikes!!) 

Something I really enjoyed about Suffer Love was the writing style. It’s probably what stood out most to me while reading, and definitely redeemed some of the book for me. There is a good balance between humor, cute lovey-dovey moments, mixed in with very emotionally charged scenes. All spectacularly written. I can say I honestly laughed out loud at some parts! Overall, I thought it was a nice story but it wasn’t anything that special or outstanding for me.


2 comments:

  1. I'm happy that you liked it!

    Great review :)

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  2. Great review..I haven't read this on Goodreads, I will not add this on my tbr.

    - christine @ tine's reivews

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