Review: F*ck Love

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Title: F*ck Love
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: December 31, 2015
Publisher: Self Published
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Helena Conway has fallen in love.
Unwillingly. Unwittingly.
But not unprovoked.
Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered,
and not even a little bit careful.
It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend.
Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.
Until she doesn’t.

Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed the works of Tarryn Fisher that I’d read in the past (like the Love Me with Lies series and her Never Never collaborations with CoHo), so it’s no surprise that I got so excited when I heard she had a new novel coming out… which is why I’m so sad to say that I was disappointed by it.

The main problem I had with F*ck Love was its characters—I just couldn’t bring myself to like them. Helena is too needy and indecisive all the time, and it just annoyed me how she convinced herself there was nothing wrong with the things she was doing when there obviously was. I found her attempt to distance herself feeble at best; I found it hard to believe she was actually trying. Which brings me to her relationship with her so-called best friend Della, which was horrible, partly because neither of them were even really good people to begin with. Finally, we have Kit, who’s alright sometimes, but could get annoying too. He was a bit bland as a male lead, and I never quite felt his appeal.

Plot-wise, the novel was not too bad. I thought that the story being built around a dream was fairly unique, though it may seem kind of ridiculous. There were some boring and unrealistic (too coincidental) parts, but I got through them.

Despite all the things I didn’t like about it, the writing was one thing I did. It was always engaging and witty in its humor, and I’m pretty sure that’s what got me to continue reading until the end. There were lots of wonderful quotes and thoughts that really amused me, making me fall in love with Fisher’s way with words even more.

To sum it all up, F*ck Love has amazing writing (as expected), a so-so plot, and characters that are too easy to dislike… but then again, I’m probably just one of the few people who didn’t absolutely love this book, so I think it’s best to leave it to you guys to decide how you feel about it! :)


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