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The Things We Did For Love

3.57  ·  Rating Details  ·  170 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
As Luc and Arianne fall in love their world starts to crumble around them. German forces are closing in and the village is torn between cooperating to save themselves or resisting and entering a world of unknown danger.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Faber and Faber Children's Books (first published February 28th 2012)
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Apr 10, 2014 kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 5-star, 2014
This is an example of the more I learn, the less I realize I know.
This story is based on something that actually happened, although all the characters are fictional. When I finished the book, I looked up pictures of the real place and it is chilling. And heartbreaking.
Without giving away the plot, the story takes place in a small French village in 1944 prior to and around the time the Allies invaded Normandy. There is an authentic feel of the time and place. The characters are well drawn with a
Mar 13, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews
Guest Review by Beth

Oh this novel is so sad, in the vein of novels like The Book Thief by Martin Zusak, this novel is really really tear-jerkingly sad, all the more so because it’s based on true events. Although the characters themselves aren’t real, it’s not hard to believe that some of the individuals who went through the experiences in France in the later years of World War Two felt the same things and experienced the same emotions.

Luc and Ari fall desperately and passionately in love, at th
Dec 25, 2013 Gabs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book via Goodreads First Reads.

This book, that started off as simply a cute historical romance, ended with me wanting to cry. The ending was truly tragic. And that is why I am rounding up to four stars instead of three.

I must admit, I had never heard of the event this book is based on. But boy, was it heartbreaking. Not really the kind of book most would read on Christmas, but I did. I would like to research Oradour-sur-Glanr in more detail after finishing this.

Luc and Ari's love
Jun 25, 2015 Julia rated it liked it
While the characters and the plot is fictional, the actual event the story is based on, the oradour sur glane , is real. This book is exactly as the tagline reads. This is a book about resistance, heartbreak and betrayal. This book is more complex than the blurb reads. This is a story about France 1944, about teenage lovers Luc and Arianne and the desperate times a small village faced. The ending is both devastating and surprising. A wonderful mix of fiction and real life. This is a great novel ...more
Jul 11, 2014 Daisy rated it it was amazing
I read this book a long time ago when I was quite young as my aunt works for Faber and asked me to read an early copy. Let's just say it has stuck in my mind ever since.

I read it over a holiday and during this holiday I thought of little else I just remember being completely immersed in this new yet real world created by the author. The characters were written so beautifully that they really just came to life you felt as though you were there that you were Arianne or Romy. Although I do not reme
Beth Reekles
Jun 30, 2014 Beth Reekles rated it really liked it
The Things We Did For Love by Natasha Farrant

“France: February, 1944.

Arianne knew Luc as a child, of course she did. Everyone in Samaroux knows each other. But he’s been away, and five years really makes a difference to a boy. A young man.

As they fall headily into love - first love - their world starts to crumble around them. German forces are closing in, and the village is torn between cooperating to save themselves or putting up resistance and entering unknown danger.

Arianne will do anything t
Diane Ferbrache
By 1944, German soldiers had occupied all of France. Even the smallest villages were not untouched. Under the cloud of the occupation, Arianne and Luc fall in love. They meet in an abandoned house while rumors fly about why Luc has suddenly returned to the village. Was his grandfather really a traitor? Did he really turn in his neighbors to the Nazis? When Luc gets involved with a resistance group in response to the growing Nazi threat and to prove his loyalty, things begin to fall apart quickly ...more
Maitha AlSuwaidi
Mar 05, 2016 Maitha AlSuwaidi rated it liked it
More of a 3.75
Milly Paris
Ok, first of all, normally I give books low ratings due to the fact that I found them boring and struggle to get through them. However, that wasn't the case with this book. It was just badly written as a book, and the plot was all over the place. I'm going to get into more depth of that now but I just want to warn you: spoilers ahead.

So when I read the author's notes at the back of the book, I was literally gobsmacked about how the massacre at the end of the book was based on a true story. It su
Serendipity Reviews
Apr 18, 2012 Serendipity Reviews rated it liked it
Do you ever think that perhaps the afterword should be written at the front of the book rather than the back? In this case, I really do think it would have aided my enjoyment of this book so much better. On reading the afterword, I realised that although the characters are fictional, the setting and the events were mainly true. The ending of the book was extremely sad and I found it difficult to understand why it would end in such a way - until I read the afterword and realised that reality does ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Lynsey rated it really liked it
I’d wanted to read a YA book set in World War Two for some time but didn’t really know of any titles until I put a request out on Twitter and was flooded with recommendations. My desire to read about war came after watching the movie Pearl Harbour on TV (don’t judge me, I know the dialogue is crap but I love the soundtrack) and wishing there was a YA story like that. I didn’t quite get what I wanted with The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant but it was still a beautifully told story, ful ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Alanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Here, have some adjectives: tragic, heartbreaking, lovely, sweet, sad, infuriating, awesome, haunting, unexpected, shocking, surprising.

This book was all of those things.

It doesn't feel like I can talk about this book the way I review other books because of the subject matter. I don't want to talk about how sweet and painful the romance was in all its first-love-in-the-midst-of-war glory, or how much I liked or disliked the characters... because it doesn't feel like those are the important parts
Jim From YAYeahYeah
Apr 28, 2012 Jim From YAYeahYeah rated it it was amazing
In a small village in South-West France in the final years of World War II, the Resistance fight against the occupying Germans. Against this backdrop, Arianne falls madly in love with Luc, who has returned to the village after a long time away. They seem perfect for each other – but Luc has a dark secret in his past, and is desperate to make up for it, leading him to become involved with the fight against the Nazis. When someone else becomes jealous of Arianne’s feelings for him, tragedy seems i ...more
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies

I don't often read historical fiction but I've been very successful with some historical YA recently and I felt ready to give The Things We Did For Love by Natashsa Farrant a chance. I'd read one or two reviews of it when it was published in hardback last year, but thankfully, when it came down to reading the book, I found that I didn't have any previous knowledge of the storyline that might have spoilt things for me.

What strikes me t
Apr 27, 2012 Jordan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Aïe aïe aïe... Moi qui m'attendais à une lecture "coup de poing", poignante et saisissante, ce roman n'a, malheureusement et absolument, pas été à la hauteur de mes attentes. C'est vraiment dommage, car je pensais réellement que Les Amants De Samaroux allait me plaire. Explications.
Tout d'abord, l'histoire a lieu à l'époque de la guerre. En temps normal, je déteste lire des récits qui se déroulent durant cette période. Je ne supporte tout simplement pas ça
Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Review: France 1944. France is occupied by the Germans. Luc, Arianne and Romy are three teenagers in a lovetriangle. Rory has the chance to see Luc off, but at a high price. As the Germans enter the area, the three of them do many things for love.
I really enjoy good historical, especially when they deal with parts of history that I’m not that familiar with. And we hardly ever get taught about World War 2 except from a British pov, which I find a shame. Anyway. France.
Part one, I had to read twic
May 15, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing
Resistance. Heartbreak. Betrayal" The Things We Did For Love has all this and more!

The Things We Did For Love is Natasha Farrant's first YA novel, and its a great read. I couldn't put it down, I needed to know what happened next.

The novel is set in 1944 France, in a small village in the countryside as war is raging throughout Europe. There lives Arianne and Luc who fall passionately in love. However, jealousy, greed, simply being scared of going against the emney , means heartbreak and tragedy f
This review is proof that I find it very difficult to differentiate between how I feel about a book and how good a book actually is. I think this book does all that it sets out to do and as a book meant for teens I think it would probably work really well as an introduction to war fiction. The plot is loosely based on real events during the French Occupation (if you'd like to know which ones click here) though the central characters and their relationships are fictional. The Things We Did for Lo ...more
I got this book for free in a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway.

I loved this book! I usually don't read historical fiction books because I like history told the way it happened, not in a story type. This book was different though. Unlike a historical fiction book I read earlier this year, this one was more realistic. I know historical fiction is supposed to be fake, but it still has to follow what the real history was somewhat.

This love story has so many details! Some stories just get to the basics
Mar 13, 2012 daisychainbooks rated it it was ok
Inspired by harrowing real life events, The Things We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant is a heart-wrenching tale of love and loyalty, betrayal and loss set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied France during World War II.

Revolving around the relationship of Luc and Arianne, two teenagers in love, The Things We Did for Love initially lulls us into a sense of false security as we witness the connection between Arianne and Luc, a boy from her childhood who has returned to her village after five year
Jul 19, 2014 Juliann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There were several times where I just had to put the book down and think. I didn't even realize that this was based on something that actually happened. But it did and it is terribly heart breaking.
It didn't just focus on Ari and Luc and their romance, but it focused on all the characters and what they did for love.
Beautiful cover on this YA historical fiction novel set in France during World War II.

Arianne and Luc are in love but their country is at war. It is 1944 and the D-Day landings are taking place. British, Canadian and American troops are moving inland from the coast as German soldiers advance through the French countryside with only the resistance to stop them. Luc cannot sit back and watch his country being torn apart so he joins the resistance himself...

This was a quick read. The storyline had
Jessica Goodchild
Aug 15, 2013 Jessica Goodchild rated it it was amazing
I very quickly fell in love with the characters. You understood their feeling and felt empathy for them. It was romantic and sweet. It made you feel jealous of their love. I felt that it was a well written book. It wasn't all frills and fairy tales. When the characters fell out, you felt their emotions.

I love historical fictions. It gave me a new perspective on the second world war which i hadn't experienced before. It made me cry numerous times. Even when i finished the book and went back and r
Alison Kennedy
Sep 02, 2015 Alison Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly excellent YA novel. The book manages to educate the reader on the horrors of the second world war without being overly heavy from the outset.

It definitely has crossover appeal from Young Adult to adult. Readers will be pulled in with the descriptions of this peaceful French village and the relationships between the characters living there. From the beginning we have a sense of foreboding. However, nothing can prepare you for the horror in the final section. Even worse is the fact that it
Hannah Larsen
What We Did for Love by Natasha Farrant is a book set in France during World War II. It is about Arianne and Luc who try to have their love story survive during the war. It thought that it was kind of confusing, but it was O.K.
Shannon Murphy
Feb 20, 2015 Shannon Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book I found was very good and it left me on edge from beginning to end and left me in tears, very good.
Gaby Meares
Dec 09, 2014 Gaby Meares rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous & gentle story of First love against the backdrop of the French Resistance. Good for years 7+
This book was excellent. I read it in a few hours and can't stop thinking about it.

Review to come.
Feb 23, 2014 Rhys rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Dec 07, 2012 Chloe rated it really liked it
The bit at the end of this book which starts who knew that once you died you could see so clearly?.. I personally think it should have been at the start of the book and it was a bit of a disappointment that it wasn't. Apart from that I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read a book like this again!
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Natasha Farrant grew up in the heart of London's French community, and currently combines writing with her career as a Literary Scout. She is the author of two successful novels for adults, Diving Into Light and Some Other Eden, both published by Transworld. She lives in West London with her husband, two daughters and a large tortoiseshell cat.
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“She clasped his hands and pressed her lips to them. 'I want you to be proud of me,' he repeated. She dropped his hands, feeling defeated.” 5 likes
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