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One or Two Things I Learned About Love

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  57 reviews
If this first love is true love, why can’t Hildy hang out with her friends without feeling guilty? Dyan Sheldon takes on the possessive side of summer romance with humor and insight.

Hildy has only had two-and-a-half dates in her whole life, and she isn’t counting the half. It’s starting to look as if she’s never going to have a third date, or be kissed, or know a boy who i
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Candlewick Press (first published May 3rd 2012)
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Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you're the kind of reader that gets mad & a 'wtf face' everytime the main character does something stupid/ is blind, then this book is not for you. Now, let me tell you why.

Hildy is the typical teenager who always wonders why her family is so crazy and why she doesn't have a boyfriend yet. That is, until she meets Connor Bowden. Connor is the new worker at this café, and when they meet, it's instant attraction. They flirt, and - tada! - Hildy has a date.

They hit off pretty well, and soon the
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was really good, you woudn't think it by reading the blurb, tbh i only picked it up because i thought the cover looked interesting. But the book was pretty good and it is about what the cover says. It's about Hilary falling in love with a guy and finding out that there's more to a relationship than love. i think in the end both of the people on either side of the relationship learn something about themselves and whilst i know that Hilary learns from this. i don't know about connor, sinc ...more
Thu Lam
Jan 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Seriously, this book is one of the worse book ever. How can a girl be so dumb? Don't even start the whole stupid in love thing because it was obviously not. I totally regret buying this book! ...more
So I just could not finish this book. For this book just to be just 204 pages long, it was taking entirely to long to get the end. So I just gave up and I don’t give up offend. I really did try to get through it I just couldn’t the pace was just too slow for me. The book started off really boring it didn’t grab my attention at all. I really didn’t like any of the characters. This book made me feel a little to childish for reading it and I never feel like that way before when I read a YA book.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a funny book yet it showed the terribleness of an overly controlling relationship. Nobody should be in a relationship when you have no space to breathe, you are constantly controlled,friends, who you are around, where you go, no one should endure extreme distrust to the point of yelling over everything. No one should be yelled at for everything that isn't even their fault. This book was well written and had a good message. ...more
Sarah (readingfornow)
I have no idea what to say about this book. On the one hand, the quarter of it that is decent, is way too cheesy, and romantic for my liking. The other three quarters were so utterly bad. It was full of a stream of "He just loves me too much." no, he wants to know where you are 24/7 and be around only him. Enjoyed the first bit, but way too repetitive towards the end. ...more
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book doesn't really impress me like the cover does. ...more
Karen King
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually much cleverer than it looks. An inside look at a relationship with a possessive and controlling partner which flags up what to look for without scaring the bejaysus out of teens.
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
It would've been better if she was younger than 17: too naive, trusting, even a bit desperate. It was obvious how manipulative and controlling he was, and she seemed stronger than she acted. ...more
At first I thought this book was going to be a fun and quirky short story about a girl who falls in love with an exceptionally sweet boy with an affinity for romantic trips, crazy rides and moonlit strolls. Imagine my surprise when the story took an unexpected twist! Things started out slow between our main character Hildy and her guy, Connor, but then everything went downhill pretty fast. Connor began his slow descent from being the lovable, caring and protective sweetheart to the too-paranoid, ...more
Hannah Brown
Hildy has only had two and a half dates in her life – and she doesn’t count the half. The whole “love” thing is new to her, so when Connor Bowden comes into her life, she’s almost immediately falling in love – or, so she thinks. His bursts of jealously, she thinks, are just him adoring her and being protective. But, eventually, he takes everything a step too far.
I’m pretty sure I’d read this before, but I couldn’t remember it, so I re-read it. I love Sheldon’s writing style, it’s fabulous and m
4.5 stars


I really, really liked this. Although it was initially slow (narrative-wise) to get going, it worked for me, as I learned introductory info about important secondary characters, and I got to know the protagonist, Hildy, very well. This was useful as it helped make the contrast between pre- and during-Connor Hildy much more stark.

I went into this expecting a fluffy rom-com chick-lit sort of quick read. And boy, I was wrong. (Though to be fair I still finished it in one sitting.) This

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Ms. Yingling
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Hildy's summer looks like it is going to be boring-- nothing but working at a farm stand with her friend Ely and putting up with her annoying younger sister Zelda and her serial dating older sister Gus. When she goes to the mall with her friends, she meets Connor, who is working at a coffee shop, and he asks for her phone number. They go out and click right away, which is a vast improvement on Hildy's previous two and a half dates. Soon the two are inseparable, texting all the time and hanging o ...more
Okay so let me just start by saying that the cover is so cute and eye-catching that I was drawn to it at first glance. But thees story itself bored me and frustrated me immensely. I was hoping for a fun read. I don't know... something like The Trouble With Flirting. Instead I have a story about a girl named Hildy D'Angelo who comes from a quirky family, has a sassy and lovable posse of friends, and no experience with boys.

The first few pages describe her typical summer routine and her interacti
Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
One or Two Things I Learned About Love may belong to the chic lit genre, but it is well written and has a definite message for teenage girls. Hildegarde d’Angelo (Hildy) has never had a real boyfriend, so when she meets Connor Bowden at the mall and he pursues her; she is thrilled. Since she has never had a relationship with a boy before, she doesn’t recognize the signs of the possessive, selfish, and jealous boyfriend. Despite the fact that her friends try to clue her in, she is blinded by Conn ...more
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
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Aoife Costello
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book! It is so cute. Dyan Sheldon will appeal to Georgia Nicholson fans. This is about Hildy, a girl who believes she will never find love. All her friends have boyfriends except her, until she meets Connor... We see how delusional she becomes due to her "love" for Connor. She notices that some of her male Facebook friends disappear, he knows the address of her granny and he knows the phone numbers of her friends, he tells her she told him these things but she's not so sure. ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Younger Readers
Recommended to Hannah by: My sister
The basic plot is a girl hyndy (is that right) falls in love and discovers all the problems and fun which go with it...
Generally I love Dylan Sheldon books usually they have different plots and are great reads but I found this story very slow starting and followed a basic and predictable story line which I found quite tedious! The layout didn't work for me in its diary form and the first person didn't fit with type of story line! But I feel like for younger readers this could be a good first lov
Giving it a 3.5

I found the book a little confusing at first with all the characters (couldn't keep them straight), but once Connor entered the picture, things focused in a lot more - which I'm guessing was the point. At first I thought Hildy seemed a bit too young and unbelievable, but then I remembered a controlling and somewhat abusive relationship I was in at 17 and realised that the author hits a lot of the marks - and my experience was 23 years ago before texting, cell phones, etc!

I can s
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't bad, it just wasn't as good as some of her other books like "The Crazy Things Girls Do For Love". The style of writing was very interesting and the ending left me wanting more and wondering if that was actually the ending or maybe my book was missing a few pages (and at one point I said, "If she doesn't give up on the boy soon, I'm going to give up on this book") but there hasn't in a book that has made me laugh out loud as much as this one for a while - it's something worth checking o ...more
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"2.5 stars"

This book was okay at the beginning, it was the typical boy/girl romance and cute teenager first love blah blah blah. But i have to be honest - it got boring. I haven't even finished the book! So conor is some maniac obsessed with the lead character? Right... It is just so unrealistic and boring and typical. One of the worst books I've read and its a shame because Sheldon's books are quite good reads.
Thea Mariel
A teenage love affair that keeps me losing myself quite in the middle because I've been wanting Hildy to ditch and break up with Conner because it wasn't true love in the first place (which she claims to be cause she's acting crazy)but lack of faith and trust from Conner which makes the whole thing completely crazy. She may have ditched Conner but you had to suffer the long pages before you stumble on that one thing that you've always wanted the story to end. ...more
Jakilah Greene
I though this book was good and interesting . If you think about it when you are a teenager you don't know what love is. This book was about a 17 year old girl named Hildy D Angelo and her school life and love life. She is the kind of girl that never been in a relationship until she meets Connor over the summer. Whether or not their relationship last you have to read the book to find out. I would recommend this book to a friend if you like realistic fiction/drama books. ...more
Jakilah Greene
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Over all I though this was a good book. This book is about a young girl named Hildy in high school that lives in Casa D' Angelo and she meets this boy named Connor whom she starts to like. They start to date and along the way she tries to figure what Love is. I would recommend this book if you like to read teen love stories, fantasy, comedy, fiction or non-fiction books. Some down falls was the beginning of the story being a little boring. Also in reality it is hard to find Love. ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
not the best one for Dyan Sheldon, I found this book to be rather annoying - The way it was written was for people much younger than myself, however the storyline was good (I do love teenager books) and the relationship between the two characters was interesting, one to be learned from.
However I was rather disappointed as I have read a few of Dyan Sheldon's work.
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

The narrator was funny and entertaining which kept me reading this book, other than that I kept on wanting to strangle her whenever her boyfriend was involved because there were major red flags from the get go. I guess it's a good book for teenage girls to read to teach a good lesson about so-called "love".
E'in Nadh
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I guess I could say this book has left quite an impact on me because it's hit some personal notes. While our protagonist seemed kind of pitiful at some parts, she had a great sense of humour as did her friends. Didn't exactly love the characters but I don't think I could ever get this book out of my head, for all my wrong reasons. ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book, with a good point about not losing yourself to the person you are dating. The cover doesn't fit the story though-its a lot more controlling, almost an abusive relationship. ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, reviewed
I didn't get it. I read maybe fifty pages before I had to stop. I didn't understand the story or the characters and it was really irritating. This book might be better for preppy kids or maybe juveniles, but I just didn't understand what the author was trying to say. ...more
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Dyan Sheldon is the author of many novels for young adult readers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN, which was made into a major motion picture. American by birth, she lives in North London.

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