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Love & Candy

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  86 reviews
LOVE and CANDY is a contemporary coming-of-age romance. It doesn't shy away from the explicit details of a young woman's first serious relationship and deals with adult topics. Her love interest is a seriously tortured guy, far from a prince charming.

SAMANTHA MONTCLARE is not who she thought she was. Straitlaced and academically minded, she's knocked to her knees by an une
ebook, 335 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by The Miri Group
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Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorites
before i start my review of love and candy i just have to say i love it !
this book rocks:)
not only will teenagers be able to relate to Love and Candy but adults will love this book too with it's alarming honesty to this day and age life style.

Love and Candy is about a young teenage girl Samantha who is academically minded, loves soccer and head over heels in love with a boy named Delaney.

Samantha is not only going through all the normal teenage problems but is trying to come to terms with the fa
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-review
Edited to a 4 since the epilogue has been added to theboo

The good things about the book.
*no insta-love between Delaney and Samantha
*good but strange relationship between Samantha, her parents and her sisters
*pretty realistic about high school life and how kids can be so mean to each other
*Could so relate to how geeky and awkward Samantha was.

The bad things:
*I would NOT allow my daughter to date someone like Delaney Troy. The fact that he was a playboy and dated all around and treated my daught
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found that there are a lot of layers when I read this book, adding to the overall reading experience and intensity in different sections (without explictly mentioning where in order to avoid spoilers).
I also found myself changing whom I was rooting for as the characters developed throughout the story.
I thought I'd take a break after reading a few chapters but the story line was continually moving and active and kept me reading with anticipation. (which is a little unusual for me)
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Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arr-funsies
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Verdict: 4.5 Adorable Stars

Praise for Elizabeth Famous and this beautifully written and refreshingly unique coming of age story! It made me feel a plethora of emotions...borderline bipolar (and I loved every moment of it).


Samantha Montclare is a high school freshman with a one track mind, get through high school and into an Ivy League school. She's a math whiz and a mediocre soccer player who keeps a low p
Jul 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I had a note from the author asking me to explain my one star review. Since she asked for it...
The writing was extremely juvenile with grammatical errors and typos while some of the things written were subject matter not really appropriate for teens. The main character was an idiot and seriously tstl. She was whiny, unnecessarily naive and judgmental all at the same time. The book could have been cut by a 1/3 and still been too long for the story that was told, this led to a very boring read.

Emily (Mrs B's Books)
My thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy for an honest review.

Okay. The book is told from Samantha's POV and to be honest, all throughout the book she seemed naive and immature. She has a crush on Delaney and is always looking at him fixating on what he would be like. This goes on for a year.

She has gone through her mothers possessions and read her diary which alluded to the fact that her mother and father had played around for awhile and that her dad was not her biological fath
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Surprising and atypical, that's the best way to describe it.

I've been given "Love and Candy" for free and asked to make an honest review.

Well, I truly enjoyed it but was also greatly surprised (in a good way).

On one hand, you've got Samantha, sixteen years old and quite straight-laced in the beginning (the idea of sex is quite a ludicrous one) and on the other hand, you've got Delaney, star of the soccer team and real player, flirting from one conquest to the other. As can be expected, they wil
Raquel Valldeperas
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I've just been informed that the MC is 16 when engaging in sexual relations with Delaney, as is compliant with the age of consent in CT. While this does pacify some of my concerns with the book, I am still holding tight to my overall opinion.

Original Review

Okay, so, here's the thing. I cannot deny that Love and Candy is written well and is pretty grammatically sound. There was never a time when I felt like I was reading a fifth grader's creative writing assignment, which often ha
Kristi Cramer
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Well, I'm not entirely sure what to think about this book. I liked it, it drew me in, and it certainly is unlike any other story I have read.

I liked the storyline about the parents, and Samantha dealing with their choices when they were younger and experimenting. I have met people who have chosen lifestyles of the same sort, and who have children, so I found it compelling to read about the child's point of view.

Samantha's story def
Stacey Lynn
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
3 - 3.5 stars. I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

Give me a book about a slightly awkward teenager, pining over the campus hottie bad-boy, and I will read it any day. It's like reliving my adolescence, and I can't help but get sucked into them. Samantha and Delaney's story proved no different.

I really like how this story was over an extended time frame and certainly wasn't an insta-love on both people's parts. I enjoyed watching Samantha mature and become willing to stand up f
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review

Here it goes...hmm, I've been thinking about giving it a 3 or 4 stars but came down with 3

Samantha had a lot of issues going through her and so is Delaney.
And so am I having issues with them too.

First Samantha who just had a crush with Delaney who got rejected and then decided to forget him. Then when one day Delaney approached her and ask her to watch a movie with him, She immediately agreed to do so and then did "it" in his car. I MEAN
Lori Clark
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I stayed up way too late to finish the book last night (this morning) and I would have stayed up later if necessary! Samantha starts out as a nerdy, awkward freshman in high school. She has an awkward crush (mini obsession) on the older, popular, Delaney. Samantha was strong and didn't take crap from her peers. She was feisty and I admired her for that. Delaney Troy. What can I say? He was a selfish prick for a good deal of the book. He trie ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I heard about this novel a while ago and I was really looking forward to reading it. I was not disappointed.
** This review contains mild spoilers. **
This is a coming of age story for Samantha, who is exploring her sexuality. She is young, 15, when she feels a pull towards the handsome, soccer captain, Delaney. He is THAT guy in high school. He is dating the cheerleader captain, of course. She is your typical popular mean girl and she makes sure Sam knows her place. While he is dating the cheerl
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
** I would like to thank the author for a copy for review. **

I really could not get into this book, it is in third person. I think that might be a reason why I couldn't really connect to the book. It seem to jump around a lot. You start off with a girl who is a freshman in high school, then with in 25 pages in we are already in December?? I found myself wanting to skim pages, but when I did I would have to go back to read the two pages is skipped because it was a month later.

I didn't like the m
Holly Douglas
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends
Recommended to Holly by: Fifty Shades Group Read
I read this book as part of Fifty Shades Group ARR #29

Love and Candy, I want to say what a sweet love story. It’s just so much more. It’s has me believing in the true love one person can have for another person. And how it can changes lives.
Through all obstacles with work and conversation these two Samantha and Delany come out stronger in their relationship. I love that Samantha shows Delany what family can really be. That Delany finally steps up and realizes just what he has.
This love story i
Rachelle Reads
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I found it hard to swallow at times because of the lack of commitment on Delaneys part. The realistic feel to it was what really had me liking this story. First loves aren't always heart's and rainbows they're messy, hormonal and emotionally charged.

Samantha was very real to me I could relate with her and her strong feelings for Delaney she didn't always take his crap either which I loved the only thing is IDK if I could've waited for him like she did, but I really felt the
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right out of the gate, I felt connected to this story. The heartache was painful to read, and at times I had to put the book down and take a breather. But seeing how each character’s life developed over the course of the several years in this story, I was so pleased with how the author concluded it. There was no overly dramatic whirlwind ending, no ‘hearts and flowers’, just lives lived and people becoming better people because of their experiences. Yes, Love and Candy was far more appropriate f ...more
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Samantha and Delaney relationship actually seems more realistic.
The is no love at first sights like most books.

The book storyline is within several years.

Samantha has some freaky loving parents which is interesting to say the least.
Delaney is kind of your typical teenage boy that wants to fuck around when he is young.

Samantha is attracted to Delaney right away.
Delaney attraction is over time.

Fun Read. Delaney is for sure a trip.
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not my usual genre, but I did find this to be a very interesting and compelling story. Different. It certainly got me remembering my own intense and crazy high school romances, too.
Edit - I re-read it, and it's just wonderful, so I'm upping to 5 stars. :)
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Samantha's story is a journey to her roots, adulthood, love, and what she really wants in life. You know how when you read a book and the author's voice "get's real?" Sometimes Samantha's story read's like the author's own journey. It engages the reader and keeps you up later than you'd planned.
I received a free copy in exchange of a honest review (Never Too Old For young Adult Books).

Warning!! It may contain some spoilers!

Okay, I have mixed feelings about this book. There were many things I didn't like and made me uneasy.
There were some scenes that disturbed me, like Sam's first date/first time. I read the scene with a frown on my face and I felt confused. She didn't want to have sex and stopped him. Then they make out a little, he asks her if he can turn her over and as he touches he
Jul 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
*Definite spoilers ahead. Just a warning.*

Goodreads rating system is a little iffy, but I follow it. One star means "did not like it". And I didn't. It just wasn't my cup of tea, but I hope it can be yours. It wasn't terribly written. There wasn't lack of a plot. It just felt way too real for me, and I couldn't get past that. I don't want to discourage anyone to NOT read it just because I couldn't stomach the thought of someones first love (and in Sam's case, her only) being so "hardcore".

Oh, bo
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I want to thank the author for allowing me to read a copy of this book and review it for her. This review will have some spoilers in it so please don’t read all of it till you’ve read the book.

This coming of age story was really good, my reason for that is that reading about all the trials of growing up that Samantha went through made me feel sorry for her, especially when she found her mothers diary, but I did like the fact that her parent were happy to explain things to her, she may h
Kathy Horsman
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r, new-adult, nook, romance
At first glance, Love and Candy is your typical young teenage girl has huge crush on gorgeous popular star athlete boy. However, as dive deeper and deeper into this story you’ll find that like most books you can’t judge it by its cover and it becomes something of a tail of teenage drama mixed with a confusing situation, that may just turn into something more. Samantha Montclare is a freshman when we meet her and always considered the nerdy girl. She gets straight A’s, wants to go to an Ivy Leagu ...more
Charlie Fey
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r-s
**I received a free review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!*

DON'T GIVE ME NO LIP, WOMAN! -This line right here pretty much describes Delaney Troy's character in full throughout the book.

Hey, I am a strong, empowered type but even I enjoy a good chauvinistic, a**hole story every now and then and Delaney Troy provides just that. I ain't going to hate on the dude, he kept his pimp hand strong.(view spoiler)
Esraa Bassiouny
How many times should I repeat to myself don't judge the book by the cover. I did that again and actually judged the book by the cover. If it wasn't giving to me to review it, I wouldn’t have read it. BUT thank god that I had this amazing chance to read it.
I didn't expect to like that book so much, but I did. What I liked the most about this book is how realistic it seemed to be. When I was fifteen I was thinking the same way (that was three years ago, so not much has changed since then). What
❤️ Diana ❤️
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: r4r
This story is a coming of age story. Samantha is a young teen who is infatuated with the popular soccer player, Delaney. Problem, Delaney is older and doesn't do girlfriends, just But seriously Delaney's parents are divorced due to an affair so he vows not to be a cheater like his dad so he's quite honest with the girls that he's interested in one thing and one thing only. Samantha comes from the perfect family but after snooping in her moms drawers finds a secret, a secret that wi ...more
Tammy Bland
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received this book for an honest review.

Samantha is a 15 year old Freshman when the book begins. She is immediately attracted to a young man, Delaney, and finds out that he is a Junior soccer player. A real player who does not have monogamous relationship.

Samantha's "observation" of Delaney borders on stalking at times. She is constantly seeking him out and trying to get his attention. When she begins to draw the attention of his friends by her actions they begin to call her rude names and ma
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Rating 3.5 I was sent this book for an honest review. Spoiler Alert
YA/NA book with sexual content

In the beginning it was hard for me to get into this book because of the mind frame of Samantha and the dialogue between her parents. By the middle of the book the plot became more relatable/ realistic in terms of how HS can be.

Samantha has her first real crush she is 15 h.s. freshman when she first sees him at school and he is a junior but 18 ( entered school a yr. later) She tries to ignore her f
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen
I would like to thank the author for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I thought I would really enjoy this book. Samantha is starting high school and is knocked off her feet with her first look at Delaney. When you meet Sam ,you get the impression that she has a good head on her shoulders and is a typical teenager. She is also dealing with a big family secret with the reveal of her real dad. Her family life is not what she thought and now she cannot stop thinking or staring
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Elizabeth Famous grew up on a family farm in rural USA before dashing off to the big city and going Ivy League. Never satisfied with doing things the usual way, she married a man from the other side of the globe and won a doctoral fellowship in humanities. Raising her lively and opinionated children is the greatest challenge of her life. She likes to write about flawed characters dealing with chal ...more
“I wanted to challenge myself to write a story about a young woman who takes a huge risk emotionally and physically by having sex on her first date with a guy she’s infatuated with,” says Elizabeth Famous, “and somehow she manages to handle what she got herself into, maturing as a person in the process.” 1 likes
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