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334 pages, Paperback
First published July 1, 2014
"I don't want to go home tonight and work hard at being nice to somebody."And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I didn't like this book at all. What's the point of reading a love story where neither character even cares enough to try to be nice to the other?
***Me and my friend, Natalie, read this book at the same time and she rated it 2 stars. When I told her that I actually loved it and that it's a clear 5 stars for me, she asked if we even read the same book. 😂 Thing is - everyone approaches love and relationships differently. This book has a lot to do with the individual, as it does with how we each perceive relationships and love. What I see as being right can be completely wrong for someone else.
***But my love for this book is not only with the MCs, it's also with all the ways in which the other characters approach and interpret love. We get to meet Lauren's family and they all have complex relationships with love. Her sister wants to fall in love but she is also happy being by herself and developing her career. Her mom is seeing a man that loves and spoils her and she is happy with just casualy dating him. Her brother chooses to marry a girl he barely knows and that works for him. I loved their crazy family dynamics and this is another thing I can relate to, because I, too, have a big, crazy family.
***The story of Lauren and Ryan reached me personally, yes, but I also felt that there were some really great messages for everyone throughout the book. It has something for every reader: heart ache, self discovery, falling in love, family complexities and more. They’re not the things that fairy tales are made of – they’re real, honest, sometimes painful and yet, endearing.
***This book is well written, it's filled with hope and it will make you laugh, cry and warm your heart. Whether you’re married or single, go read this! It’s worth it.