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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,290 ratings  ·  427 reviews
“Just let it go.”

That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.

Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parent
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Rachel Well, its a romance but not thriller or tragedy, so no. I don't think it would be a good fit for someone who likes all three in one novel.…moreWell, its a romance but not thriller or tragedy, so no. I don't think it would be a good fit for someone who likes all three in one novel.(less)
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Vayla Hadley and Sam did, in fact, end up together. They took things slow and the emphasis on the one kiss, in the end, was a symbol of that in my perspecti…moreHadley and Sam did, in fact, end up together. They took things slow and the emphasis on the one kiss, in the end, was a symbol of that in my perspective.(less)
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Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤

**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**

My heart is crushed within me, Here is the truth: You made me love you-your eyes and mouth and voice. You pulled me into your heart. You don’t want me there and I don’t want to be there, but it’s where I will always live.

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You know those books that just pop out at you when you see them? The covers that are beautiful, yet you know that by looking at the synopsis, this isn’t going to be one of those flops where the cover i
May 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
i wrote a tumblr post about this as well!!
If it were not this fabulous quote, I MIGHT have enjoyed this (although highly unlikely).

" if I hadn't known the guy since I was six, I'd probably report him as a terrorist threat" - eARC 5%

This isn't funny. Like, at all. Maybe it was meant to be funny or some form of joking with a buddy, but considering our history as a country, I digress. I just wish that Indian characters, Muslim characters, and many, many others weren't constantly put in this box
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Received from: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group
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Why this book?
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (of BADGER and Snake)'s review made want to read it

What I thought

This was heartwrenching! The romance was bittersweet, two people falling inlove with so much in common in all the wrong ways. It was a roller-coaster of emotion at times I had a stupid smile on my face , Other times I was mad, sad, swoony, frustrated and everything in between. This book just grabb
Laurie Flynn
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There are some books that make you forget you have an actual life outside their pages—a life full of responsibilities and obligations and things that have to be done. Books that make you feel like a kid again, hiding under the covers with a flashlight to fit in just one more chapter before your parents come to check if you’re asleep. Books you devour in one day because you can’t seem to stop reading.

SUFFER LOVE is such a book.

I don’t even know where to start. There’s hurt and betrayal and secr
S.M. Parker
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I waited a long time for this book, and not so patiently I should add. I’d seen excerpts of Blake’s debut novel over the last few months. I’d been tortured by the beauty of her short stories. I was totally intrigued by the concept of a relationship being doomed before it even began (who wouldn’t be??). So when I finally had SUFFER LOVE in hand it felt like a homecoming. And I settled in and devoured the story in one sitting.

Blake’s story is one of love and loss and of trying to figure out who y
Jeff Zentner
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Take note, fans of Sara Zarr and Rainbow Rowell: SUFFER LOVE is an achingly gorgeous, honest, unflinching look into the lives of two young people who find each other when they most need each other. You will love and root for these characters. They give pulse and urgency to the most mundane activities—going out to a family dinner; working on a class project.

This is a must-read not just for young adults, but for adults—to get a glimpse of how their actions can have repercussions that reverberate
Jaime Arkin
It’s kind of crazy how some small pieces of paper stuck to a door can change your life so completely.

Hadley St. Clair’s life was pretty great and then suddenly it wasn’t. The truth about her father and what he’s done has caused her perfect family to fall apart. When she meets Sam Bennett she thinks that things are maybe changing for the better… she has someone to talk to about what she’s been dealing with and how it’s made her feel and changed her life, but Sam’s got a secret of his own.

You fin
Anatea Oroz
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

I think I have read the description of Suffer Love when I first found out about the book and then totally forgot what the book was about. I was in a mood to read a cute, fluffy romance book and I have no idea why Suffer Love sounded like a cute romance to me. See what I did there? Suffer -> cute. Well, don't ask. I have no idea what was going on in my head and why Suffer sounded like it could be cute. It must be the Love part of the
Brooks Benjamin
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Life is so messy. Sometimes wonderfully so. Other times it's heartbreaking. And when I get a chance to read a book that somehow captures both ends of that smeared and smudged spectrum, I can't help but take it. Suffer Love is a book that does just that. We first meet our two main characters, Sam and Hadley, right at the moment when the universe has taken the normalcy of their teenage lives and twisted it into a double knot. It's bey
Loved the premise of this book. Loved the writing. But then. Then that ending happened and I am so not okay with it. I really, REALLY enjoyed this up until the last page.

I spent the whole book loving the progression of the relationship between Sam and Hadley and was wishing for a happy ending for them. It felt like the author cleared up the family issues but left a big question mark on their relationship. I am just not a fan of vague endings. Sometimes they work, but for this book I don't feel l
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
This book may have had its predictable and cheesy moments, but overall, it's a beautifully-written, heartfelt book. I definitely recommend it to romance fans looking for a read with a lot of heart.

Full review to come!
Lois Sepahban
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to read an advanced copy of SUFFER LOVE.

This story has all of the contemporary YA elements I love: star-crossed Hadley and Sam (I'm in love with both of them myself!), swoony romantic moments (oh, my WOW!), complicated family relationships (so many secrets), and their friends--Ajay and Kat, plus little sister Livy. Combined with a compelling story, the book is difficult to put down--I stayed up half the night to finish it. But this is not a light-hearted contemporary YA romance. The
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodnessssss. What a beautiful book. I got to read an advanced copy as part of an ARC tour, and I'm blown away right now. This is a sweet, tender, and achey romance. It's not light and fluffy--it deals with heavy, real-life stuff like acceptance and forgiveness and trust--but the actual relationship between Sam and Hadley is SO bright, refreshing, and lovely that it really buoys the heavier elements. A great mix of happy and sad tears, especially toward the end where practically every char ...more
Since I heard about Suffer Love, it has been among my most expected 2016 releases list. When I noticed that it was on Edelweiss up for review, I couldn't believe my luck. The synopsis, the cover and the awesome Twitter presence of the author all played a role in increasing my excitement, and pretty much the moment I downloaded the eARC of this to my Kindle, I started reading it and simply couldn't put it down until I reached the last page.

Hadley's life turned upside down the day she got home and
Jenn Bishop
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to read an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley. Blake's heartbreakingly realistic novel is told from the POV of two teenagers, Hadley and Sam. It doesn't take long for the two of them to learn they have something in common -- both are dealing with the after-effects of their parents' extramarital affairs -- but Hadley can't fathom how deep the connection lies... that Sam's mother is the woman her father was having an affair with. Uprooted from their old lives in Nashville, bot ...more
Amy Allgeyer
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh what a tangled web...of tension, secrets, and betrayal. Ashley Herring Blake's contemporary YA about star-crossed lovers is a can't-put-it-down OMG-fest. Every page turn reveals love, lies, laughter and, in the end, hope. I'm jealous of everybody who hasn't read this yet, because I want to experience it all again. I absolutely loved it. One of the best books I've read this year.
(I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Marci Curtis
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Guys. THIS BOOK: achingly beautiful, gorgeously written, brimming with feels. Absolutely LOVED IT.

Needs. More. Stars.
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
*ARC kindly provided by HMH Books thru Edelweiss for review.*

Cheating:  to take something from someone by lying or breaking a rule.

Cheating is such a sore topic not only for me but for the majority. Who does like cheating? No one right? I have no remarkable life changing experience that involves cheating but I do know that when this word somehow got involved in your life, it will be messy and dirty and tough.

Suffer Love isn’t the first story that has this element as its topic but it is the first
Robin Reul
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Warning: Do not read this book unless you have a good supply of Kleenex within arms reach from the very beginning. This page-turning story of secrets, lies and an intense but doomed from the get-go romance will have you riveted. Ashley Herring Blake's addictive debut is sure to get a lot of buzz amongst the crop of 2016 debuts. ...more
I loved the premise of this book, but when it came time to read it, I just kept putting it off.

I loved Hadley and Sam. I loved them separate and even more when they were together. They're each struggling with something and they're angry and handling it in similar ways. So of course it makes sense that they would find comfort in each other. And Sam's inner monologue when it comes to Hadley is perfect.

There's definitely some shit that goes down and the inevitable push away. I would have liked to
Emily France
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I received an ARC of this book and quickly realized it was going to be one of those stories filled with characters who wouldn’t let me go. It’s a hyper-realistic story about star-crossed lovers, friendships, and how parents’ mistakes ripple through the young lives around them. The characters absolutely glittered in my mind; they were vivid and real and compelling. The story is told from the points of view of both Sam and Hadley, and it was a joy to see the tale unfold from their eyes. Each voice ...more
Really loved the angle this took on being the children of divorced parents, with a dual-POV romance that showed the different ways parental infidelity tears families apart. Exactly the kind of romance I love to read, with lots of messiness and memorable side characters. And oh, God, Livy - I just wanted to hug her the whole time, and I could not stop picturing her as Jenny Humphrey circa season 3, which was great <3 So looking forward to reading more by Ashley!
Sarah Ahiers
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a full of strong emotions and strong characters and strong pace, which all read me to read it in under three days. I could not put it down.

I was lucky enough to snag an early copy of this as an Arc and I'm so glad I got a chance to read it.

Hadley is a girl who's struggling under the stress of a fractured family. Her dad had been having an affair for over a year and her mother spends all her time at work or either making vindictive little stabs at her father, and Hadley's father spe
Erin Schneider
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!
I don't know if it's possible to express how much I loved this book. Blake's writing is beautiful, poetic, and her sense of humor had me trying to conceal laughter at 2am in the morning!

I loved every single character in SUFFER LOVE -- Hadley, Sam, Kat, Livy, Ajay, and even both of Hadley's parents...all of them will make you feel ALL THE FEELS, I promise. From Ajay's fantastic one-liners, to Sam's quick wit and charm, to Hadley's dad...even though I wanted to hate this man so much, some of the m
Alisha Klapheke
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When a story weaves hit-me-in-the-gut emotions with a humor that has me wanting to tweet all the things, it becomes one of my favorites. Ms. Blake accomplished that with Suffer Love. Not only does she paint with Shakespeare references that delight my swoony heart and mind, but she also brings real characters, real laughs, real suffering, and real hope.
Jenny Moyer
I devoured this book. I was hooked by the premise--I knew I was in for a great read--but then I started reading and oh. My. Gosh. Blake knows how to write dialogue. And the voices of her two main characters . . . I found myself free-falling into this story, into characters so well-drawn I needed to know them and everything that was happening to them. SUFFER LOVE is one of those kinds of reads. Delicious, like homemade cake that you keep sneaking extra helpings of. I couldn't put it down. The the ...more
madandelion [hiatus 160420]
"It's not too late. "
2.5 stars
Wow, I don't know what to say about this. I was really looking forward to reading this book. Clearly I'm in the minority here, because all I'm seeing are 5 star ratings of this book. But I can't conjure up anything in my mind that would validate that. In my opinion, the story was totally unoriginal and stuffed with bad clichés.

(Mild spoilers ahead)
Consider a girl and a guy. The former's father used to have an affair with the guy's mother. The spouses fou
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
Before reading this, if you would've told me that I:
A. wouldn't like it, and B. that it features a god awful joke that actually turns out to be a jab towards POC, I seriously would've thought you've lost your mind. If you've been a reader of my blog for a while, or just chat with me on twitter, then you know that I am the biggest fan of all things bookishly dysfunctional. When I first discovered that Suffer Love showcases a very screwed up family dynamic with the aspect of cheating, I was so onb
Sarah Alexander
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake had my heart in a vice from the first page. Two broken families, raw emotion that will turn your insides out and two teens trying to fight their way through the trail of destruction caused by their parents. The dual POV allows the reader to experience the hurt and betrayal that’s torn both families apart, but it also provides space for the superbly executed romance to bubble and fizz away beneath the layer of anger and sadness. This book contains everything th ...more
Rae Parker
I was fortunate to read an advanced review copy of this book. This story is full of wit and heart. Told in alternating points of view between Hadley and Sam, SUFFER LOVE takes the reader on an emotional journey. Ashley Herring Blake’s debut novel is a fabulous read. I look forward to more stories from this author.
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Ashley Herring Blake is a reader, writer, and mom to two boisterous boys. She holds a Master’s degree in teaching and loves coffee, arranging her books by color, and cold weather. She is the author of the young adult novels Suffer Love, How to Make a Wish, and Girl Made of Stars (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and the middle grade novels Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World and The Mighty Heart of Sunn ...more

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