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Love, and Other Things to Live For

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Jessica Wood is an aspiring photographer living in London. She’s had her heart broken, and her friends have pieced it back together again.



But across the neon lights of Soho, in the smell of alcohol and cigarette smoke, on every night bus, in every song, every time she tries to forget: she remembers him.
 
Now, in a battle between the past and the future, choosing between hav
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 18th 2019 by HQ
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Whispering Stories
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Reviewed by Stacey on www.whisperingstories.com

Jessica Wood, Jess, has just had her heart broken. Nine months after she first began dating Charlie and three months after moving in together the relationship is over. On top of this, she is out of a job and homeless. The only comfort she has are her three best friends, Amber, Sean, and Marlowe.

Amber offers Jess her old room back at her flat and Jess decides that she wants to take her life in a different direction, including her career training
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Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)


This is the debut novel by Louise Leverett and I do have to say I am impressed, it wasn’t exactly my kind of reading but I have to give credit where credit’s due and say that this has a real quality about it that I had not expected.

Going by the blurb, I had unoriginally thought that this would be a fun chic-lit come coming of age story, but it is more more a journey of self discovery and shows just how important true friends can be.

The main character’ Jess is in the midst of a life breakdown, a
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Cheryl M-M
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One wouldn't be wrong for thinking, just purely based on the playful and colourful title and cover, that this is a spirited and funny story about life and love. It is so much more. It's literary fiction, it's a work of great depth even though it purports to glide glibly across the surface of emotions, relationships and the meaning of life.

It's the story of Jessica as she navigates her discovery of self, after the collapse of her romantic relationship throws her into a self-destructive spin. The
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booksofallkinds
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher

Unusual, full of depth, and with plenty of moments that will get you thinking, LOVE AND OTHER THINGS TO LIVE FOR by Louise Leverett is a unique story that will capture your heart and imagination.

Three months after moving in with Charlie, the man that she loves, Jess finds herself single and back living with her friend Amber in their little flat in London. Heartbroken and completely unsure about what she wants from life and love, Jess throws her
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thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
A great contemporary read, fun, with characters that are easily identified with and you really connect with. An entertaining and enjoyable story, well written and great pacing


Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
Kel
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is different to what I expected and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope my review will encourage you to grab yourself a copy! Many thanks to Nina Douglas & HQ Stories for inviting me to take part and read this brilliant book.
When I saw the book cover, the colours jumped at me straight away and I was requesting to take part and read the book, as I just knew I would enjoy it. This story follows the ups and downs of Jess who feels she has reached adulthood and is still lacking directing, t
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Book Inspector
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The protagonist in this book is Jess, a struggling photographer, heartbroken after separation from her boyfriend, she is trying to piece her life together with the help of an amazing group of friends. I really liked Jess's friends, they are very believable but at the same time supportive and amusing personalities. I have mixed opinion about Jess, I liked her character and her determination, but at the same time, her decisions didn’t make sense to me sometimes, especially when it comes to men.

The
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MGH
May 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
For such a good title and premise, it was poorly written and the plot languished. There are some good ideas here, but overall, they were underdeveloped and I think the book needed to be worked through a bit more before being published. I picked it up because I, like the main character, recently left my corporate career path to pursue creative endeavours, so I thought it would be a fun and encouraging read. But in the end, the characters were unrelatable and the story was cliché without being wel ...more
peppersocks
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reflections and lessons learned:
“All the fibres of my so called life...” “between hunger and hangover...”
Love, career, randomness of friends and life in London, but a yearning for finding things good for the soul and future. I always fancied being a photographer too...I thought that I disliked the end at first but then got it
Claire
May 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5
Trish Hills
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Full review is on my blog Tishylou.blogspot.com
Kirsty Stanley
3.5 stars

This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting from the synopsis. There was slightly more romantic love in it. Now considering that is the largest word on the cover it shouldn’t really have shocked me. I guess as a single woman I was expecting an ode to being on your own and surrounded by good friends.

Instead this book is a much more nuanced look at the many varieties of love - friendship love, romantic love and most importantly self love. It’s about navigating and negotiating life and dr
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Louise Leverett graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London on a full scholarship before moving on to study at the Lee Strasberg Institute of Film in New York.

Since establishing her own business ‘Rock the Tribes’ she is now working on a collection of writings that will eventually be turned into adaptations for screen.

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