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Our Year in Love and Parties

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  62 reviews
In this poignant, funny, and romantic novel, four nights of epic partying will see two teens through their highest highs and lowest lows over the course of one unforgettable year. Perfect for fans of Gayle Forman and Mary H.K. Choi!

Tucker knows that some relationships take work. With his best friend, Bobby, and his mom, everything is simple, steady. His dad, on the other h
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Published October 8th 2019 by HarperTeen
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Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
3.5 stars.

This was such a fun and cute little story. Not too unrealistic and light but very enjoyable at the same time.
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
"Fine," she said, with the biggest eye roll she could manage. "Bring on the star-crossed bullshit."
I wasn't expecting to be so enamored by Our Year in Love and Parties, but here we are. This is a beautiful story filled with nostalgia, hope, and pain and I couldn't put it down. I honestly don't think I can write a coherent review because it would just be me stating and restating everything I liked over and over, but I'll try.

I loved the format of the story. We see snapshots of Erika a
Liza Wiemer
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This novel is so GOOD!

And bonus: One of the things that I love about it is that Erika, one of the MCs, is in college. We need more books with older YA!

It's written in dual perspective, alternating between Tucker and Erika. To watch how their friendship and connection grows over the course of four different parties over a year is so cool. They both bring baggage to the relationship. I was impressed with how Karen dealt with the issue of slut shaming. There is a shocking dad scene that illum
Laurie Flynn
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an absolutely beautiful book. I love a story that feels genuine and goes deep emotionally, and OUR YEAR IN LOVE AND PARTIES delivers in spades. It's sweet without ever being cloying, which is hard to accomplish. Karen's writing is phenomenal. Her language is evocative and intricate, and she has a true gift for dialogue that feels consistently authentic. As I read, I could visualize each party, and the interactions between Tucker and Erika. With themes of rebuilding trust, finding yours ...more
Melanie  Brinkman
Life is it's own special sort of party.

After working together at The Cave, Tucker began crushing on Erika. Even after the summer work season ended, they never forgot each other. But when The Cave closes, they unexpectedly find each other once more. As they go about their lives throughout the next year, they can't seem to stop running into each other. Just what will this mean for their hearts?

A story of two young souls trying to make sense of the world. A tale of foraging your own path rather tha
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars for the realest YA novel i've read in a long time—maybe ever. i'm so impressed with this novel's pacing, its capturing of my feelings about love AND parties, its wittiness, its timeliness, and above all, its socially just treatment of characters and themes. just flipped the last e-book page, and i'm grinning like an idiot! ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the personalities of the main characters, which made for a fun read.
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Dec 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF-ing this at 45%. I genuinely tried to finish the novel, but it just took too much time and energy. I'm already at 45% and I still feel like there's not much going on. ...more
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
Definitely not as cool as it could’ve been. It started out great, but by the time the Christmas party finished up, I was pretty much tuned out on these characters. Tucker was way too sensitive for a guy... for my liking anyway. He was just always blurting out TMI about his feelings and it was just— STOP. Erika was too far the other way. She never wanted to have feelings except being defensive and salty. These 2 never gonna make it.

From the jump I want to say the concept of this book is very cool
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book should not have wrecked me. With a cover like this, with a title like this, I should not have been gasping for air to keep from crying at the 3/4 mark. But I’ll be damned if I wasn’t saying, “oh god oh god my heart oh god no I can’t,” while reading the third of the four(ish) parties portrayed in this phenomenally affecting YA novel. I’ll be honest: was expecting NOTHING from this. And yet the emotional and psychological arcs that Tucker and Erika take in this book - both apart from one ...more
Ms. B
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Our Year in Love and Parties is a wonderful, poignant coming-of-age, shaped by the messiness of life's complexities. Eloquently written, with strong and well-developed characters - the story touches many important topics from toxic masculinity to slut shaming.

All, I can say is Tucker and Erika captured my heart.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Told in alternating perspectives, we see two people falling for each other over a year, culminating around 4 parties. This book was character driven and checked every box for realistic fiction. I didn't go into this book thinking it would become a favorite this year but here we are. Wow, what a stunning story. I absolutely could not put this book down. ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 stars

Tucker had been crushing on Erika the summer they worked together at the Cave, and found that there was still a spark after their separation. They were reunited at a Farewell Cave party, and I had the pleasure of seeing their relationship morph and change over the course of one year and four parties, and I loved every second of it.

I am actually shedding tears of joy as I write this review, because I ADORED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!! It was just so beautiful. It made me feel a truckload
Jordan Francoeur
I would never have considered picking up this novel and devouring it at the speed I did. As another reviewer observed, based off the title and cover art, this novel's literary value and the enjoyment I got from it, was a rather unsuspected experience. Even the first line didn't draw me in but damn. shortly thereafter everything about One Year in Love and Parties had me turning one page after the next. By structuring the story in four different parts, the author cleverly and carefully pieces toge ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The characters sucked me in. There is a clear will they/won't they connection between them from the start, but each has their own story that is engaging on its own. The succession of parties anchor this at a specific time in life that straddles the line between adolescence and adulthood, and the conversations between the two main characters beautifully show the range of what is important in a relationship at that time. The story is well crafted to be set across a series of interesting events tha ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clear-eyed portrait of that time between late high school and early college, when "adult" conversations and problems can be overtaken in an instant by a video game battle, a Harry Potter debate, or a fake fire alarm. The dialogue shines and reflects the tension between uncertainty and excitement as the characters navigate the transition from one stage of life to the next. While we care most about Tucker & Erika, the secondary characters feel like old friends when they appear. If you've been thro ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I loved being back in high school for a few days. Hattrup really manufactured some very real and engaging characters and put them in a genuinely interesting world. I felt like I was immersed in that world too - amidst the urgency and minutiae and cataclysms and drama and fun and fear and listlessness and fun again of high school. And high school parties. And the relationships that happen therein. I really didn't want this to end. ...more
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(I received a free eARC from Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: Our year in love and parties by Karen Hattrup (2 stars)

Our year in love and parties by Karen Hattrup
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 2/5 stars

(Synopsis from Goodreads) 

Tucker knows that some relationships take work. With his best friend, Bobby, and his mom, everything is simple, steady. His dad, on the other hand, seems to only show up when he wants to bring Tucke
Elizabeth Sanchez
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Originally posted on Ideally Inspired Reviews

Here’s the thing…..I absolutely LOVED this book.


Okay okay, you probably want to know WHY I loved this book, the entire point of the review.

So let’s break it down.

In the book, we have our two main characters: Tucker and Erika. Now, there is a small age difference (teeny-tiny), but Erika is older than Tucker by two years. He is going into his senior year of high school and she is going into her sophomore
Tucker apologizes a lot...this is one of those books in which a lot happens, but also not a lot happens? Like there is no definitive plot, but there is a story and you learn a lot about the character's life.

One of the MC's is college aged which was pretty cool.
Margot Harrison
"Tucker used to think falling for someone meant entering a private world ... Now he felt like that wasn't true at all—if anything, it reminded him how much he needed other people, other kinds of love."

I think my No. 1 favorite thing about this book is encapsulated by the quote above. This is a romance in context. A romance where the two people falling in love don't run away or shut out the world; instead, they help each other to deal with the world better, to bring the world in. And the strength
Kathy MacMillan
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I am not a party person. Whenever I see one of those rom-coms where people are dancing on tables or playing beer pong, I cringe – because the idea of being around a big group of people, most of them drunk, is not now and never has been my idea of fun. But Karen Hattrup’s new novel, Our Year in Love and Parties, goes far beyond the “party night” tropes of teen books and movies to explore the evolving relationship of its two main characters – the sensitive Tucker and the jaded Erika. ...more
Sarah Louise
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well darn, I’m so upset that I didn’t end up enjoying this. I read a short preview and immediately purchased it because I loved the concept. I thought I loved the concept.

It follows Tucker and Erika, former coworkers, through four glimpses of time—four(ish) parties—which define the turning points in their relationship.

Unfortunately ... With the jumps in time, the story felt messy. I couldn’t connect to a single character. Tucker has a rocky relationship with his sick father. Erika is still dea
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another lovely book by Karen Hattrup. This novel tackles a lot and is definitely more emotionally draining than one would expect out of a YA novel (but perhaps I'm just a novice to the genre). It starts off sweet rom-com, but buckle up! Unlike her last novel-- which I loved, but was more reflective-- this novel is more dialogue driven, but still beautifully written and deep. For me, the novel successfully captures something authentic about party conversations (the novel takes place over a series ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first thing I want to say is how much I love Tucker's personality. He's such a funny goofball with a great heart. All of Tucker and Erika's friends were really awesome too. They reminded my of my high school friends. This book was heavier than I was expecting at times, but then it was balanced out with hilarious high jinks. I found myself grinning like a freak as I was reading, and even laughing out loud at times. The depth of the circumstances both Tucker and Erika faced added authenticity ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Read the full review on my blog:

Instead of the typical flow of time that most stories follow, Our Year in Love and Parties jumps in time from party to party. This is the second book I've recently read that was written like this (see review of Maybe This Time) and while I though this one was better executed, there was still too much time in between parties and I was just not a fan of it. I felt like I never got to really know any of the main characters
Karen Fortunati
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored Karen Hattrup's Frannie and Tru and Our Year in Love and Parties shines just as bright! Tucker, struggling with the unwanted/guilt-ridden return of his father, can no longer deny his feelings for Erika. Erika, still in free fall from the aftermath of a bad decision caught on video, fights her growing attraction to Tucker. Over the course of basically four parties during the year, Erika and Tucker come to terms with the inner conflicts and their feelings for each other. Hattrup is a gorg ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
Being as this is an entire book about what happens at parties, I didn't expect much. Surprisingly, this format worked so well and the author did a masterful job of weaving together the events that took place over the course of a year. The romance was very slow to build and instead focused on friendships and family and making the leap from high school to college. I loved both Erika and Tucker and rooted for them the whole time. The final party was not my favorite and the ending didn't seem to flo ...more
Erica Raquel
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was good. The concept was really interesting to me but somehow the author made the story flow even though it’s split four times over a year. I liked the main chapters a lot especially the hero. I love sensitive men 🥺 and Erika had been through so much that seeing her grow was satisfying.

It isn’t my favorite book ever but I think the author did a great job putting this together. It wasn’t choppy and I was interested most of the time.

Also a lot of good life lessons and quotes I forgot to mark
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I was a little frustrated with all the obstacles that kept popping up to keep these two apart. I get that the story wouldn't have an "antagonist" without that aspect, but so many issues would of been resolved if these two characters would of talked to each other a bit more. A plus for this book was that slut shaming was not OK and I did enjoy the fact that Erika was the older and more experienced partner. I developed a crush on "puppy dog" Tucker myself. ...more
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