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Out of Love

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,917 ratings  ·  356 reviews
A novel for anyone who has loved and lost, and lived to tell the tale.

As a young woman boxes up her ex-boyfriends belongings and prepares to see him one last time, she wonders where it all went wrong, and whether it was ever right to begin with. Burdened with a broken heart, she asks herself the age-old question . . . is love really worth it?

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 11th 2020 by Unbound
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Mar 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
so basically, this is written by hazel hayes, an irish woman i would die for, and its blurbed by aisling bea, an irish woman i would die for ...more
Dodes Clork
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this book will utterly shatter you
starting at the end and getting to know and understand these two characters more as they move back in time is a guaranteed way to leave you bawling at the final chapter; full of hope and excitement for a relationship youve already read to be doomed.
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, but it also hurt me and broke my heart which is incredibly rude. We follow our unnamed female protagonist as she is parting from her long-term, live-in boyfriend. The book then goes in reverse, recounting events until we get to the end of the book and the day she meets Theo

Because this love story starts at the end, at the breakdown of a relationship, the pacing and drive of the story is unlike anything I've read before. I wanted to keep reading to find out what led to this
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was really excited to read this book and would like to preface by saying that Hazel is an absolute gem. There are also some really lovely lines and moments in the book but there is a reason why we dont tell stories in reverse- it just doesnt work. The book doesnt go anywhere, the first chapter is the break up and the last chapter is how they met. As such, the rest of the book just confirms the things we already know from the offset (and dont particularly need to have explained).

Its a
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I didnt like the concept of reverse storytelling.
The main leads boyfriend was a douchebag. He has broken up with her. The first chapter basically tells the whole story.
The whole book is about how they came to the point of break. Its pretty obvious. The reverse going was confusing. Also we hate the guy so why would we like to know how she met him.
This book was sad and depressing. Theres no outcome. We know whats gonna happen. My attention span is already very low. If the book doesnt have any
Emily Fox
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I saw Hazel's tweet asking for reviews from people who've finished the book already, so figured I should lose my goodreads virginity!

Since Hazel first made a video asking for donations to fund writing this I've been really looking forward to reading the book, I enjoy her storytelling style in vlog format and short horror film, but if I am honest with myself I'd give this a 2.5 out of 5 (though can't select that, so hit 3 instead of 2!)

The woman can write, there's no doubt, but this just wasn't
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don't know very much about Miss Hazel Hayes but I was very excited to read Out of Love! It was a unique concept and it looked like it would be the perfect book to curl up with.

Unfortunately, I was wrong. Hayes writes very well - her descriptions were articulate, her sentences flowed nicely. What fell flat for me was the characters.

We already know how the story is going to end. We know Theo and our nameless protagonist are going to break up. So there had to be something that held our interest,
konstantina  avouri
"Do you always deflect difficult emotions with humour?"

It's not everyday that i get to finally find and read a book that it's gonna end up being one of my all time favorite reads. I finished it hours ago and i still don't think that i can put into words how much i connected with the heroine and how i found myself not wanting to keep reading cause i simply didn't want this to end. Hazel Hayes is a total genius for making this book start with the ending of the relatioship and finishing it with

Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
(Between 2.5/3 stars)
I was pulled in by the concept of this but Im not sure it worked for me as a reader, I found myself losing interest, towards the end especially and I did have to stop and think about the timeframes and work out where exactly I was in their relationship multiple times, I personally would have liked this better not in reverse.
There were definitely some positives to this though, there was a sentimental, honest transparency in the writing of these characters as they were
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a clever book. It starts at the end and works the reader back to the begging via a narrator who is also the main character. Despite knowing the ending one remains glued not because one is hoping for a magical change to the ending. One reads this because the writing is talented. The characterisation is impeccable. The realness and the rawness of the story is all too familiar and the humour interspersed throughout keeps one giggling between the sad tears that might flow. It is the tale of ...more
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
You cant fail at a relationship. Thats like getting off a roller coaster and saying you failed because the ride is over. Things end. That doesnt mean the experience wasnt worth it.

*2.5 stars
Unlike Holly Bournes The Places I've Cried in Public, I dont think that the narrative style worked for this book. To be honest, I wasnt able to sympathise with the main character here, which might have been my biggest problem. From the beginning, the reader knows that Theo is a horrible man, but, after
Ali Kennedy
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful. I loved so much about it and urge everyone to read it.

The tale of a breakup told backwards is such a great concept and it really helped us to explore the relationship between Theo and our unnamed narrator, in a unique way. How you feel about each of the characters really evolves over the duration of the book. The characters are so well developed and authentic that you really become invested in them. My heart broke multiple times throughout the course of the novel.

The plot
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This premise is SO GOOD. Honestly, I really love sort of outside of the box formats in books and seeing a relationship develop from the end towards the beginning of their relationship is so interesting to me. Out of Love might not be for everyone. Some might be annoyed with knowing how the relationship will end and having to go through the whole relationship. But to me, this was a really interesting exploration of love, life, and trauma. You slowly get the full picture of all characters and ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book with my whole heart. Every time I was reading it I was very aware of how fast I was devouring every word. A love story in reverse, I was very sceptical as to how I would be surprised; knowing we start with the main character post break up, ending with the couple's first meeting, but even the ending (or beginning) had me emotional. If you know of Hazel, reading this book is like watching one of her videos. If you don't know of Hazel, you should. Of you're in need of an atypical ...more
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quality of writing: 5
Plot development: 4
Pace: 5
Characters: 4
Enjoyability: 4
Ease of reading: 5

This one kicked me in the guts... Thanks Hazel.
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-goods, 2020, arc
this hurted.
When I finished this book, my Kindle displayed that I still had 13% left. I was shocked and dismayed. Which isn't to say that the ending wasn't satisfying. But I definitely would've taken more.
This falling out of love story was definitely vaguely reminiscent of The Last Five Years, which is a delightful musical streaming for free on YouTube right now... you're welcome. It opens with a breakup that gets more painful as you move backwards through time and see all the good moments.
Karis Gorst
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

ive been following hazel on youtube for roughly eight years now, and i remember on a panel at a youtube convention in 2017 she said she was writing a book. i feel quite honoured to be honest to have almost followed this book since its early stages. i know youtuber books have a massive stigma but PLEASE dont let that you put you off reading this book. if anything, hazel is really just a writer and director who USES youtube to share her work.

the book itself is simply excellent. the
Alice Watkinson
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heartache
Witty and painful. Makes your heart hurt but in a good way??
Margarida Lopes
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The way the story is told - backwards - is such an interesting concept! I loved it
Abbie Naylor
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Inês Gueifão
I was really hoping I would love this one but unfortunately I didnt. The concept seemed super interesting but it ended up not being well achieved. Without exact chronological definitions (e.g. X months ago or even a date), I spent the beginning of most chapters being confused about where exactly in the relationship we were.
I found both main characters to be lowkey unlikeable and we find out what made them break up fairly soon in the story so I didnt care all that much to know how they met,
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Unbound for an ARC of the International Edition of Out of Love.

Out of Love tells the story of a young woman and her partner and the ending of their relationship, The twist to this is that the story is told in reverse, you begin with the end of the relationship and steadily progress back to their meeting.

This is a debut novel and that is very clear in the writing style, as with many debuts it feels as though the author is adding too much detail in the wrong places and not enough where
Theo is a big A , but it takes two to tango. Wth! Threesome???!! 🤷♀ ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I will from now on aggressively advise everyone to read this. Now. Why are you not reading it yet?
Emily Bevis
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Could hardly put this down lovely lovely lovely
Sue Jenkins
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read this with Pigeonhole over 10 days. What can I say? I absolutely loved this book. It was such a novel way to write about a relationship ending and the poignant ending was just right! We got insight into the characters and were given reasons why things happened, but in reverse! I would wholeheartedly recommend this book! Thanks Pigeon and Hazel!
Nicole Pinto
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
If I actually had a paper copy of this book, I would have flung it across the room at the end. Its basically a love story in reverse, but its literally all over the place, and left me unsatisfied. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. ...more
rory gilmore
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
>main character is never named (probably hazel)
>starts at the same age as hazel
>long term relationship gone bad (thinly veiled jack howard? perhaps the ollie guy?)
>58 (same as hazel)
>the youngest child of the family (yep, same as hazel)
>parents divorced when she was young (oh, yes... hazels did too...)
>irish (you guessed it - same as hazel!)
>ginger (do i need to keep saying it?)

this list goes on and on and on. this book isnt being marketed as biography (or even a
Jul 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
What I can say is: I read this book, and now I want to fall asleep.

This book had me intruiged by the premise, and didn't manage to grab me by the excecution. The first chapter is well written enough. It was a very tell and not show kind of book, the characters felt a bit surface level.

I feel like this book would have worked better as a screenplay, maybe. I feel like Hayes has a better grasp on structure and dialogue and rhythm, than prose. There were a few writing cliches I picked up on that
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, contemporary
You can't fail at a relationship. That's like getting off of a roller coaster and saying you failed because the ride is over. Things end. That doesn't mean the experience wasn't worth it.
Marketed as a study of love in reverse, Out of Love features a set of vignettes from breakup all the way back to the meeting between angel and stormtrooper.
I felt luke-warm going into this book, mostly having picked it up because I know the author off YouTube and the concept seemed promising. By the end of it,
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