Out of Love
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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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. ...more
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 ...more
Its a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
>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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more