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Love Is for Losers

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  298 ratings  ·  110 reviews
What a stupid expression that is in the first place: To fall in love.
Like you fall into a ditch or something.
Maybe people need to look where they’re going.

As far as Phoebe Davies is concerned, love is to be avoided at all costs. Why would you spend your life worrying about something that turns you into a complete moron? If her best friend Polly is anything to go by, the fi
Paperback, 508 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2021 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published February 23rd 2021)
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Sandy There is some pretty frank talk about sex, so that is something to consider - some 12 year olds (and their parents) are ready for that, and others are…moreThere is some pretty frank talk about sex, so that is something to consider - some 12 year olds (and their parents) are ready for that, and others aren't.(less)
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daph pink ♡
*me sees the title* why does it sounds like my entire teen life
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Things to love about this:
1. It's about a 15-year-old, an age group for queer teens that is not nearly as represented in YA
3. Thrift shop love story
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like Louise Rennison's type of humor
This is the type of YA I intentionally seek out, every year combing through every title promising humor and comedy. Judging by the fact that I usually find about 2 each year that perfectly fit my taste, my guess is, the pool of readers that are into this kind of writing isn't big.

Let me explain what I like:

1) diary format

2) biting humor that usually comes from British or Canadian writers

3) a flawed, often sarcastic or clueless narrator who isn't afraid to do or say some really dumb stuff.

Emer (A Little Haze)
This was such an engaging read. So honest and funny, and at times so heartbreaking.

A lot of the times in YA we complain that the characters don’t act or sound like teenagers. Well in this book Phoebe the MC is 100% a teenager. She’s 15 years old and is the most glorious medley of personality traits that all blend together to make her feel entirely authentic.

Phoebe isn’t always likeable.
She certainly has some dodgy opinions throughout the book... but that’s what makes her human. She makes mista
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
this whole book was a bit of a personal attack tbh I'm laughing but also crying.

a UKYA F/F novel with a heroine who veers on the younger side (she's 15, which I don't see as much of in LGBTQ+ focused YA), Love is for Losers not only covers the experience of falling in love for the first time, but also looks at the effects of exam stress and growing up. Funnily enough, in addition to the heroine having my cynical outlook on love, she also lives in my area of London and volunteers at a charity sh
Bookphenomena (Micky)
A strong British voice, something of an annoying character and a great diary format.

Review to come for the blog.
dnf @ 10%

sorry, i just cannot stand the main character or the writing style. we need more sapphic books for under 16 year olds but not edgy kids who make fun of humanitarians and people with disabilities
Two words: thriftstore romance. I didn't know I wanted that, but I really did.

This book is super funny - think Georgia Nicholson but gay - but it packed some real emotional punches too.
Umairah | Sereadipity
Oh I loved this. Phoebe's voice came through brilliantly and she was hilarious! ...more
Jessica | Booked J
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As always, a copy of this book was provided by the author or publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

For reasons unknown to me, I kept procrastinating Love Is for Losers. Although it sounded like an absolute must-read, in my opinion, I was a little nervous that I might be hyping it up a bit too much in my mind. Unsurprisingly, I was wrong and absolutely need to climb to the roof
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*4.5 Stars*
(Thank you to my Mum for typing this for me).
Thank you to NetGalley for sending me this eARC in return for an honest review.
This book follows the main character Phoebe who thinks love is for losers and vows never to fall in love. Phoebe starts this book feeling rather abandoned due to the fact that her mother, a Dr, is going to Syria for 6 months to aid in the humanitarian crisis (something she does often) and her best friend Polly has ditched her for a boy. But through a series of un
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Actual rating 2.5

Rep: lesbian mc & li, side character with Downs syndrome, side character with anxiety

Galley provided by publisher

This book was somewhat of a mixed bag. There were things I liked about it, but there were also plenty of things I didn’t like about it.

Love is for Losers is written as six months worth of diary entries from the main character as she lives with her godmother, gets through her GCSEs, and falls in love while her mother is away on a humanitarian mission.

I t
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~Love Is For Losers~

4/5 stars

I got approved for this book on Netgalley not really knowing too much about the plot besides that it involved a queer romance and had a really fun cover! This book was very British and reminded me of a mix of the movie Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging and the show Sex Education so if you liked either I think you’d really enjoy this book.

+I think the formatting really allows for a uniquely authentic teen pov. It really feels like a 15 year old wrote this s
Review: Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann // Or, A Grumpy Girl Catches Feelings

★★★,5☆ | *Heterosexual Love is for Losers

"I don’t have time to have crushes on people, I’m busy with exams. My brain is working on full capacity, I don’t have room for fluffy shit like this."

🐈 written in the form of a diary
🐈 unlikeable protagonist
🐈 f/f rom-com
🐈 chosen family and kittens

Phoebe is not the most likeable protagonist. She is judgemental, bad with people, and messes up a lot.

She tries to be better
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

I received this book as a surprise and contemporary books are outside of my comfort zone. So this is hard for me to rate, but I am really surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this read.

The book is in diary format which is new to me, but I believe that also made it very quick and easy to read.

In the beginning I didn't like the main character but she goes through a lot of development in the course of the book.

The story a
Sanna G.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.5/5 stars! ⭐️

This was a cute but at the same time honest, beautiful and heartbreaking read.

I really liked the main character Phoebe as she was very unique and not the typical “outgoing” heroine.

To me this felt more like a read for a teenager than for a young adult/adult like myself but I still really really enjoyed it!

Also really enjoyed the fact that it was a light and quick read even though the book looked quite big and intimidating.

Would really like to read more of the author in the fu
rayne ♥ [ IG: rayne.reads ]
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer, 2019, young-adult, faves
I told myself, "self, you're gonna need to read some middle-grade books before the holiday season starts because you're woefully behind and will have to suggest random books and coworker suggestions if you don't!! least read a YA that's not queer!" Of course I ignored such sage advice and read this WONDERFUL & BRILLIANT queer YA that's not even out until next summer!!!!

Love Is For Losers is soo funny and strange and clever! Phoebe's brain is a place you'll want to stay, but also it'll make
When I saw the cover for this book, I already fell in love a little bit with it. What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good cover. With that said, the book itself was a bit too YA for me. But that's not a bad thing. I'm in my 40's and this book will be perfect for the earlier teen set. I would say from 13-18 is the perfect age range. We don't get a lot of books about the earlier teens and I think this is the perfect book for those readers, especially those dealing with their sexuality and all the e ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux and NetGalley for an eARC of Love is for Losers. All opinions are my own, as usual.

DNF at 30%
Trigger Warnings will be discussed in the review:


I've never started a review off this negatively, but what I read of this book I think deserves it. Phoebe is the definition of a stereotypical 15-year-old who thinks the world revolves around her. I was really excited to read about a girl loving herself and being queer. Unfortunately, within the first few chapters
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love is for Losers follows Phoebe, a girl who has decided that love is the most dreadful thing to ever happen to someone. However, once she starts working at a local thrift shop, her perspective begins to shift.
This was such a fun book! It perfectly filled the Princess Diaries shaped hole in my heart, but with more sass and snark! Phoebe was an unlikeable character, seeing as she was an “edgy 15 year old”, but I found myself sympathizing quite often with her. The premise was light-hearted, and
Thanks to NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I will post that review- aka my ode to Phoebe’s greatness- upon publication.
Emily Fordham
❤️Love is for Losers by Wibke Brueggemann❤️
Heartwarming teenage antics.

This book was a tonic for the soul. I often find if you need a good lift and a bit of a refresh on your reading then a Young Adult book is a perfect go-to.

Love is for Losers has that perfect combination of lighthearted and meaningful, tragedy and comedy with a protagonist I just ADORED! It also took me back to my Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging teenage years but was, in my opinion, much much much better. I read it
Nikki Gomez
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book about Phoebe, a young high school student who is watching her friend fall in love and is not really keen on the whole thing. She is determined to not be that girl when she turns 16. That is her plan, at least. The story was filled with humor as well as a fair amount of teenage angst. Highly recommended for those who like YA novels written in journal form. Book generously provided by Edelweiss.
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite honestly one of the funniest books I've read. It gave me major Georgia Nicholson vibes from the get go, but ended up being so much more than that.

Wibke has created the most amazing group of characters, and I love how they each have their own personalities and are important to Phoebe's overall plot. Phoebe herself is just so effortlessly funny - a true testament to Wibke's amazing writing. I found myself cackling so many times.

I love love loved the format of diary entries - so readable and
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Stylistically not for me but would absolutely recommend to fans of the Georgia Nicolson series, as the diary style and narrative voice are deeply reminiscent (for reference, that wasn't for me either). ...more
Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

My initial review of this book, based on the first 2 months or so of the diary entries: I was not terribly impressed. There is zero narration in the book; the structure is entirely in journal/online diary format, complete with hashtags. We meet the POV character on a really bad New Year's Day, where her best friend has abandoned her for a boy and then her mother tells her that she'll b
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
About the book:
Phoebe is a 15 year old living in London who knows one thing for certain: love is for losers. Her best friend's gone crazy with it and her godmother is obsessed with finding it, but she knows it's not for her. When Phoebe's Mom decides to go on a 6 month Doctors without Borders trip, she loses it. Everything seems like it's falling apart at the same time: friends, family. Even GCSEs are coming up! When she's forced to take up work in a charity shop she meets a group of people who,
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
review to comePhoebe is sick of being let down by love. After her mom leaves her behind to save those injured in war, a father who died before she was born, and a best friend who was head over heels with a boy who wouldn’t know how to locate a clitoris on a map, Phoebe is determined to devote her life to sologamy. Who needs a partner when there’s all of outer space to explore anyway?

When Phoebe accidentally lets one of her godmother’s designer cats into the street, she feels guilty enough pay ba
Kristina Hart
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Love is for Losers by Wilke Brueggemann

“What a stupid expression that is in the first place: To fall in love. Like you fall into a ditch or something. Maybe people need to look where they’re going.”

Love is for Losers was the first book that I read this year, and it did not disappoint. I would say that this is a young YA LGBTQ+ contemporary novel. A coming-of-age fiction, so to speak. It is told in the perspective of a fifteen-year-old girl, named Phoebe. She is very cynical about love, she does
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Wibke Brueggemann grew up in northern Germany and the southern United States, but calls London her home. She originally studied acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts but ended up becoming a writer. She has a Master's in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University, where she was the recipient of the Bath Spa University Writing Award. Wibke enjoys traveling, and is a clandestine love ...more

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