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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I Owe You One, an utterly delightful novel about a woman who ditches her dating app for a writer's retreat in Italy--only to find that real love comes with its own filters

"As close to perfect as romantic comedies get."--Jenny Colgan, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop on the Corner

Call Ava romantic, but she t
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Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Expected publication: October 27th 2020 by The Dial Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes! This is hilarious, humorous, entertaining, heartwarming! This is a real winner!

I’m a big fan of author’s works and her last two books “ I owe you one” and “ Surprise me” were a little disappointing for me. ( Actually since I’ve read “ I’ve got your name”, I haven’t found any of her books so much adorable. I truly missed her optimistic, clumsy but likable heroines and smart,funny, feel good stories like first books of Shopaholic series and “ Can you keep a secret”, “Twenties girl”)

But here
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Sheyla ✎
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Love Your Life or Ava-Land and Matt-Land was quite an entertaining and sweet novel. The end of the book left me with a big smile on my face.

Yet, the beginning of the book didn’t do it for me. I thought "oh no, this is an insta-love story" which is my least favorite. How wrong was I? Very. I ended up liking it quite a bit more than I thought.

Most surprisingly was that I liked all the main character's friends too. There is Nell who has some serious health issues but she doesn't play the martyr
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Theresa Alan
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

One of my common complaints with romances and women’s fiction with romantic elements (this novel is the latter), is that I don’t fall in love with the hero. In this book, I liked the hero just fine, but found the heroine insufferable. She’s relentlessly upbeat, and it got exhausting. She keeps trying to ignore all the ways she and Matt aren’t actually compatible, and her mantra is essentially, “Stay positive! Look at it this way and not the way it actually is!”

Ava and Matt meet at a writing retr
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Katie B
I am a big Sophie Kinsella fan and have read the majority of her books. I actually prefer her standalone novels over the Shopaholic series. So of course I was excited to get my hands on a copy of this book. Unfortunately I wouldn't place this one among my favorites but everything came together quite nicely by the end so at least I finished it on a positive note.

Ava lives in London, and signs up for a remote writers' retreat in Italy. Attendees are encouraged to not share their real names with th
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Jessica Kafka | JustReadingJess
Love Your Life is an entertaining book. It is a typical Sophie Kinsella book with a cute story line, fun characters, romance, and laughs. Sophie Kinsella's books always make me happy and this is no exception. Love Your Life is a perfect book for something lighter during 2020.

Love Your Life is about a women, Ava, that is done with online dating and goes to a writing retreat in Italy. At the retreat everyone makes up new names and doesn't share any personal information. Ava falls in love with Matt
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Christina
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love Sophie Kinsella’s warmth and sense of humor, and both are on full display in this sweet book. I love Kinsella, so I didn’t read the blurb and just dove in, which I think is a good way to go with this book because it doesn’t take the expected chick-lit path. In the beginning, our heroine is at a writer’s retreat in Italy where no one gives their real name. She goes by “Aria” and meets a gorgeous man named “Dutch.” They have a whirlwind romance but come to an agreement not to ask eac ...more
Tina
This is a romance/contemporary book. I have read mixed reviews about this book, and I was getting scared to read this book because I really have been looking forward to this book. I have to say I loved this book so much. The beginning was a little slow and I really did not love how fast the characters fell in love, but then the book token a 180 turn. This book is so different then most chick-lit or women's fiction. This book had a real feel after the first a little bit. I have to say the charact ...more
Lacey
Despite being more predictable than a virgin's period, Love Your Life was, at its core, a pretty fuckin' hilarious and über cute read. Without a doubt, it was a step up from Sophie Kinsella's last novel, I Owe You One, which was uncharacteristically lacking the signature spark that I've come to expect from her books. Thankfully, with the publication of Love Your Life (which I'd argue is her funniest book yet), it would seem that Ms. Kinsella has reclaimed her mojo and laid the fears to rest that ...more
Andrea Pole
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella is another fun, lighthearted romp from the author of the beloved Shopaholic series, of which I am a huge fan. Ms Kinsella and I must share a similarly quirky sense of humour because I always find myself laughing out loud at many of the antics of her hapless heroines. This one will certainly make you smile as you embark on Ava's rocky road to romance.

Ava is on a writers' retreat in Italy when she meets 'Dutch', a pseudonym given the class rules of remaining anony
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Apoorva
Aug 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
I'm one of those who love chick lit. Plus I love this author. So, my fingers automatically added this one and they don't listen to my brain that says we've grown past the 15 year old who swoons over British girls falling for American guys (mostly).

And here you've seen the epic example of body betraying mind syndrome. No need to look for them in idiotic books.
Jennifer
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks
4.5/ 5 stars

Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors. I'm pretty sure that I've read every book that she has written. So I was beyond excited to read her newest book, Love Your Life.

This book is Chick Lit and takes place in London and Italy. The narrator is Ava (1st person POV).

Ava is quirky and funny and I loved her right from the start. She has a dog named Harold and best girlfriends named Nell, Maud and Sarika.

The book begins with Ava going on a writing retreat. I loved this part of the
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Ashley Dang
Jul 16, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a hot mess of a book and sadly it did not work for me. Initially I was hooked by the premise and I had really liked a lot of Sophie Kinsella's other works, so I thought that this would be right up my ally, but oh boy how wrong I was. Reading this was like watching a reality tv show where two people hook up and then immediately date, aka: red flags everywhere. Barely spending a week together, they both decide they love each other without knowing anything about the other person. Once they ...more
Jamie
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I flew through the first half of this book, thinking to myself that Kinsella has redeemed herself after some of her previous books have been let downs for me. I laughed out loud more than once and that's what I love about her quirky writing and characters.
Then Ava just started to get down right whiny, annoying and I wanted her to grow up. I adored Ava & Matt's friends and the dog Harold- they made the entire book for me.
The plot seemed a little weak and underdeveloped for me but overall it was
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Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]


At first I was going to bump this down to two stars on the premise that 'it's been a month since I read this book and I remember nothing', but actually the more I thought about it the more it came back to me. I don't remember the heroine's name, but I think the hero's a John... let me check that.

Oops, no, he was a Matt. Guess I don't remember as much as I thought. But the plot is still firm in my mind, so let's just go straight to that...

Ava is pretty much the definition of a free spirit. S
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Caitlin Reads
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always loved Sophie Kinsella’s books! Can You Keep A Secret and I’ve Got Your Number are two of my favorite books. However, I had felt it hard to connect with her last couple books and was questioning whether she would remain an auto-read author for me. I am happy to see Love Your Life redeemed her for me and I really enjoyed the book. It features romantic and whimsical Ava who is an aspiring writer that attends a writing retreat in Italy where you have to call everyone by an alias. Ava w ...more
Dianne
Sep 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book sounds interesting. It sounds like it should be an excellent relaxing pop-corn read, something that you breeze through quickly. Not for me. I was wondering why when I was reading this that my stomach was burning and in knots, I had a stress headache, and I felt depressed -now that I've finished this ARC, I know why.

It is said that a person's brain reaches its adult growth stage at 25. Now I don't know if that is true or not, but with these two characters, I would have t
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Eva 🌻
1.5 ⭐️

I want to start this off by saying I am a huge Sophie Kinsella fan. I own and love all of her books, that's why I was beyond excited when I received this ARC, especially since Ava is my name too (spelt differently, ha)! So it greatly disappoints me to say I could barely make it through this book, I strongly disliked every single character. Everything about this book felt amateurish and if Kinsella hadn't written it, I would've dropped out very early on.

Ava, a writer who strongly believes
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Elle's Book Blog
My Rating: 4 Stars
Genre Chick Lit

LOVE YOUR LIFE by Sophie Kinsella is another charming and witty read by the author. Filled with her trademark humor, quirky characters, and unique plot, fans are going to love this read! While some of the book dragged a bit for me (especially in the middle), when I think about the story as a whole, I can’t help but love it. I’ve been reading Kinsella’s books for years and while I loved some more than others it all comes down to this: no matter what the book, Ki
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Stephanie
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Love Your Life was pretty classic Kinsella. The story was cute with charming, if sometimes very frustrating, characters.

There was a lot that I enjoyed about this book. The cast of characters and quirky situations they found themselves in made me laugh out loud often. While they all were a little unbelievable, Ava and Matt’s group of friends were definitely my favorite part of the book. I loved the scenes when they were
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Chelsea
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit, arc-copy
3.5 Stars!

I'm glad that this book is not at par with her previous releases which sadly, wasn't it for me.

This book has some laugh out loud moments that had me smiling while reading it. Although, do not expect well matured characters because as with her previous books, mostly, the heroines are not.

Still, it was an enjoyable light read especially if you're kind of stress with our current situation. Perfect for chicklit lovers.

ARC provided through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Shireen Hakim
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women
Cheers to Sophie Kinsella for providing readers her most hilarious romantic novel when they most need it.
LOVE YOUR LIFE is reminiscent of one of Kinsella's early hits, CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET: a wacky heroine who clashes with her impassive yet enduring romantic interest.
However, In LOVE YOUR LIFE, Ava is a mature version of CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET's Emma Corrigan, and Matt is a warmer, more developed version of Jack.
Amidst her customary romance, Kinsella leads her protagonists and their best mates
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Tani
Jul 13, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
It's Sophie Kinsella. Do I need to say more?
Kirsty
Sep 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Special thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review

I really wanted to like this book. The premise is fun - a woman meets a man on an anonymous writing retreat, they fall in love without knowing the personal baggage they bring to the table, and then they try to make it work outside of the writing retreat. Fun, right? But no. Not fun.

I just truly didn't like the main characters at all. There was no chemistry between them. They weren't comp
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Wendy'sThoughts
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sophie Kinsella Fans, Romance
3.5 Accept The Real Stars
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Sophie Kinsella's Love Your Life takes the idea of being on vacation from who you are...to another level. We have Ava who is tired of the push to meet people online and how frustrating it can be. It is all apps, algorithms, statistics of body types and age...and no humanity.

She has had enough. The last breakup was the thing to push her to do what she has always wanted. With a wish to be a romance novelist, she decides to go to Italy
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Natasha | readwithnatasha
"I don't want to sound dramatic, but he's crystal meth. In a good way."

It wouldn't be Sophie Kinsella if you didn't get a little anxiety over the main character and then end up loving the book in the end.

Ava has a lot going on - she write brochures, she's writing a novel, studying to be a certified aromatherapist, and has a small collection of "rescue" furniture. To give her the push she needs, she heads off to a writing retreat in Italy, where she meets a man. The twist is, at this retreat, y
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Melissa
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always been a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella and will read what she writes, no matter what. Thankfully, all of her novels are fun and humorous, so that makes my job easy when it comes to both reading and reviewing them!

Love Your Life was a cute story overall. It made me think of 90 Day Fiance in how couples seem to be in love when they don't know much about each other, and then the rose-colored glasses come off when they are thrust into each other's worlds. That seemed to be the case for both
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Sarah
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars.

I’ll start off by saying this book was a tad bit exhausting.

Ava and Matt meet at a retreat in Italy, they don’t know each other’s real identities, but they seem to h it off, and things seem to be perfect until reality sets in and they have to go home to London. They begin a relationship but start to clash and have challenges. Can they love each other but not love each other’s lives?

Ava and Matt should have been two mature adults, but for most of the book they were just going back and
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Meredith Schorr
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book was delightful, charming, romantic, and hilarious, which should come as no surprise to anyone who has ever read a book by this author. What I found especially impressive is that Kinsella weaved so much heart, depth, and character development into the book without bringing down the tone/mood. Both Ava and Matt learned and changed so much from the first page to the last. Harold the dog was adorably terrifying! Both sets of friends added so much to the story, and I loved how protective of ...more
Helen Power
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review coming soon!
Angela Branham
Cute concept, interesting couple, though slow at times. Ava meets the man of her dreams at a writers retreat; they're not allowed to tell each other any background info... but fall madly in love. Of course, real life hits them hard upon their return to reality! Can their fragile love withstand past relationships, unaccepting family members, and all of those other little annoyances that tend to impede progress?!
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