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One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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it was ok
bookshelves: arc-drc, contemporary-romance, read-in-2016, standalone

Unpopular opinion:

This book just was not for me. I have a few friends who loved One True Loves dearly and I was so excited to read, but unfortunately it just didn’t work as well for me.

Objectively there isn’t anything seriously wrong with the story. In fact, the premise of the heroine losing her husband, eventually moving on only to find out her husband survived. Absolutely intriguing.

Here is my problem. I did not connect. The way the book was structured and the fact that the author put the evolution of two complete relationships into a 350 page book was too much and too little all at the same time. For the first 40-50% I felt like the story was told to me instead of shown. As a result I felt like reading a list of chronological events without feeling like I experienced them through the characters. I simply did not connect. I didn’t feel the love between the characters enough to make me miss them when they were gone, or came back for that matter.

So around 50% I started to speed read. I have to say there were some very emotional parts towards the end, but then some of the characters actions were very questionable, even though they were in impossible situations, I just had a hard time understanding them.

I guess it comes down to tastes. There are people who love this book and the author’s style to no end and I wish I was one of them. Ms. Reid has a way with words and a feel for very unique stories, but I’m afraid the style is just not my cup of tea.



**ARC very kindly provided by publisher (via edelweiss) in exchange for an honest review.





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Reading Progress

February 1, 2016 – Shelved
June 1, 2016 – Started Reading
June 1, 2016 –
30.0% "Damn it. I want to love this book, but the struggle is real. So not feeling it. What is wrong with me?\n \n "
June 1, 2016 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen I hope it's a winner Flo <33


message 2: by Lo Bookfrantic (new)

Lo Bookfrantic Sorry Flo that this didn't work for you.


Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦ Well, sometimes the writing style doesn't work for you ... and that's okay :) Great, honest review, darling :) ❤❤❤


message 4: by Doris (new)

Doris Honest reviews are always appreciated..sorry this one didn't work for you.


message 5: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen So sorry this one was not what you were hoping for Flo. I must say that you wrote this review with class, nicely said my friend!!!


message 6: by Heather (new) - added it

Heather C At least you are honest in your reviews. Not everyone can like everything.


✦❋Arianna✦❋ Great honest review, Flo! xx Sorry it wasn't better for you! :(


Christie«SHBBblogger» Respectful and well written review, Flo. I hope your current read is going much better. xo


FMABookReviews Great review, Flo sorry it didn't work for you! ♥


message 10: by Jessica's (new)

Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession Great review hun :)


message 11: by Elle (new)

Elle Sorry it was a bummer, better luck with your next read :)


Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘ Sorry it was a bust, Flo :/ Great honest review though <3


Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤  OMG what???? :/ sorry you didn't like it..Hope your next book is better <3 <3


Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ We can't love them all, babe. Well said.


Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog Great review Flo!!
Sorry this didn't work for you, but thankfully it was an ARC because her books are too damn expensive!! LOL
xoxoxo


message 16: by TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover (last edited Jun 02, 2016 09:32AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover " but then some of the characters actions were very questionable, even though they were in impossible situations, I just had a hard time understanding them."

same for me Flo! Sorry you didn't enjoy this one more. I wasn't a huge fan either


Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞ great review Flo...hope ur next read is better!


message 18: by Sabrina (new)

Sabrina Sorry it wasn't a winner :( Great review!


Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-» Great, honest review, doll! Sorry you couldn't connect to the story. I hate it when that happens. But, you can't win them all. Hope your next one is a winner! :D xoxoxo


Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle Sorry this was a dud, Flo:o


message 21: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Great honest review huni xxx


ღFloღ the coffee addict Loyda wrote: "Sorry Flo that this didn't work for you."

It's ok, we can't love them all. Thanks, hun!


ღFloღ the coffee addict ✤Maria✤ wrote: "Well, sometimes the writing style doesn't work for you ... and that's okay :) Great, honest review, darling :) ❤❤❤"

Thank you, Maria! I was really sad this didn't work for me. Sometimes I wish I could love some books as much as others do. :(


ღFloღ the coffee addict Doris wrote: "Honest reviews are always appreciated..sorry this one didn't work for you."

Thank you. I was hesitant to write this, but I'm glad I did.


ღFloღ the coffee addict Kathleen wrote: "So sorry this one was not what you were hoping for Flo. I must say that you wrote this review with class, nicely said my friend!!!"

Thank you so much, Kathleen. I tried to be diplomatic, but still be honest.


ღFloღ the coffee addict Heather wrote: "At least you are honest in your reviews. Not everyone can like everything."

Yes, I always am. I just have a thing for loving a lot of things, but when I don't like something it's usually a big fail. Thanks, Heather.


ღFloღ the coffee addict Arianna wrote: "Great honest review, Flo! xx Sorry it wasn't better for you! :("

Thanks, Arianna!


ღFloღ the coffee addict Christie«SHBBblogger» wrote: "Respectful and well written review, Flo. I hope your current read is going much better. xo"

Thanks, Christie. Yes, I had a big win after that. :)


message 29: by ღFloღ the coffee addict (last edited Jun 04, 2016 04:37AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

ღFloღ the coffee addict FMABookReviews wrote: "Great review, Flo sorry it didn't work for you! ♥"

Thank you, Angela!!


ღFloღ the coffee addict Jessica's wrote: "Great review hun :)"

Thanks, Jessica!


ღFloღ the coffee addict Elle wrote: "Sorry it was a bummer, better luck with your next read :)"

Thank you, Elle. xx


ღFloღ the coffee addict Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘ wrote: "Sorry it was a bust, Flo :/ Great honest review though <3"

Thanks, Elise!


ღFloღ the coffee addict Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤ wrote: "OMG what???? :/ sorry you didn't like it..Hope your next book is better <3 <3"

IKR? I was bummed out about this. I really wanted to love it. Just wasn't for me. :(


ღFloღ the coffee addict Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ wrote: "We can't love them all, babe. Well said."

Thanks, Allison. Also for enduring my complaining about this. :( You are the best. xx


ღFloღ the coffee addict Patty ❤️❤️ Belongs To ❤️Kellan❤️Jesse❤️Lautner❤️Miller❤️Garrett❤️Dean❤️Liam❤️Beck❤️ and Archer❤️❤️ wrote: "Great review Flo!!
Sorry this didn't work for you, but thankfully it was an ARC because her books are too damn expensive!! LOL
xoxoxo"


Amen, sister. I would have been really disappointed if I had bought it. Thanks, luv!!


ღFloღ the coffee addict TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover wrote: "" but then some of the characters actions were very questionable, even though they were in impossible situations, I just had a hard time understanding them."

same for me Flo! Sorry you didn't enj..."


Oh I'm so glad to see I'm not alone. I honestly felt like I was reading another book than the rest of my friends. Just a no for me.


ღFloღ the coffee addict Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞ wrote: "great review Flo...hope ur next read is better!"

Thanks, Sharon.


ღFloღ the coffee addict Sabrina wrote: "Sorry it wasn't a winner :( Great review!"

Thank you, Sabrina!!


ღFloღ the coffee addict Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-» wrote: "Great, honest review, doll! Sorry you couldn't connect to the story. I hate it when that happens. But, you can't win them all. Hope your next one is a winner! :D xoxoxo"

Thank you, Maida! I was really sad this didn't work for me. Oh well, I had a win after this one.


ღFloღ the coffee addict Michelle wrote: "Great honest review huni xxx"

Elle the ClosetRomanceReader aka Leftie aka Shoebelle wrote: "Sorry this was a dud, Flo:o"

Thanks, ladies!!


message 41: by Aisling Zena (new)

Aisling Zena Great honest review Flo! Hope your next one is better! :)


ღFloღ the coffee addict Aisling Zena wrote: "Great honest review Flo! Hope your next one is better! :)"

Thanks, hun!


message 43: by Maya (new)

Maya Nice review. Hope your next book will be better. :)


Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth Fab honest review, Süsse! Versteh ich total.


Candace Great, honest review, Flo! Sorry it wasn't a win for you. :)


message 46: by Paige (new)

Paige Fab review, Flo!


ღFloღ the coffee addict Paige wrote: "Fab review, Flo!"

Candace wrote: "Great, honest review, Flo! Sorry it wasn't a win for you. :)"

Astrid - ☆☆☆ Vanilla & Spice Books ☆☆☆ wrote: "Fab honest review, Süsse! Versteh ich total."

Maya wrote: "Nice review. Hope your next book will be better. :)"

Thanks, guys!! xx


Jennifer Kyle Terrific review Flo!! :D


ღFloღ the coffee addict Jennifer wrote: "Terrific review Flo!! :D"

Thanks, Jennifer!!


 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕ Well that sucks. Sorry this didnt work out for you hun. You win some and you lose some I guess :( Great review xoxo


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