Saturday, January 31, 2015

ARC Review: Love Hurts

Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman

Publisher: RHCP Digital, 2015
576 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Anthologies, Short Stories
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Malorie Blackman brings together the best teen writers of today in a stunningly romantic collection about love against the odds. Featuring short stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers from stars such as Gayle Forman, Markus Zusak and Patrick Ness, and with a brand-new story from Malorie Blackman herself, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak.

My Review:
The synopsis makes you believe that Love Hurts was to be a collection of new and original works by these authors, but in all truth only five were new, and others were pulled from other existing books, a large portion of which I  had read already. Blackman has curated a bundled of romantic scenes from Young Adult novels and smashed them all into one, Which was confusing.

With pulling the extracts from completed work already is that readers may no connection or knowledge of the plot. Issue with being given random excerpts is that because we were not given the entire beginning of the story, It most often felt rushed and alot like instant-Love, so the pacing was off most times. Most excerpts made me feel like i had just walked into the middle of something. I struggled to pick up what was happening, why was a couple fighting (I had no idea what lead them to that state or even who they were). 

Even though I had problems with this book, Love Hurts shows that love maybe painful it can still be beauitful. i provides us with everything from awkward first meetings to first kisses with a handsome man to an all consuming relationships, but reminds us that everyone experiences love, soldiers, siblings robots, friends, strangers, and online acquaintances.

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