Sunday, May 25, 2014

Love Story: A Book Review

I have really been loving Jennifer Echols’s books right now; I recently read and reviewed Going Too Far and Forget You, which I really enjoyed!  I picked this book up recently and hauled it in my April book haul.  I was hoping that this would be a quick read because I was waiting on my Divergent trilogy box set to be delivered.  However, it was not a quick read for me.  I read this on and off while reading Divergent and Insurgent.  I just didn’t really get into the storyline for some reason.  :/

Title: Love Story
Author: Jennifer Echols
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication Date: July 19, 2011
Pages: 243
Out in Paperback?: Yes; July 19, 2011
My Rating: 3/5

Goodreads Summary:

She's writing about him. he's writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines..

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions--it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter. . . . except this story could come true.


I think this is what really lost me throughout the story.  I did not connect with any of the characters.  Erin is a rich girl from Kentucky, who was raised on a horse farm and moved to New York to pursue her education at college in creative writing.  I was initially interested in this dynamic; however, Erin turned out to be too obsessed with her writing career.  I am all for motivated, but certain moments, like when she was defending her story to constructive criticism, annoyed me as she seemed too irresponsible.  I didn’t find it believable that she was college-aged.  Hunter, the handsome stable boy, seemed a bit more realistic and tolerable.  The miscellaneous friends seemed very random, with little to no development, similar to Erin.


I thought I would really enjoy this story – New York City, a creative writing class, and two people with a past meeting in a new city.  However, the whole dynamic between them seemed really fake.  As stated in the Goodreads summary, Erin wrote a story about Hunter in her creative writing class, before she knew he was in the same class.  Throughout a majority of the novel, Erin is trying to prevent Hunter from telling the professor that he is the guy in that story, so that she can pursue a writing internship.  First of all, why would he tell the professor?  How would that help him?  Also, how would that hurt Erin’s chances at the internship?  I guess I just didn’t understand why it was that big of a deal for Erin, going back me not connecting to the character.  This whole dynamic just felt like a weird set-up to what you can only assume is them getting together.

Writing Style:

Similar to other books by Jennifer Echols, I did enjoy the writing style.  I didn’t think it was amazing, however, it wasn’t too young or immature.  I think the characters’ personalities were really what caused me to lose interest in this book thus taking me about a month to get through it.

Have you read this book?  Have you read other books by Jennifer Echols?  What did you think?

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