Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review: Love Story

Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Published: July 19, 2011
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.


A story within a story is what Love Story is all about. Jennifer Echols wrote a charming book that creatively revolves around two characters re-writing their own life stories. Confused? The concept can be confusing, but Echols did a great job of keeping real and fiction separate. I knew exactly when the stories were fictitious, and when the stories were real. What a fun way to read a book! I’ve never read one that relied on storytelling as I did with Love Story.

When Erin Blackwell’s (thanks to her grandmother) inheritance is given to stable boy, Hunter Allen, Erin’s life as she knew it is done-for. She’s decided that running her family’s horse farm in Kentucky is not for her. Instead, Erin wants to be a novelist. In order to do so, she moves to New York to go to college. Working her way through crummy job after crummy job, Erin tries to get through her first year of school. All is going pretty well until Hunter, the boy she sorta loves, yet really hates, shows up in her Creative Writing class. Yikes!

I’m not going to lie, Love Story is a good book; however, it’s a very flawed book. I liked it overall, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Erin and Hunter had moments of such sweetness I loved this book. I thought I would have to give it a 5 of 5 just based on those scenes, then a maddening scene would pop up and I would drop the score back down. Although Erin and Hunter have history together, their history seems more rooted in anger and resentment, rather than love and romance. I found it hard to believe these two really liked, let alone loved, one another.

Although Love Story is cute, sweet, and funny at times, the overall tension between the characters annoyed me. I wanted to shake just about every character. I wish Echols could have made Erin and Hunter less bitter towards the other. Maybe, then, I would’ve believed they belonged together. Also, the end of the book was slightly rushed, which only added to the “un” believability factor. Maybe a few more chapters would have been nice. It would have allowed more time for the characters to develop nicely.

To conclude, Love Story is a good book to read if you’re looking for a summery, beachy, read. It’s received a lot of great reviews, so please don’t let mine stop you. I did like it, just didn’t love it in the end.

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4 comments:

  1. Aww. Bummer to hear you didn't love this like you thought you would, but honestly, this is about the overall vibe I've been getting from just about every review I've read so far... I won a copy, so I'll read it sometime, but *shrugs* 

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  2. 100% COMPLETELY AGREE, there is no need for me to write a review anymore because you just said it for me in these two lines "I’m not going to lie, Love Story is a good book; however, it’s a very flawed book. I liked it overall, but I had a hard time connecting with the characters."

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  3. See, the tension between these characters is what I loved the most in this story.  I'm a huge Echols fan though, so my opinion my be biased :P  I can't wait for you to read Forget You!! It's so, so good.  I already know you'll love it.

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  4. I agree with you. It was a good book but there was some problems when it came to us connecting with the characters. I expected too much maybe. I didn't get the main character and Hunter's relationship before (in Kentucky) or after (in New York).

    But I enjoyed the story discussions and the other characters made the story fun and interesting.

    Mary (mfay2) @ Anxirium

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