First Book of 2016

F*ck LoveHave you ever read a book synopsis, fell in love, and then after the first couple of chapters think…wait, what is this, I didn’t sign up for this. F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher has the makings of a great book. Girl falls in love with her best friend’s boyfriend and then must decide what to do about her feelings. However, Helena, the main character does not discover that she is in love with her best friend’s guy over time, but wait for it….in a dream. A time travel dream. And she lost me….

But wait…I should give the book a shot, expand my horizons, right? Ok, I powered through and am so glad I did. This book was unlike anything I thought it would be, both good and the not so good. What I thought would happen (ie. the typical plot) did not happen, but what did happen was…good.

Tarryn Fisher’s writing style is witty, funny, sarcastic. Almost as if you know instantly that you and she could be friends.

Someone once told me that it was on of Oprah’s favorite restaurants, but seriously, Oprah has a lot of favorite things—it all sounds like lies at this point.

F*ck love explores not only the ups and downs of love, but female friendship too.  Helena’s constant struggle with her best friend, Della, is one that all women can relate to.  The roles that both women play in the friendship, some willingly and some not so willingly.

I love Della, God I love her.  I’ve known her since we didn’t have real personalities, and we relied on Tiger Beat to tell us which boys to have crushes on…

On her quest to find love with Kit, Helena ultimately is on a quest to find herself.  Some of her choices are puzzling, and some didn’t make sense, but one thing I am happy about is that this was not a story that was wrapped up  nice and neat.  No, this story was developed.  I found myself surprised when I looked to see how far I was in the story thinking that the obvious end was coming and I was only at 56% (Kindle reader).

F*ck Love has all the elements of a great book in my opinion.  Great writing, unique characters, witty banter, a love story, and angst.  I loved the process of reading this book.  I literally couldn’t put it down.  It’s one of those rare finds that makes you remember why you love reading…to find out what happens next, what becomes of these characters, etc. However, the last 15% of the book was all over the place. The book felt as if it had too many elements and plot twist that made the ending lack luster.  One thing that isn’t lackluster is Fisher’s way with words:

Contrast is important in life.  We understand what light is because we can compare it with what we know is dark. Sweet is made sweeter after we eat something bitter.  It’s the very same with sadness.  And it’s important to experience sadness, to embrace it in order to truly know happiness.  

 

 

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