Book Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Review of Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Goodreads rating: 4/5 stars
my rating: AWWW with a touch of UGH
This book, at the title implies, is a love story. But not in the conventional sense. It starts with Erin in creative writing class at a New York university. It’s her turn to have her story critiqued. She’s used her own personal experience of growing up on a horse farm in Kentucky for the setting, the character modeled after her and the boy that worked in the stables with his father. A boy she’s always felt a connection with even though she rejected him as her equal when school started in seventh grade. She’s sure her dreams of becoming a famous author will begin this day after her classmates read her story.
And then her “stable boy” walks in to join the class. She’s mortified but no one knows they know each other. This sets of a chain of events where the two spin around each other, coming close only to be pushed away by one or the other. Their sparring reaches epic proportions as their stories for class get more and more personal and racy. Only their close friends know the truth. Things get harder as their feelings pull them closer and closer together. In the end all the pieces of their stories fit together to tell a love story—one still in the making.
Overall I think this book was sweet. I loved how Erin and Hunter play off of each other. Their friends are equally entertaining especially Manohar and Summer. I thought the book started out a little slow, though, and Hunter seemed way too cool and smooth. But even thought it’s slow it eventually starts laying out the history of the two and how the mistakes of their pasts of lead them to where they are—in the middle of a love story they are writing as they go along.
Both of them screw up countless times but it seems Hunter made the most effort to fix things. Erin just gave up or thought the worst of Hunter at every misstep which was kind of annoying. I really enjoyed the richly painted settings of New York City and Kentucky. I’ve never been to either (well I think we drove through Kentucky and Louisville when I was on a high school trip for orchestra one year) but I could completely picture these two places.
But I think what I loved the most was all the unresolved sexual tension and angst. I’m a junkie and can admit it.
The thing I hated the most was the end because it just… ENDS!!!! Maybe it’s just me but I wanted to see what Erin’s grandmother thought of the whole thing. To actually see Erin and Hunter work things out.