Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mini-Reviews on Love

So Halloween is in a week, and other than my giveaway, my blog hasn't been very festive. This post won't be either. But let's pretend like there's nothing scarier than love.

The Lover's Dictionary
by David Levithan

This is one of the most creative books I've ever read. It's a love story told in dictionary format. I didn't know what a lot of the words meant, but it was definitely worth it to look them up. There's so much irony and word play as the dictionary entries match up with the story. It's also in a sort of "500 Days of Summer" format, with the story not being told in chronological order. But where 500 Days lets you know which things happened before or after other things, this book doesn't. My big complaint was that I couldn't tell how it ended.
That's kind of important. So, super creative idea, but points off for having an ambiguous ending. I couldn't even tell if it was purposefully ambiguous, or if I had just missed something in there somehwere.
Mixed 3.5/5

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E Smith

I wanted to like this so much, and I just didn't. It starts off cute enough, with Hadley and Oliver meeting at an airport. I wanted a silly love story, and there are some fun moments with them flirting and getting to know each other during their flight. But then they land and the whole book went downhill for me. I didn't care why they were on the plane, who they were meeting up with, etc. So when lots of time gets devoted to family trouble and things that are not cute fluff, I was disappointed.
In the end I just didn't care about a large chunk of the book.
Skip This 2.5/5

love? maybe
by Heather Helper

This was a fun romance that did exactly what I expected/wanted it to do, and I really liked it. Piper works in a candy store, so there's lots of deliciousness, too. I probably could have done with less of the family issues here (I just don't like family issues in my love stories) but there are still lots of sweet moments. And candy!
This was exactly the kind of fun, fluff romance I was wanting to read.
Read This 3.5/5

Have you read these? Did you figure out how Lover's Dictionary turns out?


  1. I thought TSPOLAFS was cute. Yeah, it was a little issue-y but I liked it. I really want to read Love? Maybe.

    1. I think it was just me/the mood I was in, because everyone else has enjoyed it. Love? Maybe is lots of cute fluff. :)

  2. I still need to read The Lover's Dictionary! And I think the reason you didn't like TSPOLAFS was exactly the reason I *did* like it :)

    1. I think you'd like The Lover's Dictionary. It's pretty sweary, though.

  3. Lover's Dictionary: they stay together, even after all they've been through.

    1. That's what I was hoping for, but then I kind of doubted myself. It's good to know. :)