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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Things I Know About Love by Kate Le Vann

Title: Things I Know About Love
Author: Kate Le Vann
ISBN: 9781606840788
Publisher: Egmont
Page #: 153
Source: From My Library

"Livia Stowe has never been lucky in love. While her friends were going to parties and dances and on dates, Livia was being shuffled in and out of hospitals, making her dating life difficult.

But this summer is going to be different. Cancer-free for over a year, Livia's boarding a plane to visit her brother as he studies abroad at Princeton University. She's determined to make the most of her trip, recording every moment of it in her private blog. Maybe she'll even have a fling with a cute college boy!

America is bright, exciting, and filled with romantic possibilities. And then she meets Adam, and her plans for summer fun become so much more. Entranced by the magical New York City that he shows her, Livia is smitten, but is she really ready to risk her heart again?"
First Lines:

"I think this is it: I think I'm going to die. There's this little loose bit on the wing that keeps flapping up and down - is it supposed to do that? The flight attendants are smiling and chatting away with each other... they wouldn't do that if the plane was going to crash-would they?"
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I should have really read some reviews of this book before I hopped willy-nilly into it. Silly me, I was expecting the story that was in the summer - a happy-go-lucky love story. I guess that's what I was hoping for. That's not quite what I got. I'm not sure how much I can review this book without giving away the ending. But I'll let ya know if I go into spoiler mode.

Now, I started out this review very harshly. Honestly, I was prepared to tell you all about how much I loved this book. How the characters were so lovable and sweet. I had tons of "aww" moments thinking about the love of these two crazy kids. How perfectly things worked out for them. It's just a really sweet and wonderful story.

I like surprise endings. I really do. But not this kind.

Okay, okay... I gotta do some spoiler stuff.... so skip this if you don't want serious hints.
So I realize that the main character's sickness is a main portion of the book. I understand how important it is to the character and all of that. Really, that's one of the reasons I loved her - because she was broken before we meet her and she's on the mend. So if you've read the book, you know why I dislike the ending so much. It's abrupt. And it's almost without feeling. Almost.

okay, semi-spoiler over. It's not that spoilery, so you can read it if you want. You know... if nothing else, this book elicited an emotion from me. Both sadness and irritation. Irritation that this book made me cry. I hate that, really. I'm one of the few, I know.

One of the things I really liked was the blogging format without it seeming bloggy. Because it was a private blog, it was almost like reading a diary instead. Except she could remember more than I ever could when writing in my journals (exact convos and all that) :). But it felt very real like that. I was very much a fan. I'm also a fan of all the British-isms. I've been known as an Anglophile in the past, so this book brings that right to the front.

This was a really, really fast book (as in, less than 24 hours by far) and light and happy until the ending. I think fans of Sarah Dessen or Nicolas Sparks will get into this one - even though it's no where near as long. I'll probably be handing this book to them in the near future. I couldn't find any websites for the author, so you'll just have to settle for other people's reviews:
Other Blog Reviews:

Dear Author
Steph the Bookworm
Book Blather
Chick Loves Lit
A Maze of Books
Write Away


brizmus said...

love Sarah Dessen, never read Nicholas Sparks, but I love the movies - this book might just be for me!
thanks for the review!

Jessica Lawlor said...

Blah, I skipped over the spoilers part bc I really want to read this book! I'll let you know what I think!

Samantha Rowan said...

This is absolutely tantalizing. Can't wait!

Alison said...

Thanks for the review. I feel like I've read a lot of this book. I think I must have skimmed it at the bookstore. From what I remember, I agree with your review.
Alison Can Read

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