Monday, April 2, 2012

Review of Love Story

My review of Love Story by Jennifer Echols is based on a paperback copy of the book that I purchased for myself. The following is my honest review of the work.

Goodreads Summary: "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."

Jennifer Echols is one of those authors that you hear a great deal about in certain realms of the blogosphere, unfortunately she is also one of those with tons of works to her credit making it difficult to pick one from the many to start with. However, once I happened upon Love Story I knew I held an obvious winner. The second that I knew it was about students dueling through their assignments in a creative writing course I just had to get my hands on it.

I feel as if I have been saying this entirely too much lately but I can't help it, I've stumbled on to a great set of reads as of late...Erin was such a relatable character. Like Erin I share a love of writing, though I'm entirely too self-conscious about it to ever brave a creative writing program in New York City of all places. I think my absolute favorite thing about her was the fact that she was brave enough to write a romance story for her class, not just any class though but an HONORS one. This takes guts. Guts I'm not even sure I have. I love the stance that she takes with it too. She stands up for romance in a world where a lot of people would sweep it under the rug. You go, girl!

Hunter was the dreamy, swoon-worthy sort of hero that at times seems straight out of a historical romance novel. As a devourer of these types of novels, including the occasional bodice ripper, I love encountering their younger counterparts in the YA genre. He was cocky without being overly arrogant, sexy without being sleazy, and just the kind of guy you could find yourself daydreaming about while still knowing you stood a chance with him. He wasn't, you know, out of reach? Totally boy next door, literally.

I loved the concept of the dueling stories, the dual perspectives, and the way that by retelling their stories or putting their feelings into words you get an entirely different story then the true facts. You get to see the events as they felt it happened, or should have happened; as a reader you get an added depth to the story which I really appreciated. It was so unique! I adored reading both Erin and Hunter's stories, the way that they would play off of each others' works as well communicate to one another through their writing.

If Love Story is anything like the rest of Jennifer Echols' works I can guarantee I'll be devouring them all as soon as I can get my hands on them, it truly earned it's four out of five star review.

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