Hi everyone! I have the pleasure to be today’s stop on this great blog tour and to be sharing my review of Love and Other Things To Live for by Louise Leverett.
Jessica Wood is an aspiring photographer living in London. She’s had her heart broken, and her friends have pieced it back together again.
But across the neon lights of Soho, in the smell of alcohol and cigarette smoke, on every night bus, in every song, every time she tries to forget: she remembers him.
Now, in a battle between the past and the future, choosing between having a life and making a living, finding her feet or spreading her wings, Jessica must ask herself: who is she really living for?
Love and Other Things to Live For is an ode to modern girls and triumph over heartbreak, perfect for fans of Holly Bourne and Dolly Alderton.
This is the debut novel by Louise Leverett and I do have to say I am impressed, it wasn’t exactly my kind of reading but I have to give credit where credit’s due and say that this has a real quality about it that I had not expected.
Going by the blurb, I had unoriginally thought that this would be a fun chic-lit come coming of age story, but it is more more a journey of self discovery and shows just how important true friends can be.
The main character’ Jess is in the midst of a life breakdown, a promising, aspiring photographer she is living in the lights and smoke of London on the outside Jess has it all, but inside she is screaming and a dishevelled crying mess who after having her heart broken she has taken to the path of self destruction as she tries to make sense of her life and find her way to her won happiness.
I will admit that I am in two frames of mind about this, on one hand it is a fascinating look into the life of a twenty-something women living the high life in London, a woman who goes as on a self-destructive journey which ends in self discovery. And one the other hand, I couldn’t relate to Jess or the story, I felt that there was something essential; missing from it. That missing item was relatability, I am a reader that likes to relate in some way to the character’s and if I can’t – like I couldn’t here – then it does ruin the whole story. Which is a shame as, there is a lot of real depth and heart in this.
But, even though the story didn’t quite work for me, it will for many, many other readers out there. It’s not a light read, there is a real heavy feel to it especially as Jess goes on her self-destructive moments. Recommanded for those who like the more edgier, thought-provoking stories.
This was a complimentary copy via the Publisher and authors PA in exchange for an honest review, as apart of this blog tour, thank you Nina!
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