Sunday, January 8, 2012

Review: Love Story - Jennifer Echols

Author: Jennifer Echols 
Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Pages: 256
Read in: 2 days


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 local 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.

D, A, & P's Review:
Once again, Jennifer Echols has succeeded in writing another charming novel for all of her YA readers. "Love Story" was an amazing read. We literally couldn't put the book down. As a reader, we felt for the main character, but were also highly frustrated with the lack of communication between the main character and her "antagonist/lover."

Erin is a rich farm girl who is recently stripped of her trust and inheritance, by a guy she secretly lusted after. Echols does an amazing job of portraying Erin's (the main character) feelings of betrayal, lust, jealousy, and spite. Erin goes on to pursue a career in creative writing, and is determined to do so despite her living conditions, school stress, and her job at the coffee shop. Everything changes when a certain farm boy joins her creative writing class.

Hunter, the farm boy, is primarily portrayed as deceitful and manipulative. Although, it took some warming up, his personality gradually shifted to a sly, caring, and charming guy. Each time Erin and Hunter are alone, you can practically feel the sparks flying.

Erin's grandmother, the reason for Erin's stubbornness and hostility, never once sits down for a talk with Erin. Thus, the frustrating lack of communication. Overall, Echols was able to provide a tense, but humorous environment for the reader to enjoy.

This is the third book we've read by Jennifer Echols, and we haven't regretted picking up any of them yet. Each character she creates is vividly drawn, a reason why so many YA readers love her. We would definitely recommend "Love Story" to any YA romance reader.

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