Monday, March 21, 2016

F*ck Love - Tarryn Fisher

My book slump is over thanks to Tarryn Fisher and F*ck Love, it was everything I needed to read and then some. This review will be totally rambling, but I can't help it, this is the kind of book that weighs on your heart and mind and I just have so many feelings pent up that I am going to spit them out all at once.

Rating: 5 Stars
Published: December 31, 2015

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Helena has a dream, a dream that she can't shake, a dream that leaves her believing her best friends boyfriend may just be her future. He's everything she isn't, but he's particularly unavailable. Helena does everything she can to do the right thing to ignore her heart, but the dream changes her life and soon her heart takes over.

"I ignited something in your heart, and then left you to burn on your own." 

The plot was perfect and so unique. I didn't pick this book up due to my friend's mixed reviews regarding the plot, which mostly related to everything I ended up loving. The dream and obsession over the dream weren't unusual in any way to me; I think sometimes things leave marks on you so deep inside your heart, soul, and mind, that you have to follow them. I've read books that make me change my life in small ways, so to me this was no different. Was it a little bit crazy? Sure. Would I want Helena to have picked Kit in the situation they were in? Not at first, but the more time I saw them together and interacting the more I felt like this is right, this is everything they should be. The situation was going to suck no matter how it played out, we've all seen love triangles in real life, but the best part of this book is how much comes from the love triangle. We see so much growth in Helena as a person, from her obsessive ways to her general self love. The beauty of this book is the love that Helena truly had, from start to finish, this girls loves with everything in her and gives 100% of herself when needed. She kept trying to do the right thing, but the heart wants what it wants, and this is the most real part of the entire book.

  "That causes an ache deep in my chest. To know that there are guys willing to drop their shopping bags to catch their girl. And I want someone to love me that effortlessly." 

Have I mentioned that my favorite piece of clothing in my closet is my Slytherin cardigan? If I haven't, you know now. You also now know that I happen to wear a Deathly Hallows necklace daily and I loved every single bit of Helena and her quirks (and Tarryn's quirks), including every single Harry Potter word she utters. Helena was more than just a character I could relate to, it felt like I was meeting someone with little pieces of myself in them and little pieces of other people I know too. Her journey made me smile, laugh a lot, and get downright sad and introspective as well. She isn't handed the perfect life in a book, her story is honest, raw, and comes with a lot of emotions, but it was a story I couldn't put down. I didn't love any character as much as I loved Helena, but I didn't hate them either, I liked the honest flaws that Tarryn gave them and what Tarryn gave us as readers by writing these characters.

"There’s a ringing in my ears. “I think maybe there’s something wrong with the wine. I’m allergic.” “You’re allergic to emotion,” Kit says." 

Tarryn's writing makes everything all the more magical, when any other book might have driven me crazy with a love triangle and crazy dream obsession, this one didn't. On top of being totally realistic and relatable, this book is unique and that is all thanks to Tarryn's imagination and beautiful way with words. There's no perfect love, it's a lot messy, and the characters are flawed in a way that makes you ask, is this me, but it's written in a way that makes you think, in a way that makes you look at everything differently, that allows you to freely form your own thoughts about everything. I really loved that F*ck Love was only told from Helena's POV, because I don't think I could have handled trying to understand anyone else, reading her POV was exactly like being her. If you aren't feeling all the emotions right alongside Helena, I think you picked up the wrong book. This is the kind of book I want to hand to every person in my life and say read this and read it now.

“It gives me butterflies, and I don’t trust you or your butterflies.”

If you're looking for a book that leaves a mark, this is it. If you're looking for amazing writing with a unique plot, magical words, humor and angst, and plot twists you won't ever see coming, F*ck Love is it. I loved every single part of this book, even when I was a little bit confused and a little bit angry and a lot emotional, I loved it.

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