Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Love Story by Jennifer Echols.
Publisher: MTV Books.
Pages: 243.
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.

Love Story is the first book I've read from Jennifer Echols and I'm now completely understanding why she's constantly praised. Her writing is raw and realistic, as is the risque things she makes her characters do and say.

First of all, I want to acknowledge how happy I am that she raised the age of these characters and set the story at a college campus. It's something that seems extraordinarily rare in YA, but something that we need to see more of. And it worked wonderfully for this specific cast. It gave them a sense of maturity, but they had their cute adolescent moments that in any other book would've seemed incredibly cheesy.

I also loved the aspiring writer aspect of this book. It probably isn't hard for an author to get it right, but Jennifer Echols really did hit the nail on the head with how most of us are protective and defensive about our work. Erin and Hunter's stories were really what made this book spectacular for me. To convey character's feelings and history in fictional sub-stories without making me want to throw the book at the wall is just so admirable. And even though these sub-stories were maybe only two or three pages long, I found myself wishing they were actual full-length books!

Overall, my first Jennifer Echols book was a success and I'm now hopping onto her bandwagon of adoring fans. Love Story is emotional, sexy, daring, smart and one of the best contemporary novels of the year! Most of you have probably already figured out how wonderful Love Story is, but if you haven't, I definitely recommend you get your hands on a copy!

Other reviews for Love Story:
Chick Loves Lit.
Makeshift Bookmark.
Books With Bite.
The Book Scout.

5 comments:

  1. Glad to see you liked it! I loved it myself & have been a fan of many of her books. I'm also really proud to see the characters' ages raised, it is young ADULT. :)

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  2. I SO agree! I love that this book is a college setting!! :) And I love her books so much<3 Great Review :)

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  3. Yes! A college setting! I was so, so excited about this. I also liked that she mentioned a lot of the publishing houses in New York because we were there this summer! I was able to picture her surrounding better :-)

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  4. I loved the stories! That last one was so mean, too :P

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