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[review] This is a Love Story – Jessica Thompson

Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Coronet (Hachette UK Canada)
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 440
Format: Paperback
Source: Finished copy received from publisher

This is a love story.

Boy meets girl and girl falls for boy – that much is true.

But when Sienna meets Nick it’s not the way it happens in love stories. It’s because of a squirrel on water skis…

She sees Nick’s dangerous brown eyes and thinks,

Don’t.

Fall.

Into.

Them.

Who will be there to catch Sienna when she falls? She is so fragile. She has so many secrets, and he is not that serious.

Funny and sad, this is the story of two people destined never to come together in the great love affair they crave more than anything else.

Tell Me More: I first came across this novel while on a hunt for light and fluffy reading. Weeks of dystopians and supernatural occurrences can wear a girl thin, and I needed something familiar to ease myself out of the reading slump. Happily, Chelsey had also recommended it to her blog readers. This is a Love Story is exactly what I wanted in a new adult novel, with scratched-up characters and a plot that could rival the best romcoms.

What I found most interesting in Love Story is the open admittance of insecurity. Both Sienna and Nick are incredibly insecure, flighty and scared. In other words, they’re the spitting image of a 20-something in 2012. They’re frustrated and frustrating, and kind of oblivious at that. I say this because they really aren’t easy characters to get to know, but they are so easy to love. They each need someone to believe in them, even if they don’t realize it, and as a reader, you find yourself in that position. Their “love story” is a leap of faith for the reader–how can I be sure they are worth following throughout this relationship? One word: friendship.

Ultimately, This is a Love Story isn’t about romance so much as it is about that simple connection with another human being. It’s undeniable and inescapable. Though Sienna and Nick’s connection isn’t exactly a red string of fate, it is a real and tangible bond that comes from friendship. They understand each other (probably more than they’d like), and they figure out ways to make things work without being conscious of it, because of that connection. Jessica Thompson’s talent is clear in every thoughtful paragraph that details this development from friends to love.

The Final Say: Thompson’s raw, funny and unashamed look at a modern love story will leave you wanting a Sienna and Nick to befriend.

About Jessica

Jessica Thompson is a multimedia journalist working for a series of newspapers in London. She is a keen runner and loves to sing. Jessica lives in North London and this is her first novel.

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2 replies »

  1. Hmmmm sounds interesting. I love books that aren’t always predictable, especially love stories. I read a book recently that was a romantic historical fiction book called, “The Gift.” It is written by new author Slannyn D’Arcy. What I love about the book was the paranormal fantasy twists that make the book unpredictable. “The Gift,” captures a fascinating glimpse of the medieval era, full on intrigue and good vs evil. http://www.slannyndarcy.com

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