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Friday, July 8, 2011

Book Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: MTV
Pages: 256
Source: Received from author for honest review

Summary: 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.

My Review: From reading numerous books by Jennifer, I've discovered that she is the type of author that never disappoints. The distinct, made up relationships, never fail to astound me. Another aspect, is when her novels showcase a great balance between the plot and characters. It's the perfect leeway into the reader's connection, which brings me to the protagonist. Erin was an easy individual to relate to, after all she did enjoy reading and writing. It was the first time I read about a character whose dream is to one day be an accomplished novelist. It was a pleasant touch reading Erin's short stories within the chapters. I especially was fond of Erin's first short story about the "stable boy." Even though it was based on Hunter, a past frenemy in her life, I loved the idea for an actual novel. Jennifer, maybe you should continue that romance tale, it was pretty addicting in its few pages of introduction.

Now, let's get to the juicy part, Erin rebelled against her grandmother and left for New York. There, she left behind the boy who proclaimed her inheritance and horse farm for a new beginning in college. But, who shows up in her creating writing class? Hunter. The boy who took everything away from her. *Dum, Dum, Dum* So, what's a girl to do? Hate the kid or succumb to the never-ending heart flutter when he is around? Well, you have to read the book to find out! I found the back and forth feelings between the two amusing. I loved how they both used writing to express their inner emotions. It's a great example as to how powerful words can truly be. Finally, it wasn't my favorite piece of work by Jennifer but, it was a great addition to the bunch. I'll be patiently waiting for the next novel, because at the end of the day Echols is one fantastic author!

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Author's Info:
Jennifer Echols is the author of romantic dramas for MTV and romantic comedies for Pulse. She currently lives in Birmingham.

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Allison said...

I'm so glad you loved this one! I was a little disappointed in it, I keep wanting to love all her books as much as I loved Going Too Far!

Regardless, I'll be eagerly awaiting her next book as well :)

Kelsey said...

I can't wait to read this one, I loved Forget You!

Anonymous said...

I've never read anything by Jennifer Echols, but I would love to, her stories sound great.
Are there similarities between her books and the ones from Sarah Dresden?

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

I love Jennifer Echols books too, glad to know this was another good one!

Unknown said...

I love Jennifer Echols too,but this one,although it wasn't a bad book,I wasn't all mad about it either.I found the story a bit unrealistic in some parts.But no matter what,I can't help but enjoy her books!

Tales of Whimsy said...

I can't wait to try this. Great review.

Ελλάδα said...

This book officially has become one of my all time favorites! All of Jennifer Echols are! haha! The characters are sassy and relatable. i especially loved the setting, New York! and the fact that the story itself has a lot to do with writing and reading, and a girl who has an interest in becoming a fiction romance writer. I feel like i related a lot to the main character Erin and what she wanted to do with her life. Im rambling now just cause i literally finished reading the book now in one day! I completely loved the book but felt like it should have gone a little bit longer in the end, i feel between the time that Erin Found out Hunter was lying to her and in cahoots with her grandmother and the ending that it all happened to fast! i think Erin should have confronted Hunter and more events should have occured! but i guess thats what makes it into a different good book unlike many others.

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