Thursday, April 21, 2016

LOVE ME NEVER by Sara Wolf

Lovely Vicious #1
Entangled Teen Books, April 2016
Obtained via:  publisher
ISBN:  1633752291
ISBN13: 9781633752290
Young Adult


Sara Wolf’s LOVE ME NEVER is a young adult story full of angst, discovery and personal growth that will surprise, intrigue and leave readers yearning.

After surviving an emotionally crippling teenage dating experience, seventeen year-old Isis Blake is is starting her life over in Ohio.  She is now almost ninety pounds lighter with dyed purple streaks in her hair and now she has put her supposed first love behind her, she is ready to get on with her life in her new school when she meets the Ice Prince of East Summit High School, Jack Hunter.  Despite his incredible popularity with the female population of the school, Jack has no interest in high school girls, until Isis winds up and punches him straight in the face.  Now his attention is squarely fixated on Isis.

This reader chose this book initially because the blurb described it as a light romantic coming of age comedy that seemed like a nice alternative to all the more mature books in my to be read pile.  It turns out that Sara Wolf’s LOVE ME NEVER was definitely not light or funny.  This was a serious story of a teenager’s journey through a terrible time in her life and how she recovers with the help of a boy she fully expects to despise but ultimately comes to love.  As expected, LOVE ME NEVER was full of teen angst, heartache and emotional highs and lows.  The main characters are definitely multifaceted and the storyline emotional.  Isis is an angry, socially awkward teenager full of sarcasm and a dislike for the male sex.  Jack is standoffish and cold.  He is the perfect foil for Isis.  If he wasn’t off doing good deeds so often, he would sure be easy to hate.  Although the blurb describing the book was really quite misleading, the story turned out to be so much more than expected.  But it was the ending that made this story so interesting.  Though now that it appears to be the first in a series, this reader can only hope the next book isn’t a huge letdown.  Of course, I will have to read it to find out.  And I will.

For those readers who enjoy some solid teen angst, Sara Wolf’s LOVE ME NEVER is sure to be a pleasant and intriguing surprise.

Reviewed by T. Barringer

"This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book."

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