Publisher: Bantam Press
Publication Date: October 29th 2020
Source: Times Reads
Page Count: 356
Blurb from Goodreads:
I love you . . . but what if I can’t love your life?
Ava is sick of online dating. She’s always trusted her own instincts over an algorithm, anyway, and she wants a break from it all. So when she signs up to a semi-silent, anonymous writing retreat in glorious Italy, love is the last thing on her mind.
Until she meets a handsome stranger. . . All she knows is that he’s funny, he’s kind and – she soon learns – he’s great in bed. He’s equally smitten, and after a whirlwind, intoxicating affair, they pledge their love without even knowing each other’s real names.
But when they return home, reality hits. They’re both driven mad by each other’s weird quirks and annoying habits, from his eccentric, naked-sauna-loving family to her terribly behaved, shirt-shredding dog. As disaster follows disaster, it seems that while they love each other, they just can’t love each other’s lives. Can they overcome their differences to find one life, together?
HERE’S MY REVIEW
This is my second time reading Sophie Kinsella’s book and I couldn’t deny that I was excited to read this one. My first book by her was I Owe You One and I loved it.
Love Your Life is a quirky and funny rom-com novel which her main character, Ava meets her love of her life, Matt at a writing retreat in Italy. They are not supposed to reveal their life to each other at the retreat, but somehow without exposing themselves, they have created this unexplainable bond and chemistry. All are fun and games until they go back to London and that’s where everything begins.
The most part of the book shows us about their ups and downs of their relationship after they have known each other’s name and life. We have seen plenty of differences between the two main characters as if they have changed to a different person entirely especially Matt. They quickly find out that their real life selves are not anything like what they expected. Matt during the retreat was this perfect and sweet gentleman but after that he is too plain, boring and grim. Like he doesn’t have a great personality at all. Absolutely zero chemistry between the two. The more pages I read, the harder it seems to read about their relationship. I honestly struggle to read about their relationship progress.
Apart from their messy relationship, it is refreshing to read about Matt’s family and their family business. Having a family business looks very glamorous, but deep down everything is exhausting and nerve-racking, at least according to Matt. In the book, work is the thing that makes Ava and Matt argue for the most part of the book. I don’t understand why Ava couldn’t have just be supportive of her boyfriend instead of being a brat about it. Matt is also a secretive person who doesn’t share personal stuff with Ava so the relationship even becomes worse.
The redeeming factor of the book is definitely the friendships. I enjoy reading about their shenanigans and dynamics of the group and I love how at the end both of the group unite together against all odds. It really contributed to the entertaining elements of the story.
All in all, a comfort read suitable for Sophie Kinsella’s fans.
Thanks Times Reads for sending me Love Your Life in exchange of an honest review.