The Romantics by Leah Konen

“Perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Rainbow Rowell, The Romantics will charm readers of all ages. Gael Brennan is about to have his heart broken when his first big relationship crumbles on the heels of his parents’ painful separation. Love intervenes with the intention of setting things right—but she doesn’t anticipate the intrusion of her dreaded nemesis: the Rebound. Love’s plans for Gael are sidetracked by Cara, Gael’s hot-sauce-wielding “dream girl.” The more Love meddles, the further Gael drifts from the one girl who can help him mend his heart. Soon Love starts breaking all her own rules—and in order to set Gael’s fate back on course, she has to make some tough decisions about what it means to truly care.”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! I’m back with another random book of the day that I totally didn’t plan to read yet, but am glad I did! It was provided to me through NetGalley in exchange for this review, so thank you to the publisher and author for the chance at this opportunity!

“Aw, don’t you just love a good happy ending?”

Stars (Out of 10): 9/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: These new contemporary novels keep completely exceeding my expectations every time! I was a tad wary of this book due to the description, worried it might just be another cliche romance, but that was way off! The narrator in this story, Love herself, was so interesting, and it was a brand-new perspective on love stories! The narrator made the story so much more interesting, and seeing her trying to bring her plans for love to fruition through Gael’s life was way cooler than I thought! There were just issues with the formatting in the kindle version, but hopefully that’s fixed!

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Good: I loved the characters, plot, and just overall closure we had as well. We had a quirky narrator who was super into her “love” job, as well as interesting characters to make up the story itself! The plot also stayed interesting, rather than falling into a mellowed pattern of love. I also liked how all the conflicts, both large and small, were touched on again near the end, giving us closure on all ends. We see a confrontation about the divorce with both parents, reconciliation with the sister, and him coming to terms with Mason and Anika’s relationship, and even trying to help it out again. While some may wish for closure with Cara, due to the timeline it makes sense we didn’t hear from her again, as the awkward kiss happened the same day as the ending.

The Bad: As I mentioned in the overall thoughts, there were quite a bit of formatting issues in the kindle edition. The heart and broken heart icons did not transfer over properly or something, as sometimes there would an empty page of just that, and often while I was in the middle of a sentence from the previous page. There were also random instances of numbers, the author’s name, and the title of the book, which became easy to ignore after a while, but still weird nonetheless.

The Characters: The characters in this book were phenomenal, especially the narrator! I loved how we had more of an omniscient view on the book, yet still with interjections by the narrator. It kept it interesting, and gave a whole different feeling to the book. Also, why I usually hate cheating, which is more of a personal opinion, but I actually really liked how this book did it. Gael actually stood up for himself against Anika and Mason, rather than just being okay with it or letting it go to keep the friendships. He then later supported it, knowing his friend was happy, and being the better person. I also loved Sammy, and the reconciliation he found within his family after the divorce, slowly coming to terms with it and learning how to handle it.

The Plot: I really enjoyed this, from his “rebound” and how he handled it, to how he finally made his way to Sammy. I also loved how we also learned more about the divorce and why it happened, and that instead of being a “background” event, it was a current and still happening event. This ended up affecting the story, and adding another layer to the plot.

The Favorite Character: Sammy!

Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: Buy it! I definitely want a copy of this as well when it releases in November!

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