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~ Synopsis ~
Helena Conway has fallen in love.
But not unprovoked. Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered, and not even a little bit careful.
It could all be so beautiful…if he wasn’t dating her best friend. Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.
Until she doesn’t.
F*ck Love was my first full read of 2016 and what a way to start the new year. This story is very different from Fisher’s other stories, if you’re familiar with her work? Than you know the woman loves a good mind f*ck. And just a few pages in, I was snuggled in and awaiting the inevitable WTF to come…. it did….. and then it didn’t. This story isn’t cut and dry, that’s not her style, but it’s definitely different.
The mood of the story was very fitting for a NYE read, because it’s all about what if’s and what now’s which is the exact thing you’re thinking about as the new year is ringing in and the idea of a fresh start is upon everyone. New hopes of losing weight, finding the one, and saving more money – these aren’t the goals of Helena, but the feeling is there. The feeling you get when you graduate college and are simply meant to adult now – which is udder bullshit. Coming to terms with feelings for someone you probably shouldn’t – like your best friends boyfriend. And this is where Kit comes into the picture.
Helena is in a relationship, but after an experience she can’t quite wrap her head around, she is obsessed with the idea that her life should take another direction – a direction that may or may not involve Kit, depending on how good of a friend she wants to be to Della, her best friends, and Kit’s girlfriend. Not to mention she’s in a relationship herself – with Neil. This could get a little confusing, but the general feeling throughout the book was Helena is lost – not just in her relationships, but simply just lost. Not knowing what to do with herself, having a hard time realizing she should use the accounting degree she worked so hard for, yet she’s secretly cultivating her artistic side.
Tarryn Fisher has this amazing ability of creating characters you’re not sure if you’re suppose to love or hate. Helena, Della, Kit and Neil all fell into this category – and your feelings about them will evolve throughout the story.
I adored this book – read it in nearly one sitting. It maybe different from Fisher’s other stories, but her sense of humor is there – her complex characters are there, and that feeling you get when you read a really amazing book so fast because you’re desperate to find out what happens next? It’s all there – and then some.
About the Author, Tarryn Fisher
Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of five novels, and is currently working on two more (Marrow and the second installment of Never Never). She is the co-founder of Clothed Caption
, a fashion blog she runs with her friend, Madison Seidler. Tarryn resides in the Seattle area with her family. She loves rainy days, Coke, and thinks Instagram is the new Facebook. Tarryn is represented by Amy Tannenbaum of the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (via the author’s website)