Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols’ Website
Publisher: MTV Books, a division of Simon & Schuster
Age Group: Teen
Source: Purchased from Barnes & Noble
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

She’s writing about him. he’s writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines..

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 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 Thoughts:

Okay, so the more I think about this book, the less I liked it.  I think that it just wasn’t my kind of story.  I think it is well written,  with excellent character development.  I loved Major Crush by Echols, and I knew Love Story was not going to be as funny, but still, I have some issues with it.

I have to say that I was not in love with the main character, Erin.  I liked her, but as the story progressed I just wanted to scream “Just talk to him!!!”  I liked Hunter, but wanted to scream the same thing at him.  Sometimes, especially toward the middle and end of the novel, I just couldn’t understand why they were so mad at each other.  I mean, I understand that Erin was upset with Hunter because of what her grandmother did to her.  But I still was so frustrated with her.   And the same goes with Hunter.  I understand why he was upset with Erin, especially after being referred to as Erin’s stable boy all through high school.

I try not to have any spoilers in my review, but there is one I need to address.  So SPOILER ALERT.  I could not understand why Erin slept with Hunter, when she believed that he was just using her.  It really made me dislike her.  I mean, I was not in love with her, but after that, I lost any sympathy for her.

END SPOILER.

Another thing that frustrated me was the whole class issue, thing.  I just had a hard time with it.  Again, I wanted to scream at Hunter and Erin to just get over it.

The ending was very dissatisfying, as well.  It was very abrupt, and I felt like nothing was really resolved.  Were Hunter and Erin back together, or were they just friends?  Or not friends at all.

I did really like some of the other characters in the story.  I loved Summer, and JØrdis, even Brian and Manohar.  I thought the writing was good, and I loved the whole idea of Erin and Hunter writing about each other in their Creative Writing class.   I also LOVED that this book was about college kids.  There is very little out there with college kids as main characters.

Unfortunately, I got so frustrated with both Erin and Hunter, that I just couldn’t love the story.  Again, I think it might just be that Love Story is not my kind of book.  I know many people really enjoyed this one, so definitely check it out.  There are just my opinions.  I don’t think I will be trying any more of Jennifer Echols’s romantic drama books.  I will stick to her romantic comedies.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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