Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review | Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

“Ugly love becomes you.  Consumes you.  Makes you hate it all.  Makes you realize that all of the beautiful parts aren't even worth it.
Without the beautiful, you'll never risk feeling the ugly.”

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Published by Atria Books
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Pages: 322
Other Books By Colleen Hoover: Hopeless, Maybe Someday

My Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with a new heart-wrenching love story.

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's love at first sight. They wouldn't even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn't want love, she doesn't have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don't expect a future.
 

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can't handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Teisha's Review

Many of us have heard or seen the idea of 'friends with benefits' played up in popular media.  There are magazine articles about the rules of being a friend with benefits.  There are movies like No Strings Attached and Friends With Benefits that focus on the subject.  And then, there are books like Ugly Love which bring a fresh perspective to the topic and make everyone else's work look mediocre in the process.  Yep, I said it.

Ugly Love is the third book of Colleen Hoover's that I've read and the eighth book she's written.  I started with Hopeless which I loved (you can check out my review here), and then I moved on to Losing Hope which is the retelling of Hopeless from the perspective of the male protagonist.

You will probably read very mixed reviews of Ugly Love.  I think it's a book that is easy to fall in love with, but it definitely has its shortcomings.

Here are the five reasons why I gave Ugly Love 4 out of 5 stars:



★ Plot

If that synopsis didn't intrigue you, then you're just doing everything wrong.

Having read some of Hoover's other works, I know that her books tend to deal with heavy subject matter.   So, going into Ugly Love, I expected that, at some point, things would become serious. I definitely don't want to give anything away, because Hoover tends to add unforeseen plot twists to her stories, and Ugly Love is no exception.  But, I will say that this book is about so much more than frivolous sex.

Miles' secretiveness about his past is a big part of the book and probably the most interesting aspect of the plot.  I was able to put the pieces of Miles' secret together before it was actually revealed.  If you pay close attention to the hints Hoover drops, you'll probably be able to figure it out, too.

Ugly Love is a great read that is real and honest.  The familial aspects will make you smile, the ugly love will make you cry, and the romance will warm your heart. 




★ Hot, Steamy Romance...and Sex, Too

Someone call the fire department because this book is hot.  That was terrible.

But, seriously.  Considering the New Adult genre and the plot, it's understandable that this book contains a lot of sex scenes.

I would not give this book to my 15-year-old sister to read.
( I mean, she doesn't like to read anyways --GASP! -- but still...)

However, what I love about Colleen Hoover's writing is that the sex scenes never feel smutty.   She keeps things classy.  Simple and point blank, it's good writing.



★ Hoover's Writing

All of Colleen Hoover's writing is good writing.  





★ Length & Pacing

I tend to find that, with some books I read (like The Raven Boys, which I am currently reading and have been reading for almost 4 weeks), the pacing is terrible.  The book is too slow and I begin to lose interest.  Then there are some books that are too fast (I felt this way with Legend by Marie Lu); there's not enough world building, or there is not enough time for readers to make connections with characters, so the book suffers.

And then there are books like Ugly Love which I literally couldn't put down because there was never a dull moment.  The pacing also allowed me to connect with the protagonist and therefore care about the outcome of her story.  Hoover knows how to leave a reader intrigued without exhausting them with a bunch of questions.  There are two main questions in this novel, and they are all you need to carry you through:  What secret from Miles' past is haunting him?  Will Tate and Miles end up together?  

It's a simple as that.

Ugly Love was a really quick read for me considering all of the school work I had to get through while I was reading it.  It was the perfect length, but I loved it so much I wish it had been longer.  I hope there is a spin-off novel featuring Tate's brother Corbin or Miles' friend Ian.



☆ The Shortcomings...there are a few

It is a truth, universally acknowledged that insta-love is a big no-no in book writing.  Any book blogger or BookTuber will tell you. (FYI: "insta-love" is when a character looks at another character and falls in love with them.  Some examples would be Romeo & Juliet [and we know that ended] or Bella and Edward in Twilight.)  Sometimes, an author uses insta-love in a story, and it's not too terrible.  That was the case with Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi.  However, that was not the case with Ugly Love.  In Miles' chapters, which talk about his past and his relationship with a girl named Rachel, we are presented with the concept of insta-love.  He fell in love with her the moment he met her.  What was so terrible about the use of insta-love in this instance was the fact that Miles' love seemed to border on obsession.

Maybe that's why I didn't really like Miles' chapters.  His chapters all talked about how much he loved Rachel.  And, they were all written in verse, which I also didn't enjoy.

Finally, I didn't like that Tate went into the sexual relationship with Miles, knowing that she would develop feelings for him and hoping that she could change him.  There were times when she would complain about how detached he seemed with her, when he told her from the very beginning: "Don't ask about my past, and never expect a future".  I was just really annoyed by the fact that Tate cried and whined  about how she and Miles' relationship wasn't progressing when he told her that there would be no progression.

Although I had these problems with Ugly Love, I still really enjoyed this book.  I was able to overlook some of these shortcomings.  But, others might not be able to.  

***

Colleen Hoover has officially become one of my favorite authors.  She is also the reason why I have fallen in love with the New Adult genre.

You guys should check out the #MilesHighClub hashtag on Instagram and Twitter.  There is a ton of fan art and other Ugly Love goodness out there.  It's also a convenient way to connect with other fans of Ugly Love.

And then, while you're at it, you should follow me on Twitter.  I admit that my Instagram is pretty slow, but I stay on Twitter.  So, what are you waiting for?  If you follow me and tell me you read my blog, I'll follow back!

Tell Me Your Thoughts


  1. Have you read Ugly Love?  If so, what did you think?  If not, do you plan to?
  2. Have you read any of Colleen Hoover's other books?  Do you have a favorite that you think I should read next?
Thanks for dropping by!

2 comments:

  1. I'm currently reading this book now, so I skimmed through the review so I wouldn't spoil myself, and whew girl, this book is intense! I was a little nervous about reading it, because I've attempted to read Slammed by Colleen Hoover and ended up having to put it down really early on. (Not a fan of Insta Love) But I must say I'm really enjoying Ugly Love right now.

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    1. You should read the entire review! I don't put spoilers in my reviews:) But, definitely let me know what you thought of the book when you finish. You can just tweet me! (I saw you followed me on Twitter. I'll follow back!) Thanks for commenting:)

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