Release Date: July 19, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
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.
I really, really loved Going Too Far. I read it back when reading YA contemporaries was still new for me, and I absolutely fell in love. I might even go so far as to say that Jennifer Echols is one of the reasons I love contemporary YA fiction so much. Love Story made me fall in love with it all over again.
This book really had it all. Erin, the main character was from Kentucky. I love books that have some sort of southern element, being from the south myself. It does take place mostly in NYC,but I love when books take place in NYC! The thing I loved most about Love Story was the whole writing element.. Erin and Hunter are both students in a creative writing class and as you can see from the blurb this plays a huge role in their relationship. I loved that the advice they would give each other was really things they needs to apply to their real life relationship. It made the story even more layered and fun.
I very much enjoyed all the characters. Erin and Hunter were of course very stubborn and bad at communicating, but you wouldn’t have a very long romance book without those factors. I liked that Erin did have a very valid reason for not pushing things further with Hunter when they were both in Kentucky. I really liked Hunter, too. I wish he could have been more assertive, but he was still a great male lead, and he was pretty dreamy. I also really enjoyed the side characters. Jennifer Echols did a great job of fleshing them out even though they weren’t a huge part of the story.
Overall, Love Story was very fun read. It was one of those books that had me thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. I was very invested in the outcome of Erin and Hunter’s story and I loved the journey they had to take to get to the end of their love story…or maybe it was just the beginning for them.