Review: Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake. That time when you relate to heroine’s parents.

Title: Suffer Love
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars

SUMMARY

“Just let it go.”

That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.

Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.

Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?

MY THOUGHTS

Such premise as in Suffer Love is a sure way to angst and over-the-top drama, but the author delivered it in realistic and sensitive way. Ashley Herring Blake thrown together dysfunctional families, romance, school drama, friendship and manage not to make a mess of it.

The pacing of the book was good, and I was glued to the pages.

This book is written in dual POV, and I think it was very well done. Each POV actually added something to the story.

I liked the romance. There was a lot of chemistry between Hadley and Sam.

YA authors often portrait infidelity as black-and-white matter. I haven’t come across YA book that deals with this topic in such thought provoking manner. Things are no black or white; there are many shades of gray in between.

Though I’m not a target audience for YA, I’m thirty five years old after all; I read a lot of books in this genre. Despite age gape I usually concentrate on teenage main characters, even personalize with them. In this case however I was very invested in Hadley’s parents. I related to them so much. Well, my husband hasn’t cheated on me, but I saw a lot of similarities. I used to act the same way as Hadley’s mother toward my husband. After he wronged me in some way, I “forgave him” and continued to torture us both by little mean jabs here and there. Thank goodness I realized what a destructive path it was before I’ve done real damage to our marriage. While reading I wanted to tell Hadley’s mother: let him go or stop punishing him and try to leave all ugliness behind.

Despite heavy topics, the overall feel of this book is on the light side. It is sprinkled with humor and hope.

All in all I liked this book and recommend it.

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4 Comments on “Review: Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake. That time when you relate to heroine’s parents.

  1. I was really excited about this one, but ended up putting it off because I heard it had a really racist comment about brown people. As a brown person myself, it really put me off. I did hear that the author was very regretful and she posted an apology, so maybe one day I’ll pick it up. It certainly sounds like it’s a terrific story. I’ve been enjoying these heavier stories more and more.
    Wonderful review!
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  2. Oh, I definitely appreciate an author who can make infidelity a more complicated matter. I think a lot of readers have strong views one way or the other about it, so any author who can make that sort of situation grey, I like!

  3. I have seen some relatively meh reviews for this book that have touched on how angsty it is. I’m glad you fared better than most, Ksenia. I don’t know if it will be the kind of thing I want to read right now, but I’ll definitely keep in mind for future reads. :)

  4. I love when darker books or books with heavy subject matters have some lightness and humor to them as well, it really does help keeping it feeling balanced. Great review for this!
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