- File Size: 8368 KB
- Print Length: 93 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1717722342
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 16, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FDFMGKP
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,848 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Overall, this was the perfect soft little read. Low angst and high fluff - perfect for when you need a cozy read!
But I also had a couple “issues” with the story. I’m just used to reading books with heavy narration or at least a good balance between narration and dialogue. In Learning Curves, most of the book is dialogue, which makes it hard to imagine the space the characters inhabit and what they’re doing. There was also a lot of food bonding, which is really a hit or miss. For me, it was a miss. Yes, I loved how Elena and Cora were cooking together and bonding, but I think there was a lot of time spent on explaining the recipes, especially for a book of this size (it’s a really short read). I sort of wish we’d spent most of that time just with the characters and getting to see more of their interaction.
The book does span about three months and I really loved how it took that long for them to get together. We could obviously tell that Elena and Cora liked each other but we got to see them in the pre-dating phase, which all novels seem to forget exists. One other thing I really enjoyed about this book was the Spanish dialogue. While I’m not Puerto Rican, I am a Spanish speaker and it was nice to read those few sentences. I can’t really say much about how that works for someone who doesn’t know Spanish since there wasn’t an “in case you don’t know what’s going on, here’s a translation” section.
Overall, I wasn’t completely in love with this book but I did enjoy reading it. In fact, I had a dumb smile on my face the entire time and even chuckled a couple times.
Elena and Cora were so fun to hang out with. They are both delightfully down to earth and they accept each other as is. They each have their own vulnerabilities and it’s lovely to see them support each other unconditionally.
Simkiss lets this story unfold naturally and I never felt like the plot was missing something because it is a novella rather than a full-length novel. The dialogue is easy going and genuine. Simkiss did a great job making Elena and Cara sound very authentic. Their conversations flow from witty observations about campus life to personal secrets shared in their favorite spot in the library.
I enjoyed this story and I thought it focused on several socially relevant topics without being preachy. It shows how love can blossom from friendship when it is nurtured and protected. It’s an uplifting story in a small package and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read it.