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Oh. My. Gosh.
It's been a while since I've read a book in one sitting. And not want to put the book down for breaks (because sometimes I need those when reading on computers/electronic devices).
So, this is a modern day adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. And we all know by now, I'm a sucker for modern day adaptations of stuff (shakespeare, older non western religions, fairy tales, etc). This was no exception.
Having not read the first book, I have to say that this was fairly easy to follow. This feels like a series in which you don't have to read it in order for it to make any amount of sense. And I like that. I mean I like series you have to read in order for things to make sense as well, but having series' that I can tell people "hey go ahead and read this out of order and it will still make sense" is a great feeling.
My favorite books and movies have always contained a full house of personalities, each one with different strengths, different problems, different backgrounds. When an author can deliver a book with a diverse cast of friends that are truly authentic, I can't help but fall in love with it. Which is exactly why Ella Martin's I Love Him, I Love Him Not gets a full five-star rating from me.
A very well-deserved five-star rating.
From the very beginning of the book, we're introduced to Talia and her team of friends, Jake (her bestie), Bianca, and Ally. None of them fit into any particular box because each one of them is so wonderfully chipped and scarred by their own personal struggles. As soon as you think you have one character pegged as the "whatever" type of friend, Martin surprises you by squashing the stereotype in one single line of dialogue or mini plot twist.
Can we say refreshing? Yes. Yes we can. And we will.
As far as the story goes, Ella doesn't waste a single page in getting to the crux of it all. Talia's stuck in the middle of her parents' renegotiations over alimony, her father's reappearance into her life, and Jake's new crush, Clover. Because of what happened between her and her dad, Talia's got some serious trust issues, causing her to sometimes dismiss things that she sees or hears. It's frustrating because you want to reach in through the book and grab her by the shoulders, shake her, and say "Just open your eyes, Talia!" But you can't and the fact that other characters do that for you makes reading her story so worthwhile. We've all had a Talia in our lives. And thank goodness this one has some good friends to help her through her journey.
I Love Him, I Love Him Not has something for everyone. Love story? Check. Humor? Check. A ton of drama? Check. But in the end, it's the solid storytelling of a fantastic group of friends that won me over. I really hope Martin continues this series with a book centered around one of the supporting characters. Because they each deserve their own time in the spotlight. Just like this book deserves a home on your e-reader, on your shelf, and in your hands.
If you were a big fan of Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up, then you are going to truly enjoy Ella Martin’s new book. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one as much because I totally fell in love with Bianca! I honestly thought Talia was crazy. There were things Talia did that I thought were childish or rubbed me the wrong way. I mean she stopped speaking to one of her best friends because of a boy. I had to remember the first book was written from the perspective of Bianca, so I needed to get over that.
So… load-and-behold, I warmed-up to Talia. Her hard exterior is all an act. If you are not sure whether you should read this one or skip it. I say Read It. It will put a smile on your face, and give your heart a little flutter.
I was disappointed that this author felt the need to include it. It was unnecessary to the story line and distracted the audience from an otherwise sweet and interesting romance
Ella Martin could have done so much better, if she had kept her second book just as clean as her first.