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From the Publisher
“Love Your Life is as warm as the Italian sunshine and full of fun: a fabulous Italian appetizer, like a platter of antipasti; a stunning, satisfying mix of romance and real life, with characters whom you will fall in love with and who will leave you smiling with joy. Like a glorious dinner party with friends, it kept me happy, warm, and staying up far later than I should so as not to miss a thing. I loved it! It left me wanting more.”—Jo Thomas, author of The Oyster Catcher
“Spellbinding . . . Kinsella’s clever romance about the nature of compromise alternates laugh-out-loud humor with moments that will tug at readers’ heartstrings. This rollicking rom-com is a hit.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A sweet, mishap-filled look at what it takes to create lasting love between two people with separate lives.”—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for I Owe You One
“A humorous exploration of family life, finding love and the difficulties of coming into one’s own as a young professional woman . . . The entertaining cast of characters . . . will certainly remind readers why nineteen years after her first hit Kinsella remains one of the reigning queens of women’s fiction.”—The Washington Post
“I Owe You One is another impossibly delightful story by Sophie Kinsella, a must-read for her die-hard fans and new readers alike.”—PopSugar
Praise for Sophie Kinsella
“Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes
“I love the opportunity to escape with a Sophie Kinsella book.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult
“Kinsella’s long career in the rom-com is indicative of the kind of stories she truly wants to put out into the world: those that feature people like you, like your mom, like your best friend, flawed heroines who make the best out of the wild and wacky journeys we all go through—at work, with our families, in love and in life.”—Bustle
“Kinsella has a genuine gift for comic writing.”—The Boston Globe
About the Author
- File size : 2547 KB
- Publication date : October 27, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : The Dial Press (October 27, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B088QLHYX5
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,735 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I couldn't finish the one about the Not-Perfect Life or I Owe You One. Though after reading this one, I'm giving I Owe You One another try. Point is, I read Kinsella. For the most part, I love Kinsella. Here's the thing. I think she's being rushed. She's *super* prolific but I feel like there's too much pressure on her to meet deadline. I feel like she's capable of so much more. So much. Love Your Life (lazy title) made me laugh. Like hard. The hairless wolf is where I just sort of left off wanting the thing to be realistic and just went with it. Kinsella excels at comedy. She does. Sometimes, it's too slapsticky and just plain silly. But when she nails it, few contemporary authors make me laugh like she does.
I loved Matt. Ava felt a bit much in the beginning (rescue books??) but then a bit at the end rivaled Luke bidding for Bex's Denny and George scarf (as both bidders) at the end of Shopaholic 2. Kinsella does 'moments' really well. I needed more from these characters. With this book, there were big swaths of action and even dialogue that were recapped obliquely as memories or events that had transpired earlier. There was *a lot* of telling not showing going on in this book. And the ending? Hello, author? Your machina just called and it wants its Deus back. How can you twist up all this energy so super tightly and then fast forward to seven months later? Then do it again like twenty pages after that? No. Just no. It felt super rushed and chintzy. In this book, which had laugh-out-loud moments and moments which made me tear up (the pebble tower and the aromatherapy blend for the office!), there wasn't deep art but it did feel really true. And if you hit me up just right in that spot, I'll tear up. I'll go with you. I will.
This book had that. It did. At one point, I closed it and hugged it to my chest. At another, I shut it and yelled, "Cheap!" Yeah, I get emotionally involved. I love fiction. I love characters that make me laugh, feel and cry. This book did all those things. But it also had a short-end-of-the-stick, hackneyed 'conclusion', not unlike I've Got Your Number (which also had parts that made me really feel). Do I recommend this book? Sure. If you've loved Kinsella's stuff in the past, you'll love this one, too. I just wish 'her people' would give her a chance to properly edit her books rather than having her release two in twelve months' time. Some of the silliness and short shrifts could be avoided by just a little more time to get it really right. She's owed more. We, as readers who really dig her stuff for decades, are owed more.
Also, no friggin' knives being pulled on people and blood and bone scenes for Kinsella, please? Contrived, out-of-place and available practically everywhere else. Let Sophie do what she does best. Make us laugh (and tear up) at ourselves and love her for it.
Yet, the beginning of the book didn’t do it for me. I thought "oh no, this is an insta-love story" which is my least favorite. How wrong was I? Very. I ended up liking it quite a bit more than I thought.
Most surprisingly was that I liked all the main character's friends too. There is Nell who has some serious health issues but she doesn't play the martyr and she can be brutally honest. Sarika who only wants to date someone who lives close to her home (Too far away it's a deal-breaker). She’s using a dating app's algorithm to narrow the perfect guy for her. Then there's Maud who is impossible to say no to. When she asks you for a favor, you don't even realize you're agreeing to do it. To avoid saying yes, it's best not to engage her.
On Matt's side, his friends and flatmates, Topher and Nihal were both amusing and in their own way, supportive of Ava. They were both good guys, Topher despite his antisocial personality and Nihal with his multiple robots.
Now, getting back to the main characters, the book begins with Ava. She likes to start multiple things at the same time but doesn't really finish any of them. Her new thing is she wants to write a book. She wants to write a historical romance novel and for this reason, she joins a writer's retreat in Italy. There she meets "Dutch" who's real name is Matt. Dutch was joining a martial arts retreat but after it gets canceled, he ends up in the writing one. Ava and Matt have a spark and soon they become an item. By the time a real name is needed, they discover they both live in London.
London changes everything for this couple. Going back to the real world reveals their huge differences. They don't seem to agree on anything including food (Ava is a vegetarian, Matt's a carnivore). There is also Ava's dog, Harold, who can destroy a shirt in ten seconds or disappear any good steak in a millisecond.
For me, the last third of the book is where the story shines. I liked the way Sophie Kinsella's characters in this Chic-Lit/RomCom novel resolved their issues in a full circle kinda away.
It was so oddly paced that from the beginning I was convinced the story was taking place in Italy. The love affair between Matt and Ava was so fast that it was impossible to believe it was the basis for the entire book. Unlike many of Kinsella's other books, I didn't find this one funny or interesting at all. The characters weren't lovable. The "quirky" bits weren't quirky, they were just weird.
I miss the days when sitting down with a Kinsella book was like wrapping up in the most delightful story and living in it. I bought this one and I can't imagine myself ever re-reading it. I was honestly relieved when it ended.
Top reviews from other countries
"Love Your Life" is okay! It's full of humour, friendship and unlikely couple falling in love with each other. That's pretty much it. Ah, there is a cute dog. And, if you change the names of Ava and Matt to Becky and Luke you could be reading an earlier draft for one of the "Shopaholic" books. I kid you not. These are very typical Sophie Kinsella characters - and even Matt's mother could easily play a role of Luke's mother of earlier books.
"Love Your Life" is not bad. But it really is just okay.
Disappointing but as I love a Kinsella book, it wouldn't stop me reading the next.