Monday, July 25

Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: MTV
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256


Erin Blackwell is headed to college in New York City to study creative writing and earn a living as a romance novelist. Her grandmother has other plans: she approves of the college, but she wants Erin to major in business and then come back home to Kentucky to run the family’s famous racehorse farm. There is no way Erin will agree. Studying in New York and writing her way into a career is her escape from the farm and the family tragedy that happened there. So Erin’s grandmother decides Erin really will live life as a starving artist. She takes Erin’s future job running the farm, her inheritance, even her college tuition, and gives them all to Hunter Allen.

Hunter has lived on the farm for years. He’s Erin’s age, he’s the stable boy, and he’s the romantic dream of every girl in her high school. But he was involved in the family tragedy. Erin has always given him a wide berth. And he’s a slick opportunist. She’s furious that he fooled her grandmother into giving him Erin’s birthright and sending him to Erin’s college.

At least she’s free of him in her creative writing class. So she pens a story that has haunted her lately, in which the horse farm heiress at the very first Kentucky Derby starts a forbidden affair with the lowly stable boy. Unfortunately for her, the day she’s sharing this story with her New York classmates, Hunter walks in. He’s switching to her class. And after reading about himself in Erin’s story, he writes his own sexy assignments that lure Erin into dangerous fantasies about what could have been between them, and what might be.

My Thoughts: As I've said a hundred times before, I adore Jennifer Echols!!! I've read all of her books and love them! She sure knows how to get in a teen's head and her books are always so romantic and have moments that make me bust out laughing. Love Story was no exception. We are introduced to Erin, who has came from a wealthy home. She is in other words, rich. But with her grandmothers demands that she study business and take over her grandmothers legacy when she passes away and run the racehorse farm, Erin doesn't want to do this. She has other plans for herself. She wants to study English and become a famous writer. She believes its her destiny to move to New York and pursue her dream. So, of course, as stubborn as her grandmother is, she cuts Erin off financially after hearing this. This does not discourage Erin, she heads to New York anyway and lives as a starving writer. She has to get a scholarship, a job, and live like a poor person.

Enter Hunter Allen, a boy Erin has known since middle school and has lived on her farm all these years. He was the stable boy. Erin and Hunter were friends for a while as kids but they were discouraged to be friends and everyone at school knew of him as the "help." Erin's grandmother has turned the tables and given Erin's whole inheritance to Hunter and he is now going to take over the horse farm once he finishes business school. Its the perfect opportunity for Hunter since he hasn't had much money and this will be great for him. Of course, this makes Erin despise him over more. How could he do this to her? Does he hate her this much?

Hunter and Erin end up at the same college in New York and in each others classes. This is unfortunate for Erin since she just wrote a story about him in her creative writing class and he walks in. How embarrassing. Its not just a nice story either. Its really romantic and sinister. Erin was just getting some of her feelings out on paper, he was never supposed to hear it!

The stories Erin were writing were interesting. At first, I didn't know if I was going to like them. They are historical based and I usually do not like historical so I was weary at first. But they were simple enough to follow and enjoy. Hunter's stories were just as good. There were so many deeper meanings in each story that you really have to pay attention or you will miss what is really going on behind the scenes. I loved the way we switch to the stories, than back to real life. It was thrilling.

The two end up in each others life a lot more than they planned. They can't seem to stay away from each other, always crossing each others path. They even end up in the same dorm!

We soon realize what Hunter's real goals are, where he sneaks off in the middle of the night, and why Erin is the way she is, why her feelings are so jumbled.

There are many other characters throughout the book that were enjoyable to get to know; from her dorm-mates to the other people in her creative writing class.

The scene of New York was also neat. I would love to visit New York and being with Erin for even a little while, made me feel like I was really there, experiencing the streets and how busy it really is. The city that never sleeps.

Echols can describe every detail so precisely. Even the description of Hunter's abs had me swooning! Can I have him please?

I loved this book! Love Story is another amazing story! I still liked Forget You a little more than Love Story but it was just as good. Echols is an amazing writer.

Honestly, I can't say much else or everything will be ruined. I don't like giving away spoilers in Echol's books because they are soooooo good and I don't want to ruin the whole experience.

Overall: Loved it! It was awesome! Please go out and buy Echol's whole backlist and read them all! You won't be sorry!

Cover: I do love the cover but I wish that we could see more of his face. I also like how the girl has a nose ring since Erin does have one in the book. 

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Jessica (Peace Love Books) said...

I love Jennifer Echols too!!!! The first book I read of her's was Boys Next Door and it was my favorite book for a long time. I read Love Story as soon as it came out and I totally agree with you about everything! The only thing I didn't like was how the ending didn't really wrap things up as much as I wanted it to, but I loved everything else about the book! And I gotta agree with you on Hunter's abs :) Nice review!!

Unknown said...

Jennifer Echols is one of my favorite contemporary authors! I agree everyone should read all of her books. Love Story is a great addition to any bookshelf. Great review!


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