Published by MTV Books on July, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitionsâ€“itâ€™s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her familyâ€™s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erinâ€™s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?
Then, on the day sheâ€™s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. Heâ€™s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erinâ€™s heart with longing. Now sheâ€™s not just imagining what might have been. Sheâ€™s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.
This is my first adventure into a Jennifer Echols novel and I couldn’t have been more excited about what I discovered! Creative writing students? College-aged characters? Count me sold!
It’s so refreshing to read a ‘YA’ tale that centres on college-aged characters. As I’m getting older (I’m 22) I’m finding my enjoyment of sixteen and seventeen year old characters waning, so this was a brilliant and welcome change. I could definitely relate more to Erin and her friends as they try to deal with University life (particularly their creative writing assignments, as I’m doing a similar course) and everything else that this stage in life deals with.
As the characters are older, certain other aspects in the story were also more ‘allowable’. There’s some swearing, but instead of that being overdone it added to the reality of college-life, making the enivornment all that much more easy to get lost in. I also had a bit of a laugh when some of the creative writing stories Erin (and Hunter) submitted bordered on being class as ‘erotica’.
I absolutely loved that we got to read Erin and Hunter’s writing pieces. I, like most of the girls in Erin’s class, really enjoyed Erin’s ‘Almost a Lady‘ and was able to commiserate with her when the boys took a few painful jabs at it for being nothing more than a trashy romance. I also found it extremely mortifying when the boy Erin had based her romantic hero on, turned up in the class just in time to read the story. Jennifer Echols had a brilliant and absolutely unique idea here and Love Story didn’t disappoint!
The dynamic between Erin and Hunter was fantastic. I was hoping they’d end up together from the start. I found myself reading the whole book (it’s around 240 pages) in a matter of hours, eager to see where the story went. There’s a story behind them that spans a few years, and I found it very interesting to learn all the ins and outs of their relationship before college. I also enjoyed their sneaky jabs at one another by presenting stories based on eachother to their creative writing classes.
Like Sarah Dessen, Jennifer Echols’ stories centre more on the relationship between the two focal characters rather than thrilling plot twists and turns. If this kind of thing is too slow for you, you’ll probably have different feelings than I had about Love Story. Once in a while (more often at the moment!) I like to take a break from the fast-paced, twisting supernatural/paranormal YA’s I’ve been drowning in and curl up with a heart-warming contemp. I always find that I can read them in almost one shot, and it was no different with this one.
I’ll definitely be reading more Jennifer Echols in the future. I have her other books – Going Too Far and Forget You – on e-book, as I’ve heard nothing but praise, so I’ll probably jump into them sooner than later. If you love these sort of contemporaries, I urge to you go and pick up Love Story right away!
Recommended to: Fans of contemporary YA will adore Love Story, however those who aren’t too fussed on the genre should probably be wary of the very relationship-centric tales Jennifer Echols is known for.