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Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Rate: 4.5 Stars
Hadley St. Clair’s life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone.
Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably “feels like home” to Hadley. Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything.
Funny and passionate, Suffer Love is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Suffer Love for an honest review.
Suffer Love is honest, heartfelt, sweet, and heartbreaking. If one day your life is turned upside down and the people you trusted most in the world had ruined it, could you trust anyone again? That is what happens to Hadley. When your parents hurt you and they are supposed to protect you, it makes you question everyone. I loved the struggles that we see this girl dealing with because of this turmoil. She has changed since this has happened, including her relationships with boys.
Sam has just moved to a new school, right away he is drawn to Hadley. He is warned by Josh that she is a tease and that she fools around but never puts out. Sam notices that Hadley is having a hard time at school with certain ones, so he is there to help her.
There is an instant attraction between them but Hadley is leery. Sam soon realizes something about Hadley and it could change everything between them. He wants to tell her but he also doesn’t know how, and is scared she will hate him.
Can mistakes from the past be forgiven? Can anyone really start over again? Will Hadley be able to forgive Sam for keeping a secret? You have to read this book to find out.
I loved that the story felt so true to the characters and what their choices would need to be in real life not just to make everything sugar coated. This is an emotional situation that would effect so many and have real consequences that would have to be dealt with. I loved how the author addressed all of that. The friends and supporting characters were great in this book, especially Ajay. I would love a companion novel on him. He was so charming and funny. This is a book I would definitely recommend and I am giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
“You have to admit, it’s a little unusual to meet a teenage-boy-slash-baker-slash-athlete.”
“Well now you’ve met one.”
“I guess I have. What would Josh say? He’d say ‘Dude, this cake kicks ass.'”
“Oh my god, you sound just like him.”
“It’s not like that stuff is yours.” His lips spread into a mischievous smile, both eyebrows popped into his messy hair. “Wait. Is that your?”
“I haven’t done this in forever,” she says, staring at the sky.
I lie down and roll my body in her direction. It takes me three rotations to reach her. “What? Been to a park?”
“Oh, this is gonna be good,” Sam says, his leg pressing against mine under the table.
Ajay narrows his eyes at him. “I cried when I read the last scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. you know, when Harry kneels down in front of his kid and calls him Albus Severus? Gah. Totally bawled.”
“Who didn’t?” Livy asks.
Sam lifts a hand. “But only because I had already wept a river when Voldemort dropped dead. Loved that guy.”
Ashley Herring Blake is a poet, teacher, and YA novelist. Her debut novel, SUFFER LOVE, follows two teens as they attempt to wade through an intense relationship complicated by their parents’ infidelities. Ashley lives in Nashville, TN.