Title: Suffer Love
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Advance Reading Copy
Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley
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 received a digital review copy of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group via NetGalley for my participation in this blog tour. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
Suffer Love is one of the books I’ve set my eyes upon on since last year and I’m telling you, it’s worth the wait! This book is definitely my kind of contemporary. It really didn’t take a lot of chapters for to get me hooked on Hadley and Sam’s story. I instantly knew that I wouldn’t be able to put it down.
The storyline, the continuity and how things are interconnected like a perfectly woven tapestry in this book is one of the things that I find laudable about Suffer Love. I didn’t mind the amount of coincidences long as it brings our two characters together.
There is no denying that I’m already going crazy over Sam’s insta-attraction towards Hadley, the chemistry between the two is just too strong. And thank God, there wasn’t a hint of insta-love. But what really made my heart explode for containing too much feels is the slow-burn romance. I can still feel everything fresh from the book. I can’t even compare their love story to Romeo and Juliet simply because it’s epic in it’s own.
But more than just the romance, this book is also about family and dysfunctions. Hadley and Sam both have issues in their families. With Hadley’s parents struggling relationship and Sam’s father abandoning them, it shows how these issues reflect on the characters’ personality and how they deal with it in different ways. It is really evident on how these family issues affect everyone and plays a major role in everyone’s lives. I appreciate how these “dysfunctions” where utilized in the plot to highlight a lot of different aspects and not just something to add to have a bit of drama.
I also love the dual POV that’s alternating between Hadley and Sam. They sound really different in these narrations that I can really feel every word and it pierces through me. I can’t even pick which POV I prefer because enjoyed reading in both.
There’s no reason to even put this book down once you start reading it. The narration will get you engaged, the plot is captivating and gripping and heart breaking… and the characters are just real and raw. I hope that’s enough to make you pick up this book and add Suffer Love on your shelves. Because, I am not kidding when I say that you need to read this book. It’s the perfect read especially for contemporary lovers.
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.—
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