Monday, 6 February 2012

Review of This is a Love Story by Jessica Thompson

** What it's about **

This is a love story. 

Boy meets girl and girl falls for boy - that much is true. 

But when Sienna meets Nick it's not the way it happens in love stories. It's because of a squirrel on water skis...

She sees Nick's dangerous brown eyes and thinks,





Who will be there to catch Siena when she falls? She is so fragile. She has so many secrets, and he is not that serious.

Funny and sad, this is the story of two people destined never to come together in the great love affair they crave more than anything else.

** What I thought **

This is a Love Story is described as a “quirky modern love story reminiscent of 500 Days of Summer”.

I have to start by mentioning the cover of this book which is just gorgeous.

This story spans about 5 years; it certainly isn’t a whirlwind fantasy.  I have to admit, at times I did find that it was kind of dragged out in that I wanted to bash their heads together and make them realise just what the other person saw.  I can understand how some people would find these extremely frustrating, but then I guess that’s the point, the course of true love doesn’t run smooth, we don’t all have whirlwind romances that pan out just the way they do in the movies.  The tagline for this book is “but not every story is the same” and so this is the story of Nick and Sienna.

I was hooked to the story early on.  I’m a sucker for romance, so when Nick and Sienna’s eyes meet on a crowded train, I had exceptionally high hopes for this stunningly beautiful girl and this gorgeous man with dangerous brown eyes that you could just fall into.

However, this isn’t JUST a love story.  It also deals with narcolepsy and cataplexy and homelessness; there are some very thought-provoking and moving chapters within this book.  I don’t want to say much more, as you need to experience it for yourself.

Jessica Thompson has a wonderful witty style of writing, and I often found myself smiling or giggling along to this book.  The character of Sienna is an old head on young shoulders, and I found her very easy to warm to.  At times I found Nick extremely shallow; within the same sentence he would often switch from being totally in love with Sienna to considering how gorgeous other girls were.  This meant that at times I wanted to smack him, but generally I warmed to him and was dying for him to take Sienna in his arms and tell her how he felt.

I think 2012 is going to the year where I discover some fantastic debuts, and I’m definitely adding this one to my list.  Despite the frustrations of the long time line of this book, I very much enjoyed it and will certainly be looking out for Jessica Thompson’s next book. This is a Love Story left me wanting more.

For your chance to win a copy of "This is a Love Story" by Jessica Thompson, follow the Rafflecopter instructions in the giveaway post.  Closes 9th Feb.


  1. Kirsty
    Letting you know you won a copy of Chime. I have sent you an email.

  2. OOh love the sound of this! Off to enter! x

  3. I have this on my to be read pile and bought it purely because of that funky synopsis and gorgeous cover! really glad you enjoyed it looking forward to this one :)


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