Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What a refreshingly relevant romance. Our two main characters, Chloe and Red, are endearing in a way that most Millennials will understand well. They're messed up, or so they believe, and their individual struggles with pain, both emotional and physical, stand as an obstacle to them being able to truly open up and trust the other. Headstrong Chloe is burdened by the physical aches of fibromyalgia while Red bears the emotional scars of a traumatic, abusive relationship. As they each try to navigate through their struggles, they find themselves caught in a budding romance. But inevitably, carrying such weighty baggage while grappling with their undeniable feelings for each other leads to wires being crossed, and deep, unhealed emotions to be triggered. Both Chloe and Red are forced to learn how to love each other beyond the struggles of life by letting go of their fears and learning how to trust.
I loved the complexity of these characters' struggles because they were so relatable. I felt like both of these characters could've been two people that I went to school with back in the day. They're imperfect, but they're sincere in simply trying to do their best, even as they stumble when it comes to matters of love. Talia Hibbert's writing was also very enjoyable with plenty of levity to keep the overall tenor of the story light-hearted and entertaining, in spite of the depths of our protagonists' physical and mental troubles. This was a beautiful love story, and I found myself rooting for Chloe and Red right until the very end. I'm now a new fan of Talia Hibbert's and I'm eager to delve into the worlds of Chloe's sisters in the following sequels.
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