Sunday, February 14, 2016

F*ck Love Valentine GIVEAWAY: Win a signed copy of F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher

F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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Helena Conway has fallen in love.
Unwillingly. Unwittingly.
But not unprovoked.
Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered,
and not even a little bit careful.
It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend.
Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.
Until she doesn’t.

Well, she’s done it. Fisher has definitely caught me off guard with F*ck Love.

Based on the title, I guess I was expecting the literary version of angry indie chick rock, extremely well written angry indie chick rock, but an anti-love anthem of devastating proportions. I was definitely anticipating a book to tear my heart to pieces; pieces I was pretty sure Fisher would stomp all over. Twice. With heals

That wasn’t this book.

That wasn't this book in all the best ways. I entered F*ck Love with a bad case of anticipatory anxiety. I was afraid that I would be forced prompted to fall in love with something unobtainable. Forced to feel and desire something so badly, only to be denied. She would force me to want. Want something I knew I couldn't have. This is the Fisher way.

But not the F*ck Love way.

What I discovered reading F*ck Love, was an author in a completely different place in her life. It is no secret that Tarryn Fisher's words emulate real life. Her own personal experience breathes life into her characters, a catharsis of even the blackest parts of her soul. Her writing is her vulnerability, and her strength. But F*ck Love contained a glimpse of light that I've never seen in any of her other novels.

This book was emotional and intense, but I didn't feel like my heart was chained to a lead weight drowning in a chasm of anger and bitterness.

Don't get me wrong, that crushing feeling of honest and raw emotion is the very thing I love most about Tarryn Fisher novels, but this was something different all together. This was a reflection of a totally different person.

It was true. It was real. It was Fisher.
"You want to be you," he says.
"And that doesn't offend me."
I felt like she finally gave us her best version of a happy ending.

I was a little indifferent about things that transpired leading up to the end, the book taking an unforeseen turn. Specifically the addition of a secondary character which would unconventionally link this novel with others. This character was definitely intriguing, but something about it just didn't fit with this story. It was definitely creative and unexpected, but something about it lacked cohesion with what I had read up to that point. I didn't not like it, but like I said.....indifferent. I was also left with quite a few unasnwered questions, a few loose ends to be tied up, but instead I was left with a rushed sense of incompleteness.

Even though the main characters of F*ck Love reflected similarities of other characters found in previous Tarryn Fisher novels, the overall feel of this book was unique from anything the author has written before. She consistently uses her ability to weave profound feelings into actual thoughts. She is an artist.

If you are looking for something different in the world of Tarryn Fisher, this is it.
"The truth is often angry."

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  1. Hmmm... I'm worried about this one. I've had it since its release, but I'm afraid to read it. I hold Tarryn's work in a special place in my head and heart and I don't want that place ruined... Nice review!

  2. Loved this book (have the ebook) and all of Tarryn's other books. Crossing my fingers, thanks!