Publisher: MTV Books
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Source of my copy: publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions--it's her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family's racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin's college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?
Then, on the day she's sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He's joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin's heart with longing. Now she's not just imagining what might have been. She's writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.
I really like books in which the story is in a college setting. It's something different than the typical high school setting in so many young adult novels these days. I was able to relate with rich-girl-turned-poor college student Erin right away. I too pretty much survived most of my years in college eating crackers and ramen noodles, working minimum-wage jobs and penny pinching so that I have money saved up for the next semester. Erin also loved romance novels (another thing we have in common) and there was this scene in the book where she had to defend it against a-hole male classmates which had me going "amen sister" because I've been in a similar situation before.
Hunter was a hottie. He was the right balance of arrogance and niceness that I like in my young adult heroes. I was able to see what he really felt for Erin even though she tried to deny it. I really liked that Hunter and Erin knew each other already and have history before the story began. These two had a lot of chemistry but they were hot and cold with each other for most of the book and I wished they got together sooner than they did.
The whole story battle Erin and Hunter had during their creative writing class was fun and different. Erin wrote a romance for class with her as the heroine and wrote her stable boy with Hunter in mind. And who walks in her class but the stable boy himself when she had to share it. Hunter responded by writing a provocative piece that gave hints to his secrets. All through the book we read their stories and we learn more about their feelings for each other, their history, their family and their background. Their classmates were completely oblivious of this back and forth between them and as a reader you feel that sort of "in" with Erin and Hunter. The secondary characters all had different personalities and they were interesting on their own.
There were some scenes and dialogue that felt messy and didn't feel authentic, as well as some unnecessary drama. It ended abruptly too. I wish it went a little longer because there were issues that weren't quite resolves and words that needed to be said. An epilogue would've been nice too. There was a lot of sexual talk/innuendo, teenage sexuality (though nothing really graphic), a few f-bombs, drinking and partying so I don't recommend this book to middle grade readers.
Overall, Love Story was a fun, engaging read--it's the kind of contemporary young adult I enjoy reading. It's a mix of drama, romance and humor with great main characters that were likable and relatable. If you're looking for a light, romantic read you should definitely pick this book up. 4 out of 5 stars