Book Review – Ugly Love by Collen Hoover

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Ugly Love

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publication: August 5th, 2014

Publisher: Atria Books

Format: Kindle Edition, 337 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read: November 2015

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly
.

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This is kind of your typical NA romance plot. There’s a lot, a lot of angst and drama. The regular miscommunication plot with your dash of back and forth with the main character’s decisions. What made it different than most was the raw pain and vulnerability in the character’s back story which really hits close to heart and makes you more absorbed in what you’re reading.
Writing Style – 3 out of 5 stars
Not that great, it’s very simple and its kind of torn. Between POVs, there’s a change in the style and it didn’t make a lot of sense to me. When it’s Tate’s POV, it flowed well and it had good descriptions and it was engaging. When it’s Miles’s POV, it’s awekward because it’s middle spaced and meant to be poetic I guess. It was kind of like she was trying too hard to be artistic and whimsy and it didn’t work for me.
Characters – 3 out of 5 stars
This is where the entire book let down for me. The characters started well but everything just went downhill when the romance started. Tate started off as a strong, indepent woman but as soon as Miles gave her the time of day, she just melted and not in the good way. She got really annoying because of how much of a pushover she became when it came to him. She was weak and easily manipulated and overly emotional. She would make these awful statements saying that she would never let anyone treat her badly except for Miles because she just caves for anything he says and THAT IS NOT OKAY, kids. On his end, Miles is rude and a jerk and really closed off. I could understand where he was coming from considering how much pain he was in and how vulnerable he felt. But at the same time, he was really in denial and it got annoying, real quick. In general, I was frustrated and irritated with them and they put a huge damper on a book.

Emotionally

 I had such high expectations for this book considering how big the fandom is for it as well as for Colleen Hoover, but I was really disappointed and upset.

The plot was frustrating. We follow Tate who just recently moved in temporarily with her brother when she meets Miles, a close off friend/coworker of her brother’s. The plot it just recycled from years and years of the same NA books. There’s an undeniable attraction between two people, the guy doesn’t want a relationship for a secret reason, they begin a friends with benefits situation that they think will turn out fine but then the girl falls hard and fast and everything turns to shit. And by that last line I mean that this girl loses all signs of her self respect and let’s the guy manipulate her and play with her feelings like she’s a lifeless puppet and IT’S THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD. Not only is it just awful to portray a female character who crumbles when in love with a man, but I was expecting a lot more originality and creativity from such a well know and well loved author. But it was just a typical plot with much more angst than normal for a person. She created a scenario that was so dramatic and painful, although it is what I actually liked about the book. That’s the only reason that this book isn’t two stars because it is such an overly developed back story for these characters that it deserved some consideration. But it still just felt like a soap opera to be honest.

Tate started off well. She seemed like a strong-willed and tough young woman in the beginning. But as soon as she started to have feelings for Miles and started to feel how he was not on the same page as her, she crumbled. She let him get away with things like treating her badly, speaking to her in a rude manner, shutting her out only because he was Miles. And it was so frustrating and annoying! That’s not the kind of thing that should be shown to young women. You should NEVER lower your standards or let someone treat you worse than you deserve just because you love them. It is not okay. The worst part of it all is that she would constantly repeat how would never let anyone else treat her that way, that it wasn’t okay for anyone to treat her like that except for Miles. NO ONE SHOULD TREAT ANYONE LIKE DIRT UNDER THEIR SHOES. I don’t care how much you love them or how much you want them in your life, do not lower your standards for them.

I felt bad for Miles, considering his back story and all he had gone through, but those circumstances do not excuse his behavior towards Tate. There is no excuse for making someone feel less than because you had a hard life or a tough past. It’s never an excuse. It’s a reason to look for help in a therapist to get over what happened to you so you can be part of a healthy and loving relationship. Which is why I did not like the “happy ending” this story gave. It’s not that easy to get over such pain and hurt just by having a talk with a person about it. It’s a process.

In the end, I enjoyed the process of the story even though it was a recycled idea but the relationship between the characters was not healthy and it’s not something that should be romanticed.

So that’s for this review! Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you think about my very strong opinions. Thanks for reading and see you on my next post!

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7 thoughts on “Book Review – Ugly Love by Collen Hoover

  1. Oops. My comment sent before done…You shouldn’t lower your standards or let someone treat you worse than you deserve, but the reality is that love has a way of making you accept things you normally wouldn’t. I think it’s especially true when you’re young. I wouldn’t accept now what I would have when I was Tate’s age. So while there’s no excuse for treating someone like crap, it happens and I like that Colleen Hoover portrayed that. It’s something some people will identify with.

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  2. Great review! I know many people that have felt the same way. I’m going to play devil’s advocate with a couple of your statements, though. I think there will always be female characters who crumbles when in love with a man. Why? Because it happens in real life. I’ve seen it happen many time. Heck, it happened to me when I was young . When you love someone unconditionally SO MUCH some times you’re willing to take what they’re willing to give. It’s messed up, but it happens. You should NEVER lower your standards or let someone treat you worse than you deserve just because you love them.

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