Let's be honest, there are books you see circling the web continuously and wonder if you should try. I remember seeing Things I Know About Love on multiple book blogs and started to brush them off after 10+ times. Somehow though, that cute cover kind of grabbed me (yes, I was that shallow in my choice) and I decided to give it a try. Boy am I glad that I did!
Review: Although I've seen some serious mixed reviews on this novel, I have to say that it really grabbed me and shook me up a bit. In short, it made me cry, and I was okay about it. Livia was a sweet character, filled with vulnerabilities and a kind of guilelessness that didn't have me skeptically doubting her goodness, but rather had me wanting to have someone shelter her. The experiences that Livia has had as a teen with boyfriends of various kinds feel very familiar and real, from the boy who wanted to kiss and tell, to the boy who stole her heart but couldn't follow through when she needed him the most. Every heart break and tale of vulnerability had me heartbroken!
For an honest, personal moment, I have to acknowledge that some of the themes of love and loss really spoke to me. I'm not always about butterflies and rainbows, so the balanced happiness and sorrow of this novel felt very real and open. The ending is very bittersweet, and one that I felt gives the reader a real chance to think about love for themselves. I can definitely recommend this book to my students and friends, as it is a great, thought-provoking read. Don't be deceived by the cute, "chick lit" type cover. This is not a light read. It might not end exactly how you think it's going to, but it was beautiful and one that I can't help thinking about days after I finished reading.