Review: Not Exactly a Love Story by Audrey Couloumbis

4 out of 5 stars

“Sociologists have pointed out that attractive people get treated better than less attractive ones. They get more complimented more often. They get unsolicited favors. They get a distorted impression of their importance. It makes sense. If you looked in a mirror and saw that you were beautiful, you’d be satisfied, wouldn’t you? You’d look more often, and each time you’d feel that same satisfaction. After a while, you wouldn’t have to look in the mirror to get that feeling going. You’d just have to think about it. Or not. Satisfaction with yourself is something that can get to be a habit.”

I couldn’t decide on the next book to read so I just randomly picked Not Exactly a Love Story which as it turned out is the perfect pick for when you don’t know what to read next or not sure what book you’re in the mood for.

Set in 1977, the book is an amusing coming-of-age story about a 16 year old boy, Vinnie, whose life suddenly gets upturned by the divorce announcement of his parents and just a few months later of his mother’s engagement to his gym teacher.

As things start to become too much for him to handle, he decides to call Patsy, the girl next door anonymously every midnight only to be rejected each and every time until one day, he finally gets through and they become weird phone pals. Lol.

As the plot progresses, Patsy starts being attracted to Vinnie’s alter-character as Vincenzo even though that’s his real name (Slow much? Patsy? Lol) and at the same time she begins to like the cool boy next door too, Vinnie. Add in to the mix, “Biff”, the big and popular jock who was supposed to be her knight in shining armor but who turns out to be something more of a Ramsay of GOT in the making although I sincerely hope not. And now her emotions are all mixed up.

It’s definitely an enjoyable story, a young adult romance that’s not exactly a love story because it has a really good quirk and twist to it I could not explain that made it work really well, probably even better than your standard love story.

Published by AJ

Hi! I'm Aj from the Philippines. Obviously I love to read and write and from years of experience I have learned that when you love something so much, you would do it absolutely for free so here I am writing stuff for all people to see in the hopes that at least one or maybe two souls could benefit or get little inspiration from what they will read from this blog. Enjoy and spread the love! ;)

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