Review: This Love Story will Self-Destruct by Leslie Cohen

Release Date: January 23rd, 2018

Thank youlove story to Gallery Books and Net Galley for this (my first!) e-ARC.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Favorite Line: “It should be illegal for two English majors to date each other.”

This is the story of Eve and Ben. We meet them in their last year at Columbia University and follow them through their 20s in the great city of New York!

The last half this book was so fun. Eve and Ben are a funny as hell read. Cohen does a wonderful job with their chemistry and their dialogue was so natural. Eve’s sister Emma seemed awesome and I wish there was more of her in the book! And more closure for their relationship with their dad.

What was really jarring for me, was the casual drug use and unhealthy relationship at the beginning. Eve and her friends snort an unidentified white powder hoping it is cocaine, Jesse delivers drugs mid-hookup, then doing heroin…the tone just didn’t mesh. It felt super out of the blue and kind of just dropped in for effect.

That being said, this book spans a decade in Eve and Ben’s lives and it reads very much like quick snippets. I really liked that, it puts the reader at a distance and forces you to just observe. I think this format explains some of what I didn’t like with the loose ends and underdeveloped characters/subjects. It’s a full story in terms of the romance, but everything else is secondary and not necessarily wrapped up unless it moves the relationship somehow.

My favorite character in this was New York City. Like Eve’s mother and many other people, I absolutely love New York City. Well, in my case I love the idea of NYC since I’ve only been there a couple of times. This book takes you on a tour of the city, offering glimpses into different neighborhoods and parks, with Ben on hand to give information you never knew you needed. By the end, I was ready to start job hunting and totally willing to pay my entire salary in rent.


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