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Fastest review ever.
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HO-MY-GOD! That was the most serious thing I’d read in so long.
Ugly Love is and has to be one of the most PAINFULLY BEAUTIFUL novels I’ve read, and can recall.
I really don’t feel like anything more needs to be said. Painfully Beautiful pretty much sums up this entire book.
Sometimes, we get caught up in the romance of books, and the idea of unrealistic romance, that we often forget that sometimes love isn’t so clean cut. Love is messy, and painful, and sometimes it can be downright ugly.
Upon moving into her brother’s apartment while continuing her education, Tate meets Miles Archer. It was probably one of the more memorable meetings considering she met him while he was passed out on the floor in front of her brother’s apartment. But ever since that meeting she hasn’t been able to get him off her mind. As closed off as he seems, an attraction builds between them. He wants one thing and she wants another. At first she think she can handle all that is Miles Archer, even after learning about his two rules: don’t ask about the past, and don’t fall in love. But try as he might, Miles feels something for her. He just doesn’t want it to be love.
Hands down, this was probably one of the EASIEST novels I’ve ever read. I was surprised to have finished it in two days considering it is a standard sized novel. Perhaps because Hoover implemented a different writing style to make words float off the page, as well as making Miles’ chapters much smaller and easier to follow. As short as his chapters are, they are just as important as the complexity which is Tate.
I will admit, no tears were shed on behalf of this novel. It makes me wonder if I’m some sort of heartless reader. But there WAS PAIN, a lot of pain. The heartbreak kind. The kind that eats away at your chest and your insides. The kind of pain that reminds you that you can feel things. Am I a masochist for enjoying the pain these books bring me? Maybe. But that’s not a bad thing. It proves that books have the power to make their readers feel something; that in all the pain of love, there’s also happy moments that make us forget the pain.
“Love isn’t always pretty, Tate. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”
Do I admire Tate as a character or a person? Maybe, I don’t know. In a way we’re similar. She’s also a masochist in my opinion. She stays with Miles even though he told her not to fall in love with her. THAT NEVER GOES WELL. Telling someone not to fall in love with you is like inception. It’s going to happen just because you told them not to. Part of me wants to hate Miles a little bit, but after you find out what happened to him, you can’t help but think he’s justified in his actions. I mean what happened was pretty…traumatizing.
This is NOT the book for you if you like happy romances. Although this book has a happy ending, it’s a long and painful road just to get there. You may not cry, but you’ll definitely feel something. Like a gaping hole in your chest.
5/5 Hearts of Love