ARC Review: Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

Title: Suffer Love

Author: Ashley Herring Blake

Published by: HMH | 03 May 2016

Date Read: 16 April 2016

Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“Just let it go.”

That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.

Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.

Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?

REVIEW

*ARC kindly provided by HMH Books thru Edelweiss for review.*

Cheating:  to take something from someone by lying or breaking a rule.

Cheating is such a sore topic not only for me but for the majority. Who does like cheating? No one right? I have no remarkable life changing experience that involves cheating but I do know that when this word somehow got involved in your life, it will be messy and dirty and tough.

Suffer Love isn’t the first story that has this element as its topic but it is the first book that I get to read that handled the  situation of Cheating in the realest form.

It all started in the afternoon of April fifth.

Hadley arrived home in a house plastered with papers basically telling her that her father is having an affair. As a daughter whom you could call a “daddy’s girl” Hadley was devastated. She begins to lose her trust to the male population in general.

“The old Hadley believed in romance and lasting love. Craved it, would wait a lifetime for it, same as Kat. The new Hadley knows better.”

Hadley’s character is so transparent that you can easily see through her mind – what she’s thinking, what are her next actions would be. She’s very interesting to read and to know more about. She’s flawed and her actions may not be that kind of right for us but I understand her and where this side of her is coming from. We can still see that Hadley indeed still loves her father but at the same time she’s scared that he might break their hearts and their trusts again.

Then she met Samuel or just Sam *insert heart eyed emoji here* in school. He has an instant connection with Hadley. But Sam is facing his own troubles at home. After his father packed up his bag and go, Sam made himself responsible for his little sister while trying his best to avoid his mother at home.

Sam’s character is a tough nut to crack. It was actually hard to read his mind and to really get to know him. He’s your typical all tough up man character but in the end still get to show his softest side.

From the get go, you can easily see how Hadley and Sam will probably be connected aside from both living in a tangled mess that is their family life –  but there is definitely more to that so be sure to keep into it until the very last page. 😉

“Once something breaks, you can never put it back together like it was. There will always be cracks and glue stains and uneven surfaces.”

The main focus of the story was cheating and how it affects the family of both parties. I really like how to author handled this topic as well as how she portrayed the reactions of each family that is affected. This is life’s reality and writing about this topic is I guess a good means for people to be open about it as well.

Overall, I really really really enjoyed reading Suffer love. I love the pacing of the story and how we were given the chance to digest the story one page at a time. The story has a great balance of deep seriousness and adorable fuzziness as well. Plus all the characters despite their age seemed to be so well established.

I’m giving this story 5 lovely stars because of all the heart-wrenching feels it has given me. It’s a bittersweet story about family, friends and young love. I love how the story flowed and the characters’ connection with one another.

It’s cliché it might be predictable but overall it’s a very good story.

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