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What I’ve Been Reading #80

Friday, June 5, 2015

I recently read the book The Look Of Love by Sarah Jio. It was a quick read and it held my interest, but in parts it was really cheesy! There was also one thing that bothered me about the description: “Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love is utterly enchanting.” It says that Jane has until the full moon following her birthday, but in the book she only had until sunset on her birthday! Nitpicky much? Yes, always. There were a bunch of different couples described in the book and all of them might have been interesting on their own, but interspersed together, it was almost difficult to keep apart which was which. There was one married woman who fell for a neighbor, a woman who fell for a married man, a pregnant woman whose boyfriend left her, and the main character’s brother who fell for a woman he saw through a window but never met, among others. Jane was supposed to identify the six types of love and include the stories of the people she knew to explain these types of love. That part of the book didn’t work for me, because I wouldn’t have characterized the stories the way that Jane did. One thing I found interesting was that all of the stories were referred to as love, even though not all of them were shown as meant to be together. As a quick read, I liked the book, but as a real look at love, I wouldn’t recommend it!

What have you been reading lately?