There was a short period between this and my previous review because I literally got through this novel so quick!
I started reading it right after I finished Defy the Stars and I got through the first 100 pages in what felt like no time!
I’d like to thank Hachette Canada for providing me with an ARC for this novel, I was so happy to receive it.
Release Date: May 15th, 2018
Pages: 352 Pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: LGBT and YA
Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny’s life. She’s failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her as she struggles to discover who that self really is.
First I’d like to mention that this novel contains mentions of suicide, eating disorders, and depression. Please understand this before deciding to pick this novel up.
I wanted to love this novel so badly. I read the synopsis and automatically was intrigued with the plot and the characters we got to follow.
Unfortunately, this novel fell a bit flat for me and I really couldn’t get into it after the first 100 or so pages. After starting this novel I honestly thought it was going to be a new favourite for me. The first 100 pages were so interesting and strong that I couldn’t put the book down when I first picked it up, but despite that, I found myself becoming more and more disinterested as the book went on.
The characters in this novel all went through a lot. They had lives that were everything but easy, and they worked through these difficulties with a lot of strength, which was admirable.
Unfortunately other than that strength, I didn’t find much more about the characters to be entirely interesting. I found myself easily becoming annoyed with the characters and their choices and I found that I really didn’t care what happened with them.
I don’t want to mention too much about the characters because I feel like that might be a bit spoiler-y but I do want to mention that these characters all definitely showed a lot of growth throughout the novel, but I found the growth to be expected and uninteresting.
I feel horrible for saying that, but I honestly couldn’t connect with these characters, so when anything of matter happened to them in this novel, I just didn’t care.
Writing + Plot
The writing in this novel was entirely ordinary. It wasn’t horrible, but it also didn’t amaze me. I found myself skimming a lot of the pages when I got near the end of the book, and I don’t want to blame that on the writing as much as I want to blame it on the plot.
I think the biggest issue I had with this novel was with how slow everything moved. Not only was the content of this novel something that had a slow burn, but on top of that, all the interesting plot points I actually liked, tended to just slow to a turtle like crawl and I found myself becoming disinteresting in them because I just didn’t want to follow them that slowly.
I don’t know if it’s because I’m someone who likes a novel that has a certain swiftness to it’s plot, but I felt like this novel just dragged on for the second half of it.
All in all, this novel is one that I know a lot of people are going to love. It has a great discussion in regards to mental health issues and also includes a F/F relationship that I personally loved. This novel was not for me at all, but I do think that if you’re someone who likes a slow burn, this novel will probably be perfect for you!
For all my Fantasy and Sci-Fi readers, maybe pass on this one, it’s just not something that could compare to the swiftness of a high fantasy novel, so I don’t know if it’d hit you like you’d want it to.
That concludes my review for Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves.
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