Suffer Love: Ashley Herring Blake

Posted May 9, 2016 by Christy || 5 Comments

Suffer Love: Ashley Herring BlakeSuffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher

Hadley St. Clair's life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone.

Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably "feels like home" to Hadley. Hadley and Sam's connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything.

Funny and passionate, Suffer Love is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Suffer Love is so much more than a love story which is, admittedly, what I was expecting from the cover.  The truth is, this book deals with so much more than romance.

When we meet Hadley St. Clair she is in a bad place.  After the way her dad’s affair came to light, I can’t say that I blame her.  I can’t imagine what that would be like and the way that Hadley is coping with it, isn’t healthy.  But she’s a teenage girl and she does the things that distract her from what’s really going on, regardless of whether it’s right, or healthy, or what her best friend, Kat, thinks.  And THAT is what I found so realistic about this book.  When I get hurt, I shut down and I do my best not to let anyone in, and I feel like that is exactly what Hadley is doing.

Sam is another who caught my heart from the beginning.  Like Hadley, he is going through some family drama of his own but he does his best to put on a brave face for his little sister, Livy.  I found that so admirable about him.  Even though his world was turned upside down, he’s still there for his sister.

“I guess the world really does end with a whimper,” he says after a moment. “A whole lot of quiet, a million things left unsaid until it’s too late to say them.”

Kat, well she took a while to grown on me.  At the beginning I was so frustrated with some of the things she would say to Hadley.  And I still kind of am.  But, I tried to put myself in her shoes to try to understand where she was coming from.  And towards the end she opens up and that’s when I started liking her a bit more.

Now, the romance.  It was just SO CUTE.  I loved watching Hadley and Sam interact.  It was like you could just feel the chemistry between them and how they were drawn to each other.  Of course, it wouldn’t be a YA contemporary romance without some crash and burn and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t see it coming from a mile away.  It was so easy to piece together everything, in fact, it’s kind of thrown right in your face the entire time.  BUT, the romance was so cute and I was in love with Hadley and Sam so it didn’t really bother me too much.

Suffer Love turned out to be a big surprise filled not only with cute romance but also some valuable lessons.  This is a book that I can see a lot of people falling in love with.

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5 responses to “Suffer Love: Ashley Herring Blake

  1. Kim

    Ah, I agree with your review! I was also annoyed with Kat at first, but I thought that Kat being like that made it more realistic. And oh my gosh, the tension between Hadley and Sam just made the romance all the more amazing! Great review, Christy!

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  2. Glad you finally liked the characters more by the end and were able to understand the choices they were making, I like it when an author can do that. Wonderful review!

  3. I’m really excited to read this one, Christy. I love the sound of the characters and the romance especially. Sam sounds like a guy I will fall head over heels in love with.
    Lovely review! 🙂

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