19 Jul 2019

Review: Love Me, Love Me Not

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

From Goodreads:
When Hailey Brown is removed from her home and put into foster care, all she wants is a safe, comfortable place where she can finish school and move on with her life. It’s not easy adjusting to a new school and a new life, but Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and their teenage son, Brad, welcome Hailey with open arms.

As Hailey begins to adjust to her new life, she and Brad grow closer. For the first time, Hailey feels like she might have a real shot at a future. Soon, however, Hailey realizes her relationship with Brad has crossed the line from friendship into something more. But being with Brad would mean giving up the perfect life that Hailey has waited so long to have.

Can Hailey and Brad resist the feelings that are developing between them—or will they risk it all to be together?

No matter what we do in life, our pasts always catch up sooner or later. It's better to face it straight on than run from it, or that's what I would have told Hailey to do. 

Love Me, Love Me Not is a book about going against the norm and finding love in a little inconvenient place. Hailey Doesn't have long until she turns eighteen and is on her own, but until that day she must stay in the foster care system. The problem isn't that Hailey doesn't readjust into the new family It's Hailey's boyfriend  Chase, who isn't the most honest and loving boyfriend there is. So she gets passed around until she meets the Campbells. A rich family living in a massive house behind tall gates. Hailey really wants to stay with them, but fate seems to be thinking otherwise. 

The plot is quite predictable, you see who the villain is from the very beginning. Hailey has had a difficult childhood that she is now trying to put in the past. She appears a little vulnerable on the surface due to the constant fear of getting rejected by others. She hasn't had a healthy and stable friendship before moving in with the Campbells and it shows in her character.

The plot is perfect for contemporary YA: The main character is a girl with a troubling past, the male lead is the popular boy in the school. They first make friends and then more, hiding it from everyone else. Girl's past catches up to her causing trouble in her current relationship situation, so she ends up going away from it all until the popular boy comes to get her back. Cliched? Yes. Still good? Yes.

So if you are looking for a contemporary YA that you can read in one evening Love Me, Love Me Not is the perfect book for you. 

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