Book Review: F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher

10 Jan 2016

Book Title: F*ck Love
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Series: Standalone
Release Date: Dec 31st, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Helena Conway has fallen in love.
Unwillingly. Unwittingly.
But not unprovoked.
Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered, and not even a little bit careful.
It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend.
Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.
Until she doesn’t.

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F*ck Love is a book I pondered back and forth whether I wanted to read it. The vast majority of friends LOVED it, but I was on the fence. First the dedication ticked me off a bit,
For my haters, fuck you.
Okaaaay. Not knowing the author personally, I didn't see the humor in it and I found it off-putting and it just put a bad taste in my mouth. Not a good taste to start a book with... So, where am I going with this? Right okay....I decided to look the other way and keep an open mind. I am so so glad that I did. I read this book in less than a day and I am a snail-pace reader. I DEVOURED it!

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F*ck Love is a love it or hate it kind of book. Those that loved this book, I can attest were able to really grasp all the hidden lessons this book is chock full of. On the surface it seems humorous chick lit but it's so much more.

Helena is our heroine and she is not without quirky issues. If you're a reader looking for a tough as nails heroine, look elsewhere. She's human and has flaws...mostly in the lower self esteem category. Helena falls asleep and has a vivid dream and when she wakes, it's almost as if her life has changed and she looks to make that dream come true. Unfortunately the dream includes her best friend's boyfriend, Kit, a guy she barely knows. This could get a bit awkward...

So from this point of the book, I'm hooked because this exact thing has occurred in my life. Haven't you ever awoken from a dream and it almost seems like it really happened? I once dreamed my husband cheated on me and let me say I was pissed at him the whole next day! So I loved this premise of the story. Helena is fairly blah and this dream is totally not her! So as her story progresses, is it the dream inevitably coming to life or is Helena purposefully directing it in order to make that dream come true?

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Comedy: I seriously loved this aspect of the book. Helena was awkward with her obsession with KFC and Kit Kats or her innate ability to dribble wine all over herself. I admit to doing the same- only when I'm wearing white. Or dry-clean only clothes. She's a bit manic, can be pretty indecisive on life decisions, but I looked at this book as a journey of sorts for a girl living a life of beige. She's drab and wall-flowerish and maybe that color is just not for her in the end...

Angst: This book one-two punched me with the angst. Just when I'm all settled into the day to day comedic life of Helena, the author socks me upside the head with a pretty tragic twist. I didn't see it coming and a few quotes in the mind of Helena really hit me in the feels for this particular aspect of the book. It was almost personal for me and well well written.

Each character has a role in this story and even if it seemed their part seemed fleeting, they have a deeper role in the lessons in life we learned. I found myself highlighting almost the entire epilogue or anything pertaining to the character, Muslim as his role is pivotal in the book.

So, enough rambling. I loved this book. I hope everyone who reads it can take away from it what I learned from it. I finished this book shaking- it was that touching for me. Thank you for that Ms. Fisher. And I forgive you for making my first impression not good with that dedication. After reading Helena's humor in this, I truly understand that is Tarryn Fisher's humor coming through. You made it up to me with flying colors with that story.....

A few quotes that I found most profound and their meaning is deep within the theme of F*ck Love. Just look for it!!!

“Art is the blood that comes from a wound. You can’t let it scab; let it keep bleeding. Let it bleed until you have enough blood to paint with.” 


Who wants to hide from the truth? Maybe people who have had too much of it. Or people who have had too little. Or people who are too shallow to appreciate it's hard edges. #TRUTH 


You can love someone your whole life and not know why. You can even live with it. 


Don’t be upset that you can’t attain constant happiness. It’s the quickest way to feel like a failure in life. If each of our lives represented a page in a book, happiness would be the punctuation. It breaks up the parts that are too long. 


Embrace the lows so that you can more effectively enjoy the highs. Love the fight. Love it so much, and let it save you when your emotional muscles have become soft.


I would like to write a novel that every, single person loves, but not even J.K. Rowling could do that. Instead, I try to write stories that pull on people's emotions. I believe that sadness is the most powerful emotion, and swirled with regret the two become a dominating force. I love villains. Three of my favorites are Mother Gothel, Gaston and the Evil Queen who all suffered from a pretty wicked case of vanity (like me). I like to make these personality types the center of my stories. 

I love rain, Coke, Starbucks and sarcasm. I hate bad adjectives and the word "smolder". If you read my book-I love you. If you hate my book-I still love you, but please don't be mean to me; I'm half badass, half cry baby.

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