REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Publication Date: August 5th 2014 by Atria Books
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Number of Pages: 337 pages
My Rating: ★★✩✩✩

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synopsis

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


review

DISCLAIMER: This review is not intended to offend anyone nor discourage anyone from reading the book. However, I do stand by my opinions.

Besides it becoming a movie, the only reason I read this book is my older sister telling me not to waste my time reading it. Curiosity kills the cat.

I should’ve listened to her.

Alright kids, let’s write another book about a broken man using a doormat woman as catharsis at his convenience! BECAUSE IT FREAKING SELLS.
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The book is written in two POVs: Tate’s and Miles’. I am a sucker for mysterious characters, but this book and characters sucked the life out of me. Too much sex scenes for my liking, creepy characters, and melodramatic chapters that are difficult to get into. And Miles, boy, did he not stop talking about a certain Rachel.

“I look at the sink. I want to look at Rachel.
I breathe in air. I want to breathe in Rachel.
I close my eyes. I only see Rachel.
I wash my hands. I want to touch Rachel.”

I SWEAR IF YOU SPEAK OF THAT NAME ONE MORE TIME I —

Goodreads user Kat Stark said:
“I get to Miles chapter and I knew that the style wasn’t for me. I LOVE poetry. I fucking love poetry. This wasn’t poetry. This was someone center-aligning shit and pressing the fucking enter key whenever she felt like it. Bolding shit, repeating words, making words bigger…okay?! Not poetry to me. Poetry makes you feel something without actually telling you what to feel. This is literally TELLING you how to feel and making it look fucking hipster cool.”

Couldn’t have said it any better.

The blurb undoubtedly oversells the book. I’ve never been this cold-hearted towards a character before, but I just couldn’t sympathize with them. The author dictates you how to feel but doesn’t make you feel.

The one thing that really made me pick this book up was Miles being a pilot. Did I expect aviation-related pick up lines? Hell yes. But sadly, the author seemed to know nothing much about the said profession and used it as nothing more than a title. Why? Oh, I don’t know. Maybe because Miles Archer being a pilot makes him 100x hotter.
 photo giphy 3.gifTate, on the other hand, is one of the most desperate, pathetic protagonist I’ve ever encountered.
When a guy tells you he WANTS you but doesn’t want to do anything with you, would that flatter you? Would that make you scream “I won!” at the top of your lungs like Tate?
 photo tumblr_lqnm9kowyU1qhd14co1_500.gifIt terrifies me that this happens in real life — that some women allow themselves to be treated badly and be used as someone else’s sex object.

“Yet here I sit, pretending to be fine with just sex. Maybe if it starts out this way, it’ll eventually end up being something more.”

Don’t even.

Let it be known that Colleen Hoover’s love interests, at least the ones that I’ve read about, never really worked for me. Dean Holder from Hopeless, Will Cooper from Slammed, and now Miles Archer. They’re all without self-control. And also very creepy.
But of course, we don’t see that because they’re all ridiculously hot, right? Nice.

Watch the movie teaser below:

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