Friday, November 4, 2016

LOVE LITERARY STYLE BY KARIN GILLESPIE - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is Love Literary Style by Karin Gillespie. Thanks so much to the author for sending me a copy of her book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.


I went into this book knowing that it was going to be about two writers who are from very different areas of literature and their relationship that develops. I suppose that is essentially it, but there is much more to the story.

The story is told in alternating third person perspectives, starting with Aaron Mite, a college professor who has been working on his novel for 5 years. He believes that cliches are a sign of poor writing, and that true literature lies in that of high brow pieces that make you think, not *gasp* steamy romances or 'genre fiction' as he so lovingly refers to it. Our other character is Laurie Lee, a self-pubbed author of such love stories who gets mistakingly invited to a writers colony, instead of the astute Laura T. Leer. While at the conference, the two find they are rooming next to each other and hit it off. Admittedly, Laurie is looking for a fling, and Aaron still thinks she's Laura T. Leer.

Eventually, things get cleared up and the two leave the conference still a couple.

Back home, Aaron tries desperately to get his novel published and win the approval of his father, an acclaimed critic and Laurie gains more momentum as an indie author.

I won't say too much more about the plot, because I don't want to give much more away.

I really enjoyed the publishing and editorial elements of this book; I have little knowledge of those areas professionally myself, so it was really interesting to get a glimpse into (what I'm assuming is an accurate portrayal of) the publishing world.

In terms of characters, I really liked Laurie, she was super sweet, down to Earth, and trying to do what's best for her. I did think that she let herself get pushed around a bit too much, but I think character flaws like these make for more realistic characters. I didn't love Aaron as much. The blurb mentions something about The Rosie Project, and if you've read that book, Aaron is much like the main character in that book. He doesn't really, I guess, understand the social world around him. He tries his hand at social media and the examples in the book had me laughing out loud it was so bad. Yes, he is this extremely book smart, well-read individual, but make him emotionally connect with someone else, and he's got nothing. At times I found this endearing, but other times I found it painful to read.

I didn't really love Laurie and Aaron's relationship, just because I didn't really feel that chemistry between them. They were so vastly different; while sometimes opposites attract, I didn't really feel that in this case. I think part of my problem was I couldn't figure out their ages. Aaron is a prof, five years out of grad school, so I suppose he would be late twenties-early thirties maybe, and I don't think Laurie was over thirty, but in my mind, Aaron was just so much older, and Laurie was early twenties. I think that kind of messed up my accepting their relationship. It also felt a little instalove-y for me, the story was not even 100 pages in and they were already declaring their love for one another.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book, I just don't think I loved it as much as all the other reviewers I've read. If you are looking for some quirky characters and an inside look at the publishing world, definitely check this one out!