‘Sweet, sour and extremely spicy.’
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items? 1. Enjoy a drunken night out. 2. Ride a motorcycle. 3. Go camping. 4. Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex. 5. Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage. 6. Do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job. Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit. But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could ever teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what truth he is hiding beneath that rough exterior…
Ugh, I loved this book so much! Normally, I’m not such a huge fan of romance books, but this one really broke the pattern. I think I already know why though: it’s because this book was really character-driven. I loved the two protagonists Red and Chloe (and I loved the fact that the story was written from these two perspectives). They were completely fleshed out, with plausible backstories, intricate lives, and complications and all. It made these characters so unique and I think that’s part of the reason why I thought Chloe and Red were absolutely made for each other: they complemented each other in so many ways.
Talia Hibberts’ writing was also thoroughly enjoyable. It was an excellent combination of vulgar words, sarcasm, and perfectly adequate English sentences. I genuinely couldn’t stop reading from time to time. And I know I’ve just stated that this book mainly revolves around its characters, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a plot or anything, because there certainly was one. Chloe had to get a life. And she did, of course, but I think the way Talia Hibbert made Chloe’s disability a part of that storyline was brilliantly done. She incorporated it, but she didn’t make it Chloe’s whole personality.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown is certainly NOT a young adult book, so consider this your warning. It beautifully encompasses disability, diversity, and some sensitive topics like abusive past relationships, wrapped in a story about a man and a woman crossing paths and finding each other particularly intriguing. Sometimes sweet, sometimes sour, but extremely spicy. Enter at your own risk!
|Written by: Talia Hibbert|
|Publisher: Avon Books|
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