Monday 30 July 2018

BOOK REVIEW | 'How to Write a Love Story' by Katy Cannon (****)

Hey guys, and happy Monday! Today I'm thrilled to be sharing with you another book review, of Katy Cannon's brand spanking new YA novel, How to Write a Love Story! The premise for this book is unlike any other YA book I have heard of before, and I was so excited to start reading it and see if it lived up to expectations. I love books that explore the theme of writing itself and I was super intrigued to see how Cannon explored this in her novel. 

How to Write a Love Story follows Tilly Frost - grandaughter of Beatrix Frost - one of the most notorious and well-loved romance authors. Tilly has always adored her grandmother's books and recently, even helped her grandmother in the process of writing them, but everything suddenly changes when, for Beatrix's next novel, she wants a little more than Tilly's suggestions. For the first time, Tilly has to step into her grandmother's shoes. But how does one write a rip-roaring romantic novel without any experience in romance herself?

I was kindly sent How to Write a Love Story by Stripes Publishing in exchange for an honest review :)

Intrigued? Check out the blurb here...

Tilly Frost has grown up reading her grandmother's bestselling romance novels - so when the one and only Beatrix Frost is taken ill, Tilly finishes writing her latest work. Then Tilly agrees to start the next book. But what is her gran hiding from her? And how can Tilly write a heart-pounding romance when she's never been in love? Can she turn her school crush into something more? One thing Tilly should know is that the course of true love never did run smooth...

If you liked FANGIRL, you'll love this!

As I mentioned before, I love stories about writing stories. This was such a great premise for a YA novel, and I'm happy to say that this book completely lived up to my expectations. I thought Tilly was a fantastic character who knew her own mind and her own capabilities, and I especially loved the dynamic between her and her grandmother, Beatrix. You don't get that many grandchild/grandparent relationships in YA, and I was happy to see one presented so well. 

The plot itself was great, and I was intrigued to see how Tilly got on with both her writing and her quest to fall in love. I think Cannon depicted the writing process brilliantly, and it was so interested to read about. I enjoyed all the twists and turns and how things eventually worked out in a way that I wasn't expecting. All of the characters were carefully crafted to add some complexity to the story, and I loved how they interacted together. I particularly liked the friendship between Tilly, Anja and Rohan. 

Just like in the last Katy Cannon book I read, And Then We Ran, I thought the writing was wonderfully fresh and brilliantly descriptive. Cannon is undoubedtly a master storyteller, and understands the teenage mind so well. This is so important for YA novels, as what kind of teenager wants to read about a teenager who doesn't seem like one at all?! How to Write a Love Story is a superbly unique story all about writing and friends and family and staying true to yourself and your feelings. It is definitely one that you need to get on your TBR list, you won't regret it!

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Until next time :)

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