Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover


I honestly didn't think I could love a Coleen Hoover novel more than I loved Hopeless, but now I do. Ugly Love was an almost impeccable piece of NA fiction, and gobbled it up.

The moment Miles and Tate meet, it's an instantaneous attraction. It doesn't matter that he's secretive and she's as hopeful and open as anyone could be, they want each other. So they strike up a deal; a no-strings sex deal, with only two rules: don't ask about the past and don't expect a future. But as soon as they spend their first night together, Tate knows that she won't be able to follow these rules. She feels something with Miles that she has never felt before, a feeling she's always wanted to. But no matter how many times she thinks she can change his mind, he won't give her anything more. There is always an ugly side to love, and Tate is about to experience it.

I don't know if I was just reading this at the right time or what--considering all the so-so reviews I've read by my friends on Goodreads--but I freaking loved this book. Every. Single. Page. It was almost flawless. It takes a lot for me to give a book five stars--it's something I reserve for only my favorite books and series. But this book almost could have made it. It's that good.

I can't help but compare this novel to Hopeless because it's the only other Colleen Hoover novel that I read and really enjoyed. And though Miles has experienced a lot of hurt in his life, it's not the disgusting kind of hurt that Sky had experienced in Hopeless. So right away I liked that more. Also, I like that there were more sexy times in this book compared to that one; it shows that Colleen Hoover is growing as the genre grows. Plus, they are amusing as hell to read. And damn! So very steamy--especially the car scene.

I loved how dead inside I felt as I read this, which is a weird thing to say, but it's true. I was convinced it wasn't going to end happily because of how closed off Miles was. I understand that that personality aspect is a common trope in NA fiction, but this book just made it feel so much more real.

There were only two things I didn't like as much about this novel. The first being Tate's infatuation with Miles. I realize that this is the whole point of the novel, but she was just so stupid about him. I'll let you in on a little secret: if a guy tells you he will never want love from you, you should listen to him! Don't be the woman who thinks she can change his mind, because 99% of the time, you are going to end up crying in the corner, your heart broken. And second, I didn't think that Miles narration needed to be written in verse. It felt super weird to me.

But seriously all, if you haven't read this book, you should rectify that immediately. It was a wonderful novel that I will absolutely read again.

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