Book Review | Love Your Life | By Sophie Kinsella






Women’s Fiction | Romance

Love Your Life
Call Ava romantic, but she thinks love should be found in the real world, not on apps that filter men by height, job, or astrological sign. She believes in feelings, not algorithms. So after a recent breakup and dating app debacle, she decides to put love on hold and escapes to a remote writers' retreat in coastal Italy. She's determined to finish writing the novel she's been fantasizing about, even though it means leaving her close-knit group of friends and her precious dog, Harold, behind. At the retreat, she's not allowed to use her real name or reveal any personal information. When the neighboring martial arts retreat is canceled and a few of its attendees join their small writing community, Ava, now going by "Aria," meets "Dutch," a man who seems too good to be true. The two embark on a baggage-free, whirlwind love affair, cliff-jumping into gem-colored Mediterranean waters and exploring the splendor of the Italian coast. Things seem to be perfect for Aria and Dutch. But then their real identities--Ava and Matt--must return to London. As their fantasy starts to fade, they discover just how different their personal worlds are. From food choices to annoying habits to sauna etiquette . . . are they compatible in anything? And then there's the prickly situation with Matt's ex-girlfriend, who isn't too eager to let him go. As one mishap follows another, it seems while they love each other, they just can't love each other's lives. Can they reconcile their differences to find one life together?  ( Goodreads)




My thoughts


Narrative and Plot






Before we begin,  even if I have mentioned this before,  Sophie Kinsella is one of my all time favorite authors. She is the one who got me into reading chic-lits. It is a possibility that the affection for the body of her work might reflect in my reviews.

Even so, there is no denying that Love You Life is a cutesy, escapist love story that most of us need this year. It takes you through 400 pages of absolute fun and charm which is the perfect escape from reality. Because, lets face it – “Real is hard”. The story is told from Ava/Aria’s perspective. She is an aspiring writer and if you have read my bio you know it is super relatable to me. Ava is your typical Sophie Kinsella heroine but still, she is refreshing and fun to read.

The plot has many ups and downs throughout. It is whimsical one moment and crashes to reality at the other. I guess, life is often like that if you look at it objectively. It was cheesy in a good fun way. Except for a bit of drama in the end, which I am not sure where to place.





Characters and Conflicts



Ava/Aria and Dutch are just adorable characters with their own complexities. A lot of the things feel wishy-washy but the book comes round the circle and acknowledges it later on. The supporting cast is vibrant and blend into the story perfectly. There isn’t a single boring character in the story. They complemented the main characters throughout the story, sometimes even calling out their flaws. 

Considering the last two Sophie Kinsella books, I was keeping my expectations low. But this one turned out to be sweet. It is not life changing but it had me captivated with the witty charm of the main character Ava.
The book has a holiday fairy tale romance but it shows what happens after the happily ever after.









If you’re looking for a whirlwind romance with quirky characters, Love your Life is a must read. If you’re a devoted citizen in the Sophieland, this book is your VIP invitation to the prime annual event in the country. Enjoy your stay.  



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