Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

April 8, 2015 Reviews 17

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Ugly Love by Colleen HooverUgly Love by Colleen Hoover
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Atria Books on August 5, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 337
Length: 9 hours 14 minutes
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

I’ve been meaning to read Colleen Hoover for quite a while, but when I started reading reviews for Ugly Love I knew. Knew that this was the one I couldn’t resist. The title appealed to me, promising a book that would break my heart. And what more can you want from a book right? Yes, I am a masochist when it comes to my books.

Well it totally shattered my heart, but not at all in the way I expected. I mean, there was the obvious pain, but the real shattering moment was almost too much. I had been reading Ugly Love all day, non-stop. It was soooo good. But at that moment I stopped (until the next day), because I couldn’t take it. I hadn’t seen it coming and it destroyed me. I couldn’t cry at first, because of shock – and then I cried the ugliest tears I think a book has ever produced in me. It was rough.

Ugly Love will make you feel – but not just sadness. I laughed my ass off early on in the book. I smiled with joy and my heart was warmed. It was the full range of emotions – the good, the bad, and yeah – the ugly.

The characters are really well written – how else could I feel so much, right? The way Colleen Hoover alternates between points of view and time frames is executed beautifully and really connects things in unexpected ways.

I have two minor complaints – and they’re interconnected. In the bits that take place 6 years in the past, we get a fairly healthy dose of teenage angst, spurred on my some seriously bad – self-involved, blind – parenting. I can handle both of these things to an extent, but there was a bit more than I like and I didn’t feel it really was necessary. It wasn’t head enough to make me dislike Ugly Love, but its worth noting and docking half a star.

Beautifully written, Ugly Love won me over immediately as a fan of Colleen Hoover. If you feel like an emotional book, look no further! And, as a bonus, I’ve recently discovered that Ugly Love is being made into a movie! Score! Let’s hope they don’t mess it up!

4.5 stars I loved it
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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

17 Responses to “Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover”

  1. Amilia

    Hi Berls, I simply wanted to write down a quick word to say thanks to you for those wonderful book review you are presenting on this site. This book looks like a nice addition to my readed collection.

    • Berls

      I can see how it being my first book by CoHo could make me appreciate it a bit more. I’m glad to hear Hopeless is so good, I actually own it on audio 🙂

    • Berls

      Thanks Naomi! She really gets you. right? I mean you know SOMETHING is coming, but in no way could I have dreamed of something so… ugly!

  2. Bookworm Brandee

    *ha* Yeah CHoover is always going to give you the feels, Berls. And ugly tears, honestly. I read Slammed back in the summer of 2012 and became an instant fan. But I hadn’t read her newer books – for whatever reason. I read Hopeless last month for my Reading Assignment and it was amazing and left me emotionally wrung out. So I can only imagine what Ugly Love is going to do to me. (but you know I’m a masochist as well, right?) I wanted to say one thing towards your complaint…at least in regards to the parenting…CHoover used to be a social worker. I’m sure she’s seen things we can’t even imagine and maybe it wasn’t that necessary to the story but maybe that’s why it was included? I’m just guessing but that was my first thought when I read your review. Anywho, I’m so glad you enjoyed your introduction to CHoover.

    p.s. I have *finally* found an audiobook that has me really HOOKED. I’m still working on the same one I’ve been working on…but I don’t want to stop listening. 🙂
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    • Berls

      Squee! yay! what is it? I’m so glad 🙂

      That’s an interesting insight about CoHo. Especially from her perspective, these parents probably weren’t bad at all! They weren’t horrible, just so self-involved and blind! I think it bothered me, because I’m a parent and really hope I’m not so blind to my son!

  3. Lexxie

    Yes, Berls! So many ugly tears! I thought my heart would never be mended… And I’m so happy you enjoyed your first CoHo book so much, even with the little half-star you had to take off 😉
    Awesome review, I actually have tears in my eyes right now because you got me thinking about that one moment in Ugly Love once more…
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    • Berls

      I know what you mean, I actually read it a while ago now, but reading my review has brought me back. I totally understood why he was do damaged. How do you recover from something like that? Just reading it destroyed me!

  4. Ramona

    I’ve been meaning to read her too, for a while now, because I keep seeing her books on blogs and they’re almost always accompanied by positive reviews. I just need to carve up some space in my reading schedule, lol… I love the good, the bad and the ugly, especially if they’re as well done as you say. Don’t know about the blond parenting bit – guess I’d have to read it. Which I will. Soon. Really nice review, ducks.
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    • Berls

      I look forward to hearing what you think – of this, or any of her books. The blind parenting was annoying from a parental perspective, but it wasn’t unrealistic. It happens, I’m sure, and could have been worse.

    • Berls

      Emotional is right! Are they all so emotionally intense?! I agree with you, though. I think this story is beautiful, perhaps because of the things that also make it ugly.

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