Published by Gallery Books on January 23rd 2018
Format: Netgalley eARC
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This is the classic tale of boy meets girl: Girl…goes home with someone else.
Meet Eve. She’s a dreamer, a feeler, a careening well of sensitivities who can’t quite keep her feet on the ground, or steer clear of trouble. She’s a laugher, a crier, a quirky and quick-witted bleeding-heart-worrier.
Meet Ben. He’s an engineer, an expert at leveling floors who likes order, structure, and straight lines. He doesn’t opine, he doesn’t ruminate, he doesn’t simmer until he boils over.
So naturally, when the two first cross paths, sparks don’t exactly fly. But then they meet again. And again. And then, finally, they find themselves with a deep yet fragile connection that will change the course of their relationship—possibly forever.
Follow Eve and Ben as they navigate their twenties on a winding journey through first jobs, first dates, and first breakups; through first reunions, first betrayals and, maybe, first love. This is When Harry Met Sally reimagined; a charming tale told from two unapologetically original points of view. With an acerbic edge and heartwarming humor, debut novelist Leslie Cohen takes us on a tour of what life looks like when it doesn’t go according to plan, and explores the complexity, chaos, and comedy in finding a relationship built to last.
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This Love Story Will Self-Destruct is a worthy entrant into the world of novels written with that special kind of tongue-in-cheek humor that won’t necessarily make you laugh out loud, but will definitely keep you smiling.
Eve is a lovable character who might best be described as goofy until you learn she’s not. She has had plenty of angst in her life. People have abandoned her — a fickle boyfriend (“It should be illegal for two English majors to date each other.”), a faithless father, and a mother who leaves for work one day and never comes back.
Ben is an engineer in every sense of the word — structured life, structured plans, structured thoughts. “I’d rather be quiet than full of sh*t,” he thinks, describing himself perfectly with that pithy statement. He’s a nice guy who’s bound to finish last in Eve’s world — a place where people without issues are suspect.
The storyline follows how two such very different people form a relationship which actually works against all odds. Oh, there are bumps along the way . . . bumps that will make you laugh, bumps that will make you sad, unexpected bumps, and bumps you could have predicted. As Eve’s sister Emma tells her “It’s like, a long time ago, you decided you’d never be happy.”
One of my favorite things about this novel is the accuracy of the picture the author paints of life in New York City for young professionals. We are so used to seeing the glitz and glamour portrayed in films and on television, it’s kind of a wake-up call to see that all New Yorkers don’t live that way.
This Love Story Will Self-Destruct is the kind of book that gives me hope for the future of literary fiction. It is fresh and funny and well-written and doesn’t rely on darkness, formulaic storylines, or gratuitous sex to hook readers. I think Ms. Cohen has a hit and I look forward to reading more of her work.
Many Thanks to Gallery Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review This Love Story Will Self-Destruct!