Title: Suffer Love
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Hadley St. Clair's life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone.
Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably "feels like home" to Hadley. Hadley and Sam's connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything.
Funny and passionate, Suffer Love is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate.
Sorry. Just give me a moment to gather my feels. *sniffles*
Okay. Here goes.
Suffer Love is a gorgeously heartfelt contemporary novel revolving around Hadley St.Clair and Sam Bennett. The two are drawn to each other, despite some things that Sam's been keeping secret that could ruin their relationship with each other.
The novel is told in a dual point of view, switching back and forth between Sam and Hadley's point of view per chapter. I feel like this switching back and forth is great for making you feel the most things. Anyways, the story follows the journey of both Sam and Hadley as they try and deal with the aftermath of their parents's choices.
Hadley is pretty and smart and has changed since she found out about her father's affair. Her family's changed too - her mother has stopped talking and she definitely doesn't want to do anything with her father despite the "homework" from the family counsellor.
Sam is also dealing with family issues. His father left them for Boston and his mother is treating him like a pariah. She's ecstatic about her new job and about the new opportunities that she has. However, she's never home and so it's up to Sam to cook for him and his little sister, Livy.
I like that Ashley is writing about the people who are within the blast radius of the affair. There are a lot of stories about people who cheat or people who are cheated upon, but rarely about the people who are around the aforementioned people.
The pair are drawn to each other, with Sam being pulled towards her like a magnet and Hadley by the fact that he feels like home to her. They are so steamy together and ugh I ship them. But I knew I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop, because Sam is keeping something from her that he knew would wreck their relationship.
And can I just say that despite some of the poor choices he makes, Sam's pretty much the perfect guy? He's cute. He cooks. He loves his baby sister. He's kind. He'll come pick you up in the middle of the night when you're having an emotional break down. <3
SUFFER LOVE is a beautiful, realistic novel about heartbreak, friendship, family and love. I love this novel (and Sam) and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Sam and Hadley's journey to finding absolution.
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.