2018 Reviews · a-z author challenge 2018 · contemporary fiction

Book Broadcast: Almost Love by Louise O’Neill


Book Broadcast is a post I have created to help ease the load of the books I have for review. It is a great way to spread the word, providing recognition to an author or publisher for sending me a book to review. As my reviewing and blogging duties have stepped up a notch in the last year, I don’t often have the time to complete an in depth review. I hope you can discover some new titles to read through this regular book post.

About Almost Love:almost love small

When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard.

So it doesn’t matter that he’s twenty years older. That he sees her only in secret. That, slowly but surely, she’s sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him.

Sarah’s friends are worried. Her father can’t understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she’s on the verge of losing her job.

But Sarah can’t help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew.

And love is supposed to hurt.

Isn’t it?

While searching for a book to read for one of the challenges I am completing this year, the A-Z author challenge, directed me to a personal purchase and resident on my TBR shelf, Almost Love by Louise O’Neill. I haven’t read any previous material written by this Irish author, but I have seen plenty of favourable book buzz on Asking For It, O’Neill’s previous novel.  Almost Love unravels in a THEN and NOW story composition. It gradually reveals the state of affairs of a young teacher and aspiring artist, Sarah. Embarking on a clandestine love affair with a destructive and selfish man twenty years her senior has far reaching implications for young Sarah. Now two years on from the affair, we glean a lot about how this relationship has filtered into Sarah’s career, aspirations, friendships, family relationships and current love life. Almost Love is emotional, raw, heartbreaking, agonising, depressing, frustrating and thought provoking. It is an introspective study of the sexes, how we respond to an obsessive form of love and a relationship that everyone can see is doomed from the start. Although it gave plenty of food for thought, the poor behaviour of the lead protagonists (immature and degrading), the unappealing nature of the characters themselves, the bleak subject matter and a messy plot, which intersperses dialogue with messages between Matthew, the object of Sarah’s infatuation and Sarah herself, didn’t quite capture me.

Would you be willing to give this book a go? Have you read Almost Love or Asking For It by Louise O’Neill? Get in touch!

Almost Love by Louise O’Neill was published on 13th March 2018 by Hachette. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

*Book ‘O’ of the a-z author challenge 2018



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