Title: Love Notes (Love Notes ~ Book 1)
Author: Heather Gunter | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: April 30 2013
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Length: 243 Pages
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Cover Love: Cute, it matches the story.
Cover Love: Cute, it matches the story.
Point of View: Alternating 1st person between both Charlie and Maverick
My Rating: 4 Stars
Wow. What an emotional story this turned out to be. I fully expected the angst that comes with books centered around characters in high school, but Love Notes was something altogether more than that. You can't turn on the news nowadays without hearing a story about bullying. This is a hot topic at the moment, but in Love Notes the bullying comes from the most unlikely of places. Charlie's own parents.
I want to make this clear right off the bat, before I go any further. I have never hated two characters more in my entire life. Charlie's parents are straight from the pits of hell. Her father, more so than her mother, but both are equally to blame in my eyes. The emotional abuse that is thrust upon Charlie is more than anybody could ever handle, let alone a teenager. And the sad part is that I can so see this type of scenario playing out in many families. Maybe not all to the highest degree, such as in Charlie's case, but emotional abuse is a real issue faced by many people. And Heather Gunter has managed to take a quite series topic, and find a way for her character to find acceptance and love through the help of others. I truly hope that if somebody who faces this issue is able to read this book, and that it helps them to know there is life after the abuse.
Okay, now with the hard hitting message out of the way, let us talk about the characters. Charlie and Maverick. Charlie is so very sweet, kind and exactly what any well being parents would wish for as a daughter. Maverick is also sweet, understanding, and considerate. Even with him being the star quarterback, he is not what you would expect if you were to think of this type of character.
Together they are adorable, and they had me smiling on more than one occasion. This is very much a Young Adult title and I am happy to see that nothing it taken too far. I mean don't get me wrong, I love my steamy romances but I do believe there is a limit as to how far romance should be pushed for characters at this age. And Love Notes has just the right amount of romance, and may I add it is so very sweet. We are talking hearts, flowers and of course love notes.
The side characters, Tori and Will are both loveable. Tori is one hell of a friend to Charlie, and as soon as they met I knew they would be best friends for life. They just click, and I was so happy that Charlie found that bond because God knows she has never had it before. Will is completely smitten with Tori, but as we find out they did try to date once. Something happened however, and their feelings for each other are a constant undercurrent in this book. Thankfully they will get to tell their own story in Heart Strings, which at the time of this review is due to be published in September 2013.
Now for my only criticism. Love Notes really could have benefited from being a bit longer. I get the whole 'insta love' thing and to be honest it really doesn't throw me for a loop. When I read I am the queen of suspension of disbelief. I read for enjoyment, and as long as I am enjoying myself I do not find it hard to believe most things. So, no... the fact that Charlie and Mav instantly fall in love is not my issue. I just feel like the characters would have benefited from a bit more substance.
As mentioned above, the book really centers around a serious topic. I think if it would have been made longer and the characters were introduced to each other at a bit more slower pace, it would have benefited the overall story. Did the insta love ruin it? No of course not. These are just my thoughts on what would have improved an already great story.
Overall, I really enjoyed Love Notes, and I truly believe it will go on to help people who face emotional abuse. The story is heart warming, and in the end you will be happy with the journey it has taken you on.