Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review Book : Love Struck- Chantel Simmons


Pages: 272

Published: 2010

Date Finished: 21st June 2011

Rating: 3 Stars

A funny, heartfelt story about losing the perfect life–and finding a real one.

When twenty-seven-year-old image consultant Poppy Ross discovers that her handsome and seemingly devoted husband Parker is having an affair, she is dumbfounded. Before she has chance to confront him, however, he is struck by lightning. When he regains consciousness, he has lost his short-term memory—including that of the affair. Given a chance to erase history and possibly save her marriage, Poppy decides to remake herself in the mistress’s image, so that Parker might never be tempted to stray again. Her quest to become his perfect woman has disastrous and hilarious results—and just might turn out to be the worst thing possible for their relationship – Good Reads Synopsis.


When Samantha at Chick Lit Plus asked me if I wanted to be part of the ‘Love Struck’ Blog tour I had to jump on the wagon and give it a ride to chick-lit town, after reading the synopsis emailed to me I couldn’t wait until the book arrived and when I did I was overwhelmed with excitement [it being my first physical review book]. The premise was promising and with only a few days to get stuck into it in May I knew I was sad when I know I wouldn’t be able to get it read in time for the tour. None the less I read it eagerly, determined to get stuck into it. However there was one overruling factor in the novel that made the reading experience for me less enjoyable, and that was the main character - Poppy.

Don’t get me wrong. A woman scorned is a connection I can make as I myself have gone through the experience of a cheating partner, it wasn’t even that though. It was the way she handle being cheated on and how she forced herself to be someone she truly was not. In my experience if someone didn’t like you for what you were before they sure aren’t going to like you for the cosmetic things- like for insane nails and skin. I wanted to enjoy Poppy so much, but for the majority of the novel she annoyed me.

Love Struck was definitely a riot in the humour department and while I cringed at a lot of Poppy’s attempts to ‘revamp herself’ I found myself laughing throughout the whole novel. It was freaking hilarious.

What I liked about the novel was the underling messages. That communication is really a major part of a relationship and without it a lot can get lost in translation. It made me think a lot about my relationship and its past and how one misunderstanding can really be embellished to make it much worse than it really is. And staying true to yourself. It is so easy to get lost in what you think everyone expects you to be and honestly does take more effort. Sometimes we need to stay true to ourselves because there are people who truly do love and appreciate us for who we are.

While I didn’t really enjoy the novels progression or the characters, I took a lot from it and for me that made it a more enjoyable read in the end.

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