Modern Love, Beau North
Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review.
"Love at first sight wasn't meant for millennials," thinks Alice Aberdeen: art student, recovering addict, David Bowie enthusiast. Alice is among the recently dumped and only wants to keep her nose to the grindstone until she finishes her degree. Her sister has other ideas and sets her up with new-in-town Will Murphy--tall, dark, and aloof. To say it wasn't an instant attraction is an understatement: He finds her abrasive, with her sharp tongue and don't-screw-with-me attitude. She thinks he's excessively reserved, too damn serious. But the more time Alice spends with Will, the more their slow burn begins to thaw her heart. A man of two worlds, half-Irish, half-Indian, Will feels at home with Alice. He soon realizes her tough shell is hiding extensive scar tissue--from her addiction and recovery to her spectacularly bad ex-girlfriend to the loss of her mother. Modern Love isn't a story about love at first sight but learning to love yourself before being able to see the one you love.
What a perfect book!
There was something about the plot that was incredibly dark and enticing, just like the slow burning romance between Will and Alice, which I loved. I absolutely adored these two characters, as well as their fellow cast mates, which were all brilliant and very different and important.
Alice is a gorgeous main character. I absolutely loved that she had a past with trauma and addiction, without making a fuss out of it. I absolutely loved the fact that she was bisexual as well and that it was just a detail of her.
All of that is thanks to Beau North's great writing: it made me care, it made me laugh, it made me swoon. Side note, everybody needs a Will in their life.
Besides, I have to mention Alice's obsession with David Bowie. I feel very connected to that part of her. (Also: loved the last paragraph of the acknowledgments; still not over them all. Never will.)
I loved this book and I cannot thank the author enough for writing it.
- "She seems the kind of girl who'd break your bones, your balls, and your will to live."
- "Her smile is a jackknife that pins me to my seat, balls first."
- "I challenge you to find two blacker, more cynical hearts than theirs."
- "You're... You're kind of amazing, you know that?
- Murphy, my good man, you have no idea."
- "When my energy flagged so went my social graces."
- "I don't know what you mean." said the lying liar who lies.
- "Winter in Minnesota was like a bad boyfriend: it always came too early and hung around too long."
- "The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long."
- "Keeping me from my morning coffee is a surefire way to lose a limb, mister."
- "My favorite color is green, or it was until I saw you in that purple dress the other night."