Foxglove Lee – I Hate Love

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Author: Foxglove Lee
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: Prizm Books
Genre: F/F Young Adult
ISBN 13:

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary:  Half the school calls Laura “The Ice Queen.” Even her closest friends have never seen her cry… until she’s assigned to debate a Pro-Valentine’s Day position in class. As far as Laura and Mila are concerned, V-Day’s just an excuse to sell chocolate. Their friend Jaden says they’re against Valentine’s Day because they hate love. Maybe he’s right. Laura’s never wanted the things teens are supposed to want most. Why is she so different?

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, warmth creeps into Laura’s life from unexpected places. By midnight, life might not feel quite so icy. 

Review: For the story of Laura and Mila only, I’d give this short story a solid 4.  The author calls this an “anti-romance romance” and that is so what you’d think.  These best friends are lovely, with Mila confident and Laura confused and unsure (and bullied at school).  Their third BFF, Jaden, is the romance-believer.  The three are part of the debate team and are assigned the Pro-Valentine position.   A teasing jab on the part of Jaden sends the “Ice Queen” into tears, followed by an un-Laura-like rage.  What is up?

This part of it was so engaging.  Where I had questions concerned Jaden, I felt that was left so open and the teacher gave up too easily.  It sounds dangerous and that left me a little uncomfortable.  Possibly there is more coming to the story, which would be wonderful.

Recommended for readers of young adult, romantic despite Laura’s assurances to the contrary.

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