I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Suffer Love
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): Hadley St. Clair’s life changed the day she came home to a front door covered in slips of paper, each of them revealing the ugly truth about her father. Now as her family falls apart in the wake of his year-long affair, Hadley wants everyone-her dad most of all-to leave her alone.
Then she meets Sam Bennett, a cute new boy who inexplicably “feels like home” to Hadley. Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret about his family that could ruin everything.
Funny and passionate, Suffer Love is a story about first love, family dysfunction, and the fickle hand of fate.
Get your tissues ready! You will definitely need them after reading Suffer Love, a book about a family that is falling apart. This book is told in alternating perspectives, which really helps the reader understand the events better, and has a big theme of family. I really enjoyed this one, despite the more serious topic.
Suffer Love deals with a family that gets torn apart because of an affair. Hadley’s life completely changes all because of a few notes stuck on her front door. Her family moves somewhere new to escape the drama and start fresh. I loved how all the backstory is sort of revealed at different parts of the book, making it suspenseful. I’m not a fan of a massive info dump, so I was glad to see that this book didn’t do that.
The way that Suffer Love is narrated is in alternating perspectives. This was really interesting to read because Sam and Hadley are pretty contrasting characters. Also, each of them has their own secrets that they keep from each other. Knowing more information about each of them and both sides of the story really helps me appreciate and understand the characters more.
I really enjoyed the theme of family in Suffer Love. I love seeing parents in books and I feel like when family is incorporated into a novel, it makes the story more realistic. What is interesting about this book is the fact that the reader gets to see two different families that are both falling apart. Watching their slow recoveries unfold is so inspiring and I felt really attached to both of them by the end of the book.
Suffer Love is about a broken family and is told in alternating points of view. The theme of family really intrigued me, as that is something that I love to see in books. I would recommend this book to fans of darker, more sad and serious books, as that is exactly the kind of book that Suffer Love is.