Review: F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher

F*ck Love

F*ck Love
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Publisher: Tarryn Fisher
Published: December 31, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

2 stars new


Synopsis new

Helena Conway has fallen in love.
Unwillingly. Unwittingly.
But not unprovoked.
Kit Isley is everything she’s not—unstructured, untethered,
and not even a little bit careful.
It could all be so beautiful … if he wasn’t dating her best friend.
Helena must defy her heart, do the right thing, and think of others.
Until she doesn’t.

my thoughts new

“The best kind of love is the love that isn’t supposed to happen.”

Apparently, I am one of the minority here who didn’t exactly warm up to the story and I feel like the odd ball for not loving it like the rest of the readers. This book was actually written well. Tarryn Fisher has a way with words that offer a real pleasure to the readers and one thing that particularly made me feel interested to go on and finish what I’ve started was the humor. It was extremely hilarious! It’s just that, I didn’t find myself really invested in the book.

F*ck Love begins when one day, Helena dreamed about Kit. In her dream, they were together and were happily residing in Washington together with their baby named Brandi. When she woke up, she eventually started to create a fantasy that somehow, perhaps she and Kit will be together and will be in love for real. Slowly she developed feelings for him, which she didn’t expect at all knowing that Kit was already taken and worse, in a relationship with her best friend Della. Helena, on the other hand, was also in a relationship with Neil, so that makes everything complicated.

I really find the book promising. It’s my first time to read a book written by Tarryn Fisher (I don’t know if Never Never counts, but yeah) However, no matter how entertaining the book appeared to be, it fell short to me because of the somewhat unbelievable characterization and weak plot. Helena, for me, fell a little over the top. I have nothing against her bubbly personality. She was funny at times and I find her fangirling over Harry Potter so amusing, but then I couldn’t connect to her. At times I find her unbelievable and a bit immature, too. The author, in my opinion, basically failed to make Helena appear “unique” and “refreshing” to the audience.

Kit, on the other hand, didn’t strike me as an interesting character. Normally I always end up swooning over beautiful, hot male leads but with Kit, nah. Aside from the fact that his character seemed lacking when it comes to descriptions, he was a bit coward and weak to me. Not to mention boring. All throughout the book, I wanted to see some development in his character. Some surprise. But I got nothing from him, and that alone didn’t make him stand out.

The plot was also unsatisfying and it didn’t feel as clean to me. Most of the scenes also failed to hold my attention.. which was so sad. I admit a had high expectations for this book, especially because I’ve heard so many great things about the author and her previous works, but I think I had set my bar too high and now I end up feeling disappointed. 😦 Nevertheless, it was the humor that made the book charming to me. But emotionally wise, it didn’t captivate me.


2 stars new

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xo pearl


10 thoughts on “Review: F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher

  1. You’re not alone. Even some of her most loyal fans found this book to not live up to their expectations. I’ve heard numerous times that Kit was hard to like because of how cowardly he behaved. That’s why I’m so hesitant to read it even though I’ve loved all her other books lol I like strong male leads and he doesn’t seem to embody that. I do still highly recommend the Love Me with Lies trilogy. It’s her first set of books ever written and they are amazing! 🙂


    • Wow glad to know I’m not the only one. Haha! Yes, dear. Kit was really difficult to like. 😦 I can’t even find myself swooning over him and I considered that a bad sign that I will really end up not liking the book. I agree with you, strong male leads are one big factor to make the book overall interesting. However, Kit did not belong to that category. 😦 I’m actually so sad because it’s my first TF read (aside from Never2x). However, I’m not closing my doors for her. Will still read her other books, especially the one you recommend (thank you, dear! 😉 ) Love Me with Lies. 🙂 I’ve heard they’re really phenomenal.

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      • You’re welcome 🙂 I hope you enjoy that trilogy. Caleb (the hero in Love Me with Lies) is absolutely swoon-worthy lol 😉


  2. Sorry to hear this one didn’t work for you, Pearl. Like you, I’ve never read anything by Tarryn Fisher (yeah, except for Never Never) so I know nothing about her writing. This synopsis sounded interesting, though, so it’s kind of been on my radar. Sounds like there were several issues for you here and it just didn’t work for you at all. Still not sure if I’ll try this one or not but I enjoyed reading your thoughts on it.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books


    • 😦 Thank you, Tanya. It’s not a great first read from this author for me, but yeah, I still want to read her other books so let’s see. 🙂 I agree with you, the synopsis, the title, and its cover were really catchy and those are the reasons why I read it in the first place. 🙂 I still encourage you to read this one, Tanya. Maybe it will work out better for you. I’ve read so many positive reviews of this book so perhaps you’ll be one of the people who end up liking this. 🙂 I wish you luck! xo


  3. I’ve seen this over at Goodreads and I really wanted to try Tarryn’s writing when she’s alone and not co-writing with CoHo! I honestly had reservations that’s why I haven’t picked it up ’til now! 🙂 So sorry to hear it didn’t quite live up to your expectations, Pearl! Now off to your next read! 🙂


    • My friend (a Tarry Fisher fan) said that I should’ve read The Opportunist first. She didn’t like this book much. Haha! Bad decisions. Lol. Still, I’m gonna try her other books. Maybe you should also give The Opportunist a try, sis. 🙂 Thank you so much, sis. 🙂


      • I saw The Opportunist in National Bookstore just the other day! Haha. I’m definitely gonna try it soonest! 😀


  4. It’s a shame it didn’t live up to your expectations, but I get like that too when I hear the hype around a certain book. I think, because this book is only £2 on Amazon, and you’ve pointed out some good things about it, that I’ll give it a go. Great review!


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